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Keller, Montero, Ljungberg Named To MLS All-Star Team

Bill HareCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2010

SEATTLE - JULY 25:  Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC battles Drew Moor #3 of the Colorado Rapids on July 25, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller, midfielder Freddie Ljungberg and forward Fredy Montero of Sounders FC have been named three of seven inactive MLS All-Stars, MLS announced Tuesday.

All three aforementioned Sounder choices played in last year's annual All-Star game. This season they will be inactive and not play in the Wednesday, July 28 All-Star classic due to Seattle's CONCACAF Champions League play-in with Metapán that same evening on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

All three reflect different aspects of the Seattle playing experience.

Keller at 40 remains one of the stellar performers of the game at goalkeeper. His value extends beyond the statistics column in determining his overall value as captain of the team who supplies a spark with his presence as he continues making great saves.

Swedish star Ljungberg is in his glory in the midfield area leading charges goal ward and shooting passes to strikers.

Colombian Montero continues to impress not only with his scoring punch, enhanced by his superb kicking prowess, but with his constantly developing talent as an alert feeder who has generated assists. Montero has a knack for knowing when to pass when opponents, fearing his scoring practice, have over-committed in an attempt to stop him.

Each year a total of 32 players are named All-Stars in accordance with the MLS collective bargaining agreement.

Previously, 25 players have been announced to this year's roster, and Tuesday the MLS announced the final seven: goalkeepers Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City) and Kasey Keller (Seattle), midfielders Joel Lindpere (New York), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), and forwards Fredy Montero (Seattle) and Conor Casey (Colorado).

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