Joseph earns 2011 All-Star nod
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph is among the 22 players named to the game day roster - selected by MLS All-Star head coach Hans Backe - that will compete against Manchester United in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 27 at Red Bull Arena (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, Galavision, and TSN).
Backe announced his selections this afternoon. Those picks will join the previously-announced 11 “First XI” selections and two of MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s picks to create the 22-man game roster for the match against the defending English Premier League champion.
The Revs’ captain leads the club in goals (five) and shots on goal (16) in 17 appearances this year – all starts. A nine-year veteran, all with the Revs, in the July 4 match at Real Salt Lake, Joseph became just the second Revolution player to reach the 20,000-minutes played mark with the club – entering this week with 20,036 career minutes played.
This is Joseph’s eighth all-star selection, having earned all-star honors in each of the last eight years.
The full roster for the 2011 MLS All-Star game follows:
2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Roster:
Goalkeeper: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Faryd Mondragón (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes), Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA)
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Inactive All-Stars (Note that another six inactive All-Stars will be chosen via player voting):
Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Joseph will meet the All-Star team in New York on Sunday July 24, and will return to the Revolution on Thursday, July 28, following Wednesday’s match.