Coach Steve Nicol and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have finalized the MLS All-Star roster with the selection of the seven reserves. There are not a whole lot of surprises in the reserves or even the roster as a whole, though Real Salt Lake fans may be disappointed to learn that they are not sending a single representative to the All-Star Game.
Here are the reserves.
Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado
Mastroeni has long been a mainstay in the Colorado and US National Team midfield. He'll offer a very solid defensive option off the bench.
Christian Gomez, Colorado
The Argentinean midfielder has shown some attacking prowess in Colorado's midfield.
Jim Brennan, Toronto
A former Premier League footballer, Brennan will bolster the team's defense much like Mastroeni.
Juan Pablo Angel, New York
His goal-scoring record in New York has been very impressive. He's battled through injuries this season, but is a proven goal-scorer in the EPL and will be good to have off the bench if the MLS squad needs some offense.
Pat Onstad, Houston
The senior member of the All-Star squad at 40-years-old, Onstad's goals against average is 1.07, the best all-time in MLS. Houston has not performed as expected this year, but it has been no fault of Onstad's.
Dwayne De Rosario, Houston
Can there be an MLS All-Star game without this guy as long as he is still in the league? He's a goal-scoring midfielder noted for his creativity. He is also a set piece specialist who can offer an alternative to Beckham.
Edson Buddle, Los Angeles
With Landon Donovan, Buddle is tied for the league lead in goals with 11. A lot of his goals this season have been the result of some strong, physical play, often featuring Buddle fighting through defenders to score. The toughness he can bring off the bench could be a big benefit against an English side.
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