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SBI Question of the Day: Who is the biggest All-Star snub?

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With limited space on each year's MLS All-Star roster, it's inevitable that a few deserving players end up left out.

With the league unveiling its finalized 24-man roster on Tuesday, it's difficult to argue that most, if not all, of the players who made the cut are deserving entries into the mid-summer event.

Revs acquire former MLS All-Star through allocation

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Monday afternoon the New England Revolution announced that they acquired two-time MLS All-Star Juan Toja through the MLS Allocation process, after Toja officially signed with the league last week.

Toja will join the club upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and U.S. P-1 Visa, and will occupy an international player slot on the roster.

Revs acquire former All-Star via allocation

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Monday afternoon the New England Revolution announced that they acquired two-time MLS All-Star Juan Toja through the MLS Allocation process, after Toja officially signed with the league last week.

Toja will join the club upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and U.S. P-1 Visa, and will occupy an international player slot on the roster.

Juan Carlos Toja signs with MLS, likely to land with Revs

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Accordingly to former Chicago Fire midfielder and MLS-All Star Juan Carlos Toja has re-signed with Major League Soccer and will be assigned via allocation order.

The New England Revolution are first in line for Toja. This late in the season it seems more than likely that the Revs will select the 6'1" Colombian Midfielder.

MLS Spotlight: SKC anchor Besler relishes whirlwind summer

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Matt Besler, if nothing else, sure has stayed busy this summer.

The Sporting Kansas City centerback has been there for his team's surge back to first place. He also was a stalwart for the club's run to the U.S. Open Cup title, playing all 120 minutes and converting a penalty kick in the final earlier this month.

USA star decides against MLS return

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With rumors swirling about a possible return to Major League Soccer, a source close to Carlos Bocanegra told on Thursday that the American defender will remain in Europe, for at least the 2012 season.

Just a few weeks ago, while Bocanegra was visiting the States to take part in MLB All-Star festivities, Boca spoke candidly about a possible return, stating he was '100% considering a return to MLS.

DeMerit and Johnson in form

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 1, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Naturally, last week's MLS All-Star Game was all about the big names, as Chelsea's European champions challenged David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and the rest of the North America-based blue-chippers to show their best in front of an international audience.

Pros: DeMerit the talk of All-Star Game

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Jay DeMerit (Green Bay/Bay Port) was the center of attention during and after Wednesday night's Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

The Vancouver Whitecaps center back received rave reviews for his performance as the MLS All-Stars edged reigning UEFA Champions League champions Chelsea 3-2 on a deflected goal by Seattle's Eddie Johnson in stoppage time at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

MLS All-Stars Defeat European Champions, Chelsea FC, 3-2

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Eddie Johnson's stoppage time goal capped off a solid performance from the MLS All-Stars against Chelsea FC at PPL Park. After taking the lead early in the game, the All-Stars had to fight back when Chelsea responded with two goals of their own. All-Star Coach Ben Olson chose a starting line-up of Nielsen, Beitashour, Collin, [.

Beckham And Henry Inspire MLS All-Stars To Victory Over Chelsea (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

A star-studded MLS XI, which featured David Beckham and Thierry Henry, ran out 3-2 winners against Chelsea in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night. John Terry and Frankie Lamps were on the scoresheet for the Blues but goals from Chris Wondolowski, Chris Pontius and former Fulham man Eddie Johnson secured the victory for the All-star side.

5 thoughts on the All-Star Game

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The game belonged to DeRo, Wondo, Pontius, DeMerit and Beckham. The day belonged to PPL Park, Philadelphia, and Chester. PSP shares five thoughts on Wednesday's All-Star Game.

Why I Am Still Avoiding the MLS All Star Game

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About a year ago on this site, I wrote an article about why I would not be watching the MLS All Stars face off against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. Â In essence, I felt that another meaningless friendly, but ...

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2012 MLS All-Star: Who’s The Hottest Of Them All?

