BY SEBASTIAN SALAZAR
When Major League Soccer announced its first thirteen All Star selections Monday night, there were more than a few surprises.
The league’s top two scorers, Kei Kamara and Sebastian Giovinco, were not among those chosen to represent MLS against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur later this month. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard - two guys who have yet to play a minute of competitive action in MLS - each made the list.
The surprises didn’t end there either. No player from first-place D.C. United was chosen.
"Everyone is kind of wondering how we don’t have anybody in that group,” admitted United attacker Chris Rolfe.
Rolfe, who leads United with six goals this season, may have the best case to be included in the upcoming festivities in Denver - but he’s not the only one. Perry Kitchen has been a steady presence in the midfield, while becoming more and more of an offensive threat. Bobby Boswell has been the one steady presence on a backline besieged by injuries. Bill Hamid was only getting better before surgeries to his hand and knee sidelined the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
"We all noticed it but no one said anything,” noted defender Steve Birnbaum. “We’re in first place and we’re going to try and carry the run of games that we had and go into this next stretch. We don’t really care as long as we keep winning."
“We don’t have any superstars, or anybody that maybe the league wants to promote and that kind of bites us,” Rolfe added.
Despite the perceived slight, there could be a benefit to being left out of the All-Star action.
“We don’t have anybody in the Gold Cup either and that’s great for us,” said Rolfe. “Other teams have lost a couple guys throughout the summer and now it’s a month where basically we have our full roster.”
The league is set to announce the full 22-man All-Star roster tomorrow.