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RSL won’t be represented in the MLS All-Star Game

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The final MLS All-Star Game roster is out. It’s good there are no RSL players involved.

MLS: All-Star Team Training and Media Availability
Here’s one player you won’t be seeing on Aug. 2.
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For the first time since 2008, no Real Salt Lake player has been selected for the MLS All-Star Game.

That’s good for us.

I know, I know — the representation is nice and probably important in soem ways. And we’ve had a player involved every year since 2009, with Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando being near-constants.

But right now, can we really afford to let loose a few players for a meaningless game against an opponent that likely stole Real Salt Lake’s historic name? I think not.

The MLS All-Star Game takes place on Aug. 2 in Chicago against Real Madrid.

MLS All-Star roster via MLS Soccer

Goalkeeper (1): Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)

Defenders (5): Hernán Grana (FC Dallas), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Johan Kappelhof (Chicago Fire), Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta United), Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy)

Midfielders (4): Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

Forwards (1): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)

RSL historical All-Star selection

2016: Kyle Beckerman

2015: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran

2014: Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman

2013: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman

2012: Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando*, Jamison Olave*, Fabian Espindola*

2011: Jamison Olave, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando*

2010: Nick Rimando, Jamison Olave, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales

2009: Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Javier Morales

2007: Eddie Pope, Kyle Beckerman*

2005: Eddie Pope

*: Inactive Roster selection