Posted on July 8, 2012
LA Galaxy and U.S. international midfielder Landon Donovan on Sunday was selected to his 12th MLS all-star game.
He was voted into the Major League Soccer First XI by fans for the July 25 match against Chelsea (England) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Donovan has been selected for the all-star game for every season he made his debut as a teenager in 2001. He broke the record he tied with former MetroStars and D.C. United star central defender Eddie Pope, who made 111 appearances.
The entire First XI:
Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
De Rosario is a member of the Canadian National Team.
The First XI necessarily will not be be the starting lineup for the MLS. United coach Ben Olsen, who was given the all-star coaching job after original selection Peter Nowak was fired by the Philadelphia Union last month, will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations.
Two selections by MLS commissioner Don Garber and the complete game day roster, which will be announced on ESPN during halftime of the Red Bulls-Seattle Sounders game at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, July 15.
Photo: Landon Donovan has been selected to the MLS all-star game 12 times. Andy Mead/YCJ
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