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Image: Beckham aside, who's the best-looking MLS All-Star player, Kickettes? Is it classic Californian Dan Kennedy, wavy-haired Graham Zusi, steel-jawed Jay DeMerit, ab-tastic Heath Pearce, 2010 Cosmo bachelor Chris Pontius, bizarre fashion advisor Aurélien Collin or the perpetually-stylish Thierry Henry?

Three for Three: MLSR Predictions

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The writers of MLSR take their picks in what we think will be the three most important matches of the upcoming week. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

PhiladelphiaUnion (5-9-2) vs. Sporting Kansas City (10-5-3) Lamar Hunt U.

MLS Week 18: All-Star Announcement

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We'll start with the big reveal during halftime of Sunday's Chicago - LA game. Your 2012 MLS All-Star First XI (as voted by the fans) are: Jimmy Nielsen, Steven Beitashour, Aurelien Collin, Jay DeMerit, Heath Pearce, Danid Beckham, Dwayne De Rosario, Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi, Thierry Henry, and Chris Wondolowski.

Nielsen, Collin, and Zusi All Stars

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During half time of today's Chicago Fire and Los Angeles Galaxy MLS announced the First XI for this year's all star game. Three Sporting KC players were named to the roster that will take on Chelsea. Jimmy Nielsen, Aurelien Collin, and Graham Zusi were all voted in by the fans for this year's game against the European Champions.

Olsen to lead All-Stars

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With the recent coaching change in Philadelphia requiringing a new All-Star team coach, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that DC United's Ben Olsen would be filling that role. "This is a huge honor," Olsen said in a press statement. "This League has been a major part of my life, both as a player and now as a coach, and it's given me a lot.

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Tierney Named to All-Star Roster

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The Revolution willhave at least one representative at theMLS All-Star Game after left back Chris Tierney was named to the league's 22-manroster for the midsummer classic later this month.

Tierney, who's played in 19 of the Revolution's first 21 games, hasone goaland twoassists to his credit this season.

Transfer Window Closing

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MLS' secondary transfer window is set to close on Friday, the 27th. KC has announced one signing during the window, Neven Markovic, and another looks set to happen, Oriol Rosell. Two central defenders that have helped to address some of the concerns that I'd personally had regarding our depth in defense.

D.C. United

Celebration of Women's Soccer Rosters Announced

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Washington, D.C. (August 23, 2012) – Mark Washo, Managing Partner for Playbook Management International (PMI) Sports and Entertainment Company and former President and General Manager of the Washington Freedom, has announced the final rosters for the women's charity soccer game that will be played at the Maryland Soccer Plex stadium field on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

Sporting KC earn road win in Columbus

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Sporting Kansas City capped a productive and business-like road trip on Saturday night by posting another shutout and another victory.

Just four days after beating the Philadelphia Union to book their place in the U.S. Open Cup Final, Sporting KC went to Columbus and shut down the Crew.

The South Stand Report

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v. Portland... or Who jumps bitches? We jump bitches?

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The "who jumps bitches" is in reference to what we thought the capos were singing.
Not you Timber Army.
Tonight at BMO, the all-star teams of Toronto A, B and C against a relatively full-Portland side that's struggling.

21' - GOAL - After a block off of the line from Avila, Sal Zizzo puts home the rebound.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v Houston... or Houston... we have a cliché!

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So where we last left our heros local football team, Toronto FC are on a 3-match win streak, putting down the likes of Vancouver, New England and Colorado. With a somewhat shocking draw versus Liverpool C from Toronto B, there was a sense of hope with the academy kids and trialists. After a break from the all-star break where Toronto graciously let everyone else in the league have a rest, we're back in full swing.

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Goals galore in Masonic All-Star Games

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The crowd at UW-Whitewater's Fiskum Field was treated to plenty of scoring in Saturday's 21st annual Masonic Soccer All-Star Games.

