Fan voting launches this Friday, June 8th, for the2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game!A panel of media members nominated a total of 114 players, 6from each MLS team, to the fan ballot. A total of 32 All-Stars will be chosenin a selection process involving media, fans, players, the All-Star coach andMLS Commissioner Don Garber to play against Chelsea FC.Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen, Dwayne De Rosario, Maicon Santos,Chris Pontius, and Nick De Leon were the 6 players nominated from D.C. United.
Fans may vote at or by sending a players first and last name via text message to 22442. Votingwill end on July 2nd at 5 p.m. ET. Additionally, Twitter voting willoccur June 21-22.
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methodswill become the first 11 All-Stars known as the All-Star First XI. Notably, theplayer who receives the most text votes by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, July 2ndwill automatically earn a spot among the All-Star First XI, so make sure tovote for your favorite D.C. United players as quickly as possible!
All-Star Head Coach Peter Nowak of the Philadelphia Union will select thegameday roster and the starting lineup from the pool of eligible players,consisting of the First XI as determined by the fans, MLS Commissioner DonGarbers two selections and players who received votes from at least twoplayers.Announcement Timeline:The First XI will be announced on Sunday, July 8th,on ESPN during halftime of the Chicago Fire-LA Galaxy game that begins at 3p.m. ET.
The Commissioner selections and gameday roster will be announced on Sunday,July 15th on ESPN during halftime of the New York Red Bulls vs.Seattle Sounders FC game that begins at 4 p.m. ET.
MLS players will then determine the remainder of the 32 All-Stars (known as theinactive roster) shortly after.
The final list of 32 All-Stars (4 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 13 midfielders and7 forwards) will be announced on MLSsoccer.com on July 25th.
The 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea FC willbe broadcast live from PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on ESPN2 andTeleFutura on July 25th starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.