For the second straight year Michael Bradley was voted by the fans into Major League Soccer's starting 11 for the league's All-Star Game. The American captain is having his best season in the league as inheriting the captains armband has taken him to the next level of his game for both club and country.
Bradley has 2 goals and 3 assists so far this season for Toronto in 13 games and has proven this season that he is the heartbeat of the club. Being moved up the field into an attacking role has done wonders for the American star as he's been far more of a threat this season.
Bradley is joined by a number of US men's national team teammates including Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) and Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders).
Rounding out the starting eleven are midfielders Kaka of Orlando City SC, Obafemi Martins of the Seattle Sounders and David Villa of New York City FC.
Meanwhile Sebastian Giovinco is still waiting for a call from Antonio Conte and the Italian national team, and he will have to wait for a call to MLS All-Star team as well. The current MLS MVP front runner was not voted into the league's fan-voted starting 11 and was snubbed by Don Garber as well missing out on the two commissioner picks.
Those picks are incredibly controversial, going to ex-EPL and England stars Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Neither player has played a single game in Major League Soccer so far.
Giovinco is coming off his best, statistically at least, performance in the league with three goals and an assist in a 4-4 draw with New York City FC. He is second in the league in goals with 11, and fourth in the league in assists with 8. Those goals mean Giovinco is already a tied for seventh all time on the Toronto FC all time goalscoring list.
Being snubbed by both the fans and commissioner comes as a slap in the face for the Italian, who has done nothing but impress since coming to the league. He will likely still be named to the roster, however, as Colorado Rapids and All-Star coach Pablo Mastroeni would be even more foolish not to pick him.
The MLS All-stars are coming off a victory after defeating Bayern Munich 2-1 in last year's event on goals by Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan.
This year they will face Tottenham Hotspur who finished fifth in the English Premier League this season. Spurs boast stars like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris and Erik Lamela as well as former Seattle Sounder DeAndre Yedlin.
Toronto FC played the English club is a friendly last season which served as a sort of testimonial match for Jermain Defoe. Toronto would end up losing 3-2 and had goals from Jordan Hamilton and Andrew Wiedeman.
The match will be played in Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods park, the home of the Colorado Rapids. This should add an interesting storyline to the game as the stadium's altitude has long been talked about. In theory, this would give MLS an advantage.