As host of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game and currently sporting the second-best record in Major League Soccer, the Chicago Fire will be expected to land at least a couple players in the game.
The league announced the list of players eligible for voting for the All-Star Game, which will take place at Soldier Field on Aug. 2, on Tuesday. Each team has eight players on the ballot with at least one goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward included in those eight players. Media members were selected to vote to determine which players from each team would be included on the ballot.
Forward Nemanja Nikolic leads MLS in goals and was the lone forward from the Fire included. Midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty and David Accam could also do well in voting.
Brandon Vincent was the Fire's lone All-Star last year. Johan Kappelhof joins him as defenders from the Fire on the ballot.
Midfielder Juninho and goalkeeper Jorge Bava were also included.
Voting opens June 3 on MLSsoccer.com. The full list of 176 players is listed here.
The MLS All-Star roster will include 24 players, 10 of which will come from fan balloting. Another forward will be selected via a contest through scoring goals with a selection of players on FIFA 17. Fire coach Veljko Paunovic, who will coach the MLS All-Stars, will select 11 more players and commissioner Don Garber will add two players to the roster.