Two months before Major League Soccer's best eleven square off against Barclays Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday the eight Chicago Fire players who have been chosen for the fan ballot for the match to be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Goalkeeper Sean Johnson; defenders Joevin Jones and Jeff Larentowicz; midfielders Shaun Maloney, Matt Polster and Harry Shipp; and forwards David Accam and Quincy Amarikwa round off the Men in Red's representatives eligible for selection.
Larentowicz - the lone Fire player to have previously appeared in an All-Star game - represented the Colorado Rapids - this year's host - and featured in the second half against Manchester United at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on July 28, 2010.
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With media members selecting eight players from each team for the fan balloting, eleven players with the highest combined votes will be nominated to the All-Star Fan XI to be unveiled at halftime of the Panama vs. United States CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 13. Fans will also have the option of voting a forward into the game by scoring goals in EA Sports FIFA 15.
Media, fans, players and MLS Commissioner Don Garber will all have a hand in the selection procedure. All-Star head coach Pablo Mastroeni will name the gameday roster and the Starting XI on July 29.
The total of 32 All-Stars - named each year - including active and inactive players, consists of: four goalkeepers, eight defenders, 13 midfielders and seven forwards. Fan voting will go from May 27 through July 3 on MLSsoccer.com, and will be available by using #MLSAllStar on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tweets must include the player's full name or with the player's Twitter/Instagram handle.