The 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star squad has been finalised as head coach Pablo Mastroeni confirmed his ten selections to finalise the gameday roster ahead of the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, July 29.
The likes of Sebastian Giovinco, Kei Kamara, Robbie Keane and Fabian Castillo have been selected by Mastroeni to join those voted in the Fan XI as well as Commissioner Don Garber’s two picks, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Obafemi Martins was the AT&T/EA SPORTS ‘More Than a Vote’ Tournament winner but will not be able to feature in the All-Star game due to an ongoing injury problem.
Full 2015 MLS All-Star squad:
GK – David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps) & Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEF – DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids) & Chris Tierney (New England Revolution)
MID – Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Kaka (Orlando City), Frank Lampard (New York City FC) & Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
FOR – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) & David Villa (New York City FC)
The 22-man squad will see 11 players make their All-Star debuts alongside 11 All-Star veterans with 14 MLS teams represented in the team.
There are 12 Designated Players in the squad, though notable absentees include San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski despite the fact he’s netted nine goals in 16 games this season, as well as the likes of Jozy Altidore, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Jermaine Jones.
Tottenham will be in for a real test as world stars such as Steven Gerrard, Kaka, David Villa and Frank Lampard will look to prove their credentials as match-winners against the Premier League side.
While some of the more unfamiliar names to English football fans could wreak havoc in what is such a big match for the players.
Fabian Castillo will likely lineup against DeAndre Yedlin down the left wing in what will be a fascinating matchup between two of the fastest players in the game, while reigning MLS MVP and former Tottenham hero Robbie Keane will no doubt be looking to score against the club he played more than 200 games for.
Spurs have only played behind-closed-doors friendlies so far so the All-Star game will be their biggest test so far, before they take on Real Madrid in the Audi Cup on August 4.
Will the MLS All-Stars prove too good for Tottenham?