Every summer around the weeks leading up to the Major League Soccer All-Star Game, MLS Commissioner Don Garber completes the roster of league reprentatives with his two Commissioner's picks. Basically, a pair of unsuspecting MLS players, who were probably previously ticked off to have not been voted in, are added to the roster and rewarded with a spot in the game.
It's kind of like at Christmas, when you thought Santa Claus was going to bring you that really awesome, 10,000-piece LEGO set that you've been asking for since you first saw it in August, but you open all your presents and it's not there. So your parents tell you they've got one more surprise for you, and you should go look in the garage. You look in the garage, and boom! 10,000 LEGOs to leave all over the floor of the house for the next year.
Only, your parents are Santa in that story, and Garber is Santa to the MLS All-Stars. Unless you're five years old and you're reading this, in which case, Santa Claus very much exists and your parents have nothing to do with him.
Back to the story at hand: Commissioner Garber will once again round out the 2013 MLS All-Star roster with his two Commissioner's picks. We take a look at the all-time Commissioner's picks roster, dating back to 2000:
2000: Luis Hernandez and Brian McBride
2001: Luis Hernandez and Santino Quaranta
2002: Marco Etcheverry and Joselito Vaca
2003: Mauricio Cienfuegos and Hong Myung-Bo
2004: Freddy Adu and Jason Kreis
2005: Christian Gomez and Taylor Twellman
2006: Alecko Eskandarian and Richard Mulrooney
2007: Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope
2008: Dwayne De Rosario and Edson Buddle
2009: Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales
2010: Jaime Moreno and Brian Ching
2011: Juan Agudelo and Omar Bravo
2012: Carlos Valdés and Ramiro Corrales
There's a little bit of everything there from the Commissioner — hometown heroes, iconic veterans, rising stars. Who should Garber reward this season?