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