Today MLS revealed the 2013 All Star roster which will take on AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City. While perhaps unpopular amongst many Timbers' fans, the match still represents an opportunity for MLS players to show off their talent on a larger stage than their regular season games. So it perhaps comes as a bit of surprise that the only Portland Timbers man to make the cut is captain Will Johnson.
Here's the full gameday roster:
2013 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeeper: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi(Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
It's worth pointing out that both DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Cahill were picks by league commissioner Don Garber.
Some of these names shouldn't come as a surprise. For example, Nick Rimando has been exemplary this season. Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Corey Ashe have all been solid as well.
That said, it feels like other names in this group were chosen more for their appeal among their local fan groups than actually being able to contribute on the field. Chris Wondolowski, for example, while he's on fire for the Gold Cup squad, certainly isn't having a great 2013 season so far.
It's not that I think the Timbers' necessarily should be dominating the squad, but relegating them to a single spot seems a bit unfair to the accomplishments of the team at large. Donovan Ricketts, I would argue, should certainly have been in contention for the goalkeeper spot. Rodney Wallace is also a noticeable absence given his strength on the left wing. Though with RodWal missing so many games, perhaps it's best that he sticks around with the squad for this one.
What do you think? Are the Timbers' fairly represented? Which players on the roster make sense and which do not?