UW-Milwaukee recruit Maria Stephans (Hartford) had a goal and assist as the Blue team scored three times in the first half en route to a 4-1 victory over the Gold side in the girls match for recent high school graduates.

Colleges: Vorberg joins Marquette staff

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Longtime Milwaukee Wave goalkeeper Nick Vorberg is getting further involved in Milwaukee-area soccer.

Marquette men's coach Louis Bennett named Vorberg a volunteer assistant on Thursday, with his primary duties to train and mentor the Golden Eagles' goalkeepers and instruct at the program's camps.

Philadelphia Union

Player of the Week: Carlos Valdes

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Carlos Valdes is your unanimous and deserving player of the week. The Union captain earned an All-Star nod and notched a winner with his first goal of the season.

Analysis & player ratings: Union 2-1 Impact

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The Union lost their shape and again struggled through the midfield, but were saved by Captain Courageous, and 2012 MLS All Star, Carlos Valdes.

Player of the week: Jack McInerney

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Oops, he did it again.

Except this time, it came with goals.

After scoring his first goal since August, Jack McInerney liked it so much he did it again 41 minutes later.

The goals set in motion Philadelphia Union's most impressive home win in the team's three-year history, a stunning 4-0 demolition of Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.


The Kickaround: Top girls not All-Stars?

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At least 20 high school seniors who have committed to NCAA Division I women's programs for the fall played prep girls soccer in Wisconsin this spring.

So why aren't more of them playing in the Wisconsin Masonic All-Star Game on July 28 in Whitewater?

Based on available information, it appears that only one Division I recruit – Appleton North forward Christina Mauthe, who is headed to UW-Green Bay – is on the rosters for the match.

2012 Masonic All-Star Game girls

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UW-Green Bay recruit Christina Mauthe from Appleton North and at least six players headed to NCAA Division II women's programs in the fall highlight the girls rosters for the 21st annual Wisconsin Masonic All-Star Game.

The match, a showcase for high school seniors, is scheduled for 11 a.

2012 Masonic All-Star Game boys

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At least 10 players headed to NCAA Division I men's programs in the fall are on the boys rosters for the 21st annual Wisconsin Masonic All-Star Game on July 28 at UW-Whitewater's Fiskum Field.

The boys game for senior all-stars is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m., preceded by the girls match at 11 a.

The Rest

Video: Danny Welbeck’s woeful skills (Singha All Star XI vs Manchester United)

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck thought the pressure-free environment of a pre-season friendly against inferior opposition on the other side of the world was the perfect opportunity to show off some silky skills. Indeed, it probably was... just not the way he tried to do it. Not one for the YouTube montage, Danny.

End of an Era

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Shalrie Joseph led the Revs to three MLS Cup finals and won the 2008 SuperLiga and 2007 U.S. Open Cup with the club. (Photo: Art Donahue/

When the New England Revolution traded away captain Shalrie Joseph, the club lost far more than just the greatest holding midfielder MLS has ever seen.

Upside: They came to play

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Their Words "That Chelsea team didn't come here and just mess around. They came to play and they played most of their guys sixty minutes and they played hard. While we're not jumping through hoops because we beat a team in preseason, I think there was a lot of really good individual performances." MLS All-Star Landon Donovan.

LeToux scores in his Red Bulls debut, but RBNY settles for draw vs. Sounders

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Sebastien LeToux wasted no time getting acclimated to his new team, but the New York Red Bulls continued their recent struggle in recording victories.

The Red Bulls dropped points for the sixth time in seven matches on Sunday afternoon, rallying back from an early deficit on their way to a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders at Red Bull Arena.

56ers head into home stretch in fine form

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Two weeks ago at the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Region II Amateur Cup, the Madison 56ers played five matches in three days – and played well, despite losing the regional final in frustrating fashion.

Over a 15-day stretch that starts Sunday, the 56ers will play six more games, including their final five matches of the National Premier Soccer League Midwest Region Central Conference schedule.