Four Galaxy players named to MLS All-Star First XI
The LA Galaxy, owners of the best record in MLS, had four players
named to the MLS All-Star First XI today. Forwards Edson Buddle and Landon
Donovan, defender Omar Gonzalez and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts were all voted
to the First XI by the fans, players, media and coaches/general managers to
represent Major League Soccer in the annual All-Star Game. This is Donovan’s 10th
consecutive All-Star Game selection, while Buddle and Ricketts are each making
their second All-Star appearance. Gonzalez, the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year, is
a first-time selection.
First XI, consisting of one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and
two forwards, received the most votes at their respective positions from four
groups – fans, players, media, and coaches/general managers. The Galaxy’s four players on the First XI are the most
since FC Dallas had four players named to the 2005 All-Star First XI.
All-Stars, who will be coached by Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, will face
11-time English Premier League champion Manchester United on Wednesday, July 28
at Reliant Stadium in Houston,
Texas. The game will kick off at
5:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on ESPN2 and TeleFutura.
XI is not necessarily the starting lineup. Arena will select the starters based
on player availability and tactical considerations. If First XI selections are
unavailable due to injury, international duty or other commitments, Arena, in
collaboration with host city head coach Dominic Kinnear of the Houston Dynamo,
will select alternates for the game day roster, but all First XI players are
the reigning MLS MVP and league leader in assists with 10, will make his record
10th All-Star appearance in Houston.
The second leading scorer in Galaxy and the sixth leading scorer in league
history, Donovan has one goal to go along with 10 assists in 10 games this
season despite missing six weeks of action while with the U.S. National Team at
the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In South Africa,
he scored three goals to become the all-time U.S. leader in World Cup goals and
appearances. The MVP of the 2001 All-Star Game, Donovan has been named to the
All-Star Team in each of his 10 seasons in MLS. His six All-Star nominations,
since joining the club in 2005, are the third most in Galaxy history, with only
Cobi Jones (nine) and Mauricio Cienfuegos
(seven) representing the Galaxy more often.
Donovan in the First XI for the first time is Buddle. The 29-year-old made his
All-Star Game debut in 2008, playing the final minutes of the All-Stars’ 3-2
win over West Ham. This season he leads the league with 10 goals despite
missing six weeks