The 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star game might be viewed as little more than an exhibition game by some, but try telling Drew Moor that. The Colorado Rapids captain showed just how much it means for a player to represent the All-Star team when he learned of his call-up last night.
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Moor has endured a tough year after suffering a serious knee injury that needed ACL repair last August and ruled him out of the first four games of the 2015 season, but the 12-year MLS veteran defender has been rewarded for his displays since with a first-ever All-Star call-up.
“I’ve always wanted to go to an All-Star Game, and individual awards are great, but it feels really good,” Moor said. “Hopefully my body of work has been enough to prove that I need to be in an All-Star Game, especially here in front of my home fans, which is awesome.
“It’s something that if I go out there and step on the field, I will give it absolutely everything. It has been a roller-coaster season and year for me, and to be picked to the All-Star Game is pretty special.”
It will be even more special for the 31-year-old as he will play in front of his own fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against Tottenham on Wednesday, July 29 if he takes to the field.
Moor will be competing with seven other defenders named to the prestigious roster but has a good chance of seeing some playing time as his current head coach Pablo Mastroeni will lead the All-Star team out against Spurs.
Moor is the first Colorado Rapids player to make the MLS All-Star squad since 2011 and is the only Rapids player on this year’s roster.
Some will question whether he should be included due to the Rapids’ poor league position, but he has played as part of a Colorado defence that has the second-best defensive record in MLS, having conceded just 19 times in 20 games.
If he does take to the field on July 29, he could be tasked with trying to keep Tottenham’s star striker Harry Kane quiet in what is sure to be a great game.
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