The final All-Star selections to complete the 23-man MLS roster at the 2010 AT&T All-Star Game that will face English Premier League historic club Manchester United on July 28 in Houston, TX are set.
The First XI was selected based on online voting comprised of fans, media, players, and MLS coaches/GMs. Each party has a 25 percent stake in the total voting held during the first half of the season. The top vote-getters were announced via MLSsoccer.com on July 13, just two weeks before the event.
The “First XI” tag is not to be confused with the term “Starting XI”; they are only the top 11 chosen by the voters to represent the MLS at the All-Star Game and therefore are guaranteed a spot on the final roster.
The remaining 12 slots are a combination of picks made by the MLS All-Star Head Coach and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was named the MLS All-Star Head Coach, earning the honorable role based on his club holding the highest points-per-game in the Major League Soccer standings by the June 27 deadline. As MLS Coach, Arena gets to add 10 players of his choosing to the MLS roster to complement the First XI.
As part of an agreement with the MLS Players Union, MLS Commissioner Don Garber owns the final two selections. With the two roster spots, Garber is free to add any players not already called to the All-Star roster that he sees deserving of the honor based on his evaluation of their play.
The combination of all selections makes up the final 23-man roster. Arena and his coaching staff, which includes Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear as Arena’s assistant coach, will have the freedom to determine the starting lineup on July 28 based on tactical considerations from the 23-man roster.