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No Beckham in All-Star Game

MLS was undoubtedly tempted to find a place for David Beckham on the all-star team to create some additional buzz. But when the six additional players were unveiled Monday, Beckham was not one of them.

The choices were Houston's Pat Onstad, Brad Davis and Brian Ching, Seattle's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Fredy Montero and Kansas City's Davy Arnaud.

The selections were made by Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear, who will oversee the MLS team against English club Everton on July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City. Kinnear was originally assigned to choose five players, but with Columbus's Guillermo Barros Schelotto sidelined by a hamstring injury, an extra slot was created.

No players from D.C., New York or Toronto were considered because those clubs have Champions League matches around the time of the All-Star Game. Although 18 players will be in uniform, a full list of 32 "all-stars" will be unveiled next week; the additional picks are required by the collective bargaining agreement when an East vs. West format is not utilized.

In this morning's Insider poll, 72 percent of you said Beckham should not be named to the all-star team.

For the 18-man list, continue to the next page of this thread.....

Goalkeepers: Kasey Keller (Seattle), Pat Onstad (Houston).
Defenders: Geoff Cameron (Houston), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Wilman Conde (Chicago), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Seattle).
Midfielders: Stuart Holden (Houston), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago), Brad Davis (Houston), Davy Arnaud (Kansas City), Kyle Beckerman (RSL), Javier Morales (RSL).
Forwards: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Conor Casey (Colorado), Fredy Montero (Seattle), Brian Ching (Houston).

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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David Beckham, sir, you are no Jhon Kennedy.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 20, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Per usual, well played OWNTF.

I'm fine with this.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 20, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Bwaaahahahahahaha! OWNTF FTW!

Posted by: JkR- | July 20, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say, that's a pretty silly move. He's in the league for a variety of reasons, only one of which has anything to do with his prodigious soccer talent. What purpose does this serve beyond pissing off David and lowering the profile of the game?

If you didn't want to market him, you shouldn't have paid him all that money.

Posted by: vivzig | July 20, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF -- I bow to you, sir....

Posted by: fischy | July 20, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

ditto

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone ask Becks if he wanted to play? Maybe that's why he's not on the list?

Besides, what are the odds he's back next year? This is a chance for MLS to show off the players it's committed to...(notwithstanding that Donovan probably won't be back either - it's different).

Posted by: fischy | July 20, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Where's Big D going? Back to Germany?

Posted by: vivzig | July 20, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Not to keep piling praise on OWNTF, but that could win "Post of the Year" if the ESPYs had such a category.

Posted by: greifie | July 20, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Just asked my Dad about the Beckham fiasco (he gets and like soccer enough to have some favorite players, but not much more, so it's nice to ask his opinion sometimes), and he said, "I always figured he'd give me a reason to not like him."

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 20, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"fiasco" referring to the scene last night with the Riot Squad.

(Which, by the way, may be one of the 5 best supporter's clubs names I've heard.)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 20, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF - Greatest post in Insider history.

Posted by: iammrben1 | July 20, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Good. He doesn't deserve to be there. He probably wouldn't like the hotel accomodations in Salt Lake anyway.

Posted by: hacksaw | July 20, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

MLSnet is offering David Beckham gear at 25% off. Think they know something we don't?

Enjoy the last 6 months of the beckham experiment.

Posted by: LookingDangerous | July 20, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF, wicked good reference! A little history, a little irony. Even the misspelled "Jhon" as a humor point. I'd rep you if I could.

Posted by: bdwooton | July 20, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

No Quaranta = snub of the century.

Posted by: kdiff813 | July 20, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Never mind, we have a Champions League game or whatever the next day. I revoke my previous comment.

Posted by: kdiff813 | July 20, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

18 All Stars on the game day roster.
32 All Stars on the collective bargaining roster.

I assume that the extra 14 players get all star bonuses, but who picks them?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

18 All Stars on the game day roster.
32 All Stars on the collective bargaining roster.

David Beckham not on the All-Star roster? Priceless.

Posted by: fischy | July 20, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The other 14 do get bonuses, and I'd imagine that they're voted on by players or coaches.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 20, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

That's quite a squad. Go MLS!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 20, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Garrincha scored 246 goals for Botafogo, Corinthians and Brazil between 1953 and 1966. Fruit Loops now has a grand total of 101 goals, from 1993 to 2009. Did I mention Pele with 1281 goals? Oh, but Becky passes the ball so well.... Who cares. He chokes when the money is on the line. Against Portugal in 2004. Brazil was down a man for most of the second half in 2002, and "mighty" England didn't get a shot on goal.

"In England, booing one of your own players would be seen as a disgrace." That explains why the English have only won one world cup, and that was based on a bad call from the referee who determined that a ball doesn't actually have to cross the line to be counted a goal, it just has to be in the general area of the goal and the bank deposit slip.

Brazil-5 stars
Italy- 4 stars
Germany 3 stars
Argentina 2 stars
Uruguay 2 stars
France 1 star
England--fruit loops

Posted by: EliPeyton | July 21, 2009 2:06 AM | Report abuse

"In England, booing one of your own players would be seen as a disgrace."

I think that the point is exactly this one: "one of your players". Does he even know who he is playing for anymore?

Posted by: malatestiano | July 21, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"In England, booing one of your own players would be seen as a disgrace."

English fans must not have gotten the memo when they hung/burned him in effigy after that red card (if i remember correctly).

Posted by: Brian76 | July 21, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Wow, five Houston players on that All-Star roster and only one from the reigning champs in Columbus. Did Kinnear forget he didn't win the MLS Cup last year? Someone might want to remind him there are 14 other teams in MLS. Why isn't Sigi Schmid coaching this team?

Posted by: Brokenbil | July 22, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

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