Monday, June 10, 2013

Six Union players on MLS All-Stra ballot

Chester, Pa.– Major League Soccer launched fan voting for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at www.MLSsoccer.com and via text messaging on Monday.

The Philadelphia Union’s nominees include: goalkeeper Zac MacMath, defender Jeff Parke, defender Amobi Okugo, defender Sheanon Williams, forward Sebastien Le Toux (League leader in assists with six) and forward Jack McInerney (League leader in goals scored with 10).

A panel of media members nominated a total of 115 players to the fan ballot. Fans may vote online at www.mlssoccer.com/ballot. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur June 20-21.

The 10 players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will be named to the All-Star Fan XI.

The 11th player – a forward – on the Fan XI will be decided after the general voting window closes on July 2, as part of the AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Challenge. Among remaining forwards on the ballot, the player with whom fans score the most goals in EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13 Ultimate Team from July 3-July 10 will be named to the Fan XI.

All-Star Head Coach Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City will choose the game day roster and the starting lineup against AS Roma on July 31. The first marquee MLS event to be held at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMas, and in Canada on TSN and RDS, starting at 9 p.m. ET

A total of 32 All-Stars are named each year, per the collective bargaining agreement. Media, fans, players, the All-Star coach and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contribute in the All-Star selection process.
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