Head coach Caleb Porter has to put a gameplan together to face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on August 6 (9:30 pm ET, ESPN2, UniMas, TSN, RDS).
And he needs your help.
Beginning on May 28, MLS fans can vote for 11 players – the All-Star Fan XI – who will then be made available for Porter to use for the match in Portland's Providence Park.
There are 152 players on the fan ballot as nominated by media members and the ballots close on July 11 at 3 pm ET. There will also be a Twitter vote that will take place from July 2-6.
In addition, a forward will also be determined by fans through the AT&T/EA SPORTS™ “More than a Vote” Challenge. The MLS forward with the most goals scored in the EA SPORTS FIFA 14 game will join the All-Star Fan XI, which will be revealed on July 16.
Porter, whose full-time job is head coach of the Portland Timbers, will ultimately select the gameday roster and the starting lineup from the list of players made available to him as determined by media, fans, players and two picks made by MLS commissioner Don Garber that will be announced in July.
A total of 32 All-Stars are named each year – 4 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 13 midfielders, 7 forwards – per the MLS-MLSPU Collective Bargaining Agreement and the full list of inactive players – those not selected to the gameday roster – will be revealed on August 6 on MLSsoccer.com.