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MLS Announces All-Star First XI

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Today Major League Soccer announced the First XI for the 2010 All-Star Game in Houston. There weren't many surprises with the list, and most of the selections are veteran talent and familiar faces, but the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake are well represented.

Nevertheless, here is the the MLS All-Star First XI.

F: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
F: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
M: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
M: Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew)
M: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
M: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
M: Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
D: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
D: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
D: Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
GK: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)

Head Coach: Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy)
Assistant Coach: Dominic Kinnear (Houston Dynamo)

These players are the first announced selections of a 23-man squad set to take on world-wide powerhouse, Manchester United on July 28 in Houston.

The First XI was selected in a combined vote by fans, league coaches and GMs, players and media. The First XI is not necessarily the starting 11 for the All-Star Game, as MLS All-Star head coach Bruce Arena will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations.

The remaining 12 members of the MLS All-Star squad will be announced in the next week.

This is the 15th edition of the MLS All-Star Game and the third year in a row that the All-Stars will play a team from the Barclays Premier League in England. The All-Stars boast a 5-0-1 record against international teams.

Manchester United are taking part in the match as part of their North American tour, which includes matches in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Their traveling roster includes veteran stars like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, and Edwin van der Sar, and new talent like Mexican-international Javier ‘Chicharito' Hernandez.

The 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game takes place at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2.

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