Francesco Totti won't be shooting on an empty net come July 31, which means someone's got to get the nod between the pipes. Why not have a say?
MLS released the list of players eligible for fan voting and opened the ballot box for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Thursday, and one goalkeeper from each MLS club has been named to the list. But who gets your vote?
Sporting KC fans will surely stuff the ballot box for hometown favorite Jimmy Nielsen. Meanwhile, Portland supporters have made it clear that Donovan Ricketts should be a favorite whenever fan votes come into play.
Then again, the sizable Sounders contingent might take that as a challenge, with Michael Gspurning likely to garner neutral votes as well. No matter the season, Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando is a solid choice as well. Don't forget about Montreal Impact netminder Troy Perkins, either.
Whoever you choose, don’t forget that All-Star voting is open on MLSsoccer.com. The time to make your voice heard is, well, now. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur later this month.
The 10 players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods, plus one decided via the FIFA Ultimate Team Tournament, will be named to the Fan XI.
MLS ALL-STAR GOALKEEPER CANDIDATES (19):
CHICAGO FIRE: Sean Johnson
CHIVAS USA: Dan Kennedy
COLUMBUS CREW: Andy Gruenebaum
COLORADO RAPIDS: Clint Irwin
D.C. UNITED: Bill Hamid
FC DALLAS: Raul Fernandez
HOUSTON DYNAMO: Tally Hall
LA GALAXY: Carlo Cudicini
MONTREAL IMPACT: Troy Perkins
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: Bobby Shuttleworth
NEW YORK RED BULLS: Luis Robles
PHILADELPHIA UNION: Zac MacMath
PORTLAND TIMBERS: Donovan Ricketts
REAL SALT LAKE: Nick Rimando
SEATTLE SOUNDERS: Michael Gspurning
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Jon Busch
SPORTING KANSAS CITY: Jimmy Nielsen
TORONTO FC: Joe Bendik
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS: Joe Cannon