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Beckerman, Morales All-Stars

Real Salt Lake midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales are MLS Commissioner Don Garber's picks for the All-Star Game on July 29 against Everton at RSL's Rio Tinto Stadium.

Next week, Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear will make his five selections.

The big question: Will David Beckham be among them? Clearly, based on his stellar first half of the season with the Galaxy, he belongs. (Snark.) But he is the biggest name in MLS, will boost TV ratings a bit and draw some interest in England since a Premier League club is the opponent. And after all, the All-Star Game is a show, not a serious competition. What do you think? In or out?

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 4:39 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

He's In.

We'd look like petulant fools if he wasn't on the squad. More than that, he should have been a Commissioner's pick, given that Donny Boy was a big supporter of Beck's move to begin with.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | July 15, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I figured he would have been a Commissioner's pick.

Not sure how Kinnear rounds out his competitive lineup with a guy who's been otherwise preoccupied while there are an additional 13 guys (Best XI + Blanco + Commissioner's Picks + Kinnear Picks) who are awaiting to see if they've been designated a deserved ALL-STAR SALARY BONUS.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 15, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

In. As you said, it is a show.

Posted by: jtylerblue | July 15, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

RSL players, as it should be.

Beckerman particularly deserves it after being on the expanded All Star list the past two years.

Very underrated.

Posted by: Jooseppi | July 15, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Beckerman is the youngest MLS player to reach 200 appearances in the league, and did it a few weeks earlier (my math might be a little off) than U-17 teammate Landon Donovan.

Posted by: Jooseppi | July 15, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

In. All-Star team. Is there a bigger star?

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

In, but I really think this is a textbook example of how Garber should use his commissioner picks. Take one from RSL, take Beckham, and email Kinnear suggesting he take another RSL player. Kinnear's picks, as a coach, should relate to what's happened on the field. Garber's picks don't have to do that.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 15, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

VBB: the top 32 vote getters receive the all-star bonus, since the CBA was designed for an all-MLS all star game, and the concession to the union for reducing the number of spots in the game was to pay the same as before.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | July 15, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Beckham should be chosen for his marketing impact. It's really a no-brainer to me...

Posted by: mmathai1 | July 15, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What Chest said....

Posted by: JkR- | July 15, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What JkR said.

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 15, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

All-star? Yeah, Beckham fits the definition. He's a lock.
I wonder if he gets a bonus too?

Posted by: googlio | July 15, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Well the keeper who got a red card for handling the ball outside of his box was clearly the "best choice" so why not throw in a guy who hasn't even played in the league this year?

Respectable call on Beckerman and Morales. I'd trade Simms for Kyle in an instant. That hair would have to go though.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 15, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

A perfect solution to any slow news day:

DAVID BECKHAM VICTIM OF SNARK ATTACK!!!

;)

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 15, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

In. All-Star team. Is there a bigger star?

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This. It's an all star team, not best XI.

Posted by: GoUnited | July 15, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

No way. Should honor guys who actually contributed to the league. Choosing Beckham makes the league look like even more of a joke than the loan did.

Posted by: hacksaw | July 15, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

No surpise the Commish would pick them home-team favorites and rightfully so in Morales case. But as Goff puts it, if they really wanna put on a show then forget Becks, make sure Kinnier picks Montero! Besides this will be his only chance probably cuz everybody and there mama knows he's Euro bound after this season, kid's too damn good for the league.

Posted by: DjB55 | July 15, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

No surpise the Commish would pick them home-team favorites and rightfully so in Morales case. But as Goff puts it, if they really wanna put on a show then forget Becks, make sure Kinnear picks Montero! Besides this will be his only chance probably cuz everybody and there mama knows he's Euro bound after this season, kid's too damn good for the league.

Posted by: DjB55 | July 15, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Beckham is the best international ever to play in this league. Why do people want to dis him any more than Donovan has already done? Why do they want him to fail? Because they want MLS to be third-rate forever? And thus preserve their ability to endlessly play the whining victim, and the preserve soccer as a niche cult in American sports?

Posted by: OWNTF | July 15, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd get it if he was in, but I don't think I want him to be. Agree with bringing Montero, for sure.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 15, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Beckham is the best international ever to play in this league? Hahahahahaha

He may have the biggest international reputation, but as far as playing in the league, there have been better players. I would put GBS as the best player in league history. On the field, what he's done in MLS is lightyears ahead of what Beckham has done.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | July 15, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm a gaLAxy fan and I detest this english wanker. His comments today in ESPN remind me of how senile the Bush Presidency was. He is so lost and I hope he gets booed the crap out of and heads out the back door!

Posted by: silentbat | July 15, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

On the MLS field, no doubt GBS and Blanco have been better so far, and many others too.

But I'm talking about careers in the wider world -- 100+ caps for England, many as captain, Man U how many titles?, Madrid more hardware, Milan. Who else in MLS comes close to the resume?

And why would people who like MLS and want it to grow want him to fail here?

Posted by: OWNTF | July 15, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Becks should be included at the event, but not as a player.

If Team Beckham, ESPN and MLS had balls, they'd include Becks as a guest analyst at the on-site studio desk with Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas.

This way you include Beckham as a celebrity event at the game - giving ESPN and MLS another marketing push for the broadcast - the reunion of Beckham and the GM his people forced out.

In entertainment, there is no better way for a sissy good guy to become popular again, then turning into the bad guy. Embrace it Becks.

Posted by: mediaman1976 | July 15, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I'll be honest.

I saw "Beckerman" and immediately misread it as "Beckham". And yes, both will be there.

Posted by: Josh8 | July 15, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I heard Beckham was 100% in for the ASG, and Garber already decided to award him the MVP of the league. Oh, and LA are the champs of Major League Soccer.

Posted by: Hoost | July 15, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Montero an "Allstar" Forward? If he was, how'd his ballot stuffing fans fail to take him there?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 15, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Since all stars games are exhibitions, why not? Would bring more viewers to the entertainment event. Not a Beckham fan, don't like his selfish ways. Question: On a grander scale, loyalty is fairly important in American sports (I think), maybe not so in Euro Football?

Posted by: jbfromfc | July 16, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

no beckham. show some dignity. he has checked out. He sold himself as more than just a player and he failed to deliver. Experiment over. Lets plan for the future. if this is about the long-term success of MLS then make it about players willing to put in at least one whole season.

Posted by: hiro_pro1 | July 16, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

And why would people who like MLS and want it to grow want him to fail here?
Posted by: OWNTF

We didn't want him to fail. He choose to half ass it. Any one whose seen him on an MLS field could vouch for a lack of effort. He is failing because he never committed, not because of his ability or experience. The more we let him trot around like he is counselor at a soccer camp playing against campers the more the league looks third tier.

Posted by: UniteforDC | July 16, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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