The top vote getters for this years MLS all star team were announced today. While this won't be the exact first team that gets it's arse kicked by Manchester United (I think it was 5-1 last year) due to some teams having important CCL qualification games to play instead (that's why no TFC players were chosen, it must be, it's the only logical explanation.), it's basically a way to see who's MLS' most popular, if not perhaps most deserving players.
Thus while players like Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan and (if he's fit) Rafa Marquez are big names who deserve to be there based on their play this season, there's a lot of fluff there, mainly extra players from New York and Los Angeles. Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez are good young players, full of potential, but all stars? Not if they were on any other club. And Sean Franklin as well? Hmmm. Kasey Keller is the opposite of those two, riding his name and popularity from his career in England and with the U.S to a third straight appearance. I could see the argument for all those guys I suppose, but the one that most makes it a laughing stock, though the least surprising choice of all is David Beckham. You know. That guy who has treated MLS as an afterthought for most of his 5 years here, including missing games this year for Phil Neville's testimonial and the royal bloody wedding.
A couple of deserving players from smaller teams did make it. Chris Wondolowski of San Jose who's having a decent follow up campaign to his Golden Boot season last year, and Brek Shea who's been a huge part of FC Dallas' recovery this year after a slow start and injury to last years MLS MVP David Ferreira. Jack Jewsbury should probably be in that category as well, as he's had a good year for Portland, though I'd say there are more desevbing candidates than him and he probably benefitted from the 'new to MLS' enthusiasm of the Timbers Army.
The full eleven: Keller (Seattle Sounders), Ream, Marquez (New York Red Bulls, Gonzalez, Franklin (L.A Galaxy); Beckham, Donovan, (L.A) Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Shea (FC Dallas); Henry (New York), Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Interested in what all the MLS SB Nation editors, including yours truly, collectively decided should be the all star team/ You can check that out here, as well as our picks for MVP, Coach, Goalie and Rookie of the year (Joao Plata didn't win, but gets an honourable mention, the best any TFC player fared).
Edit: The player who got most votes specifically by text message got selected to the squad as well, and that was Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler.