Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney Headline 26-Man 2019 MLS All-Star Game Roster

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJune 24, 2019

CARSON, CA - JUNE 2: Zlatan Ibrahimovic #9 of Los Angeles Galaxy during the Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against New England Revolution at the Dignity Health Sports Park on June 2, 2019 in Carson, California.  New England Revolution won the match 2-1 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
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LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and DC United striker Wayne Rooney will headline a 26-player MLS all-star roster for their game against Atletico Madrid at Orlando City's Exploria Stadium on July 31:

The two former Manchester United strikers are part of a squad that also includes Orlando City's Nani and Chicago Fire's Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Ibrahimovic's Galaxy team-mate Jonathan dos Santos also made the cut as did veteran United States stars Graham Zusi and Brad Guzan.

Supporters were able to vote for their favourites to make the list, and the first 11 names selected by fans were announced on Friday:

All-Stars coach James O'Connor then selected a further 13 players, while MLS commissioner Don Garber picked the last two stars.

Garber went for 19-year-old FC Dallas starlet Paxton Pomykal and veteran Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season:

Atlanta United have the most players in the roster with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Ezequiel Barco and Gonzalo Martinez joining Guzan, while Los Angeles FC are next with three.

A number of players took to social media to offer thanks for being selected:

The team will take on 10-time La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and will hope to improve on recent results against top European sides.

The All-Stars lost to Juventus on penalties in 2018 after a 1-1 draw and were also beaten by Real Madrid on spot-kicks after another stalemate in 2017.

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Atletico Madrid have a squad packed full of star names such as Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente but will be without Antoine Griezmann after he announced he would leave the club in the summer transfer window.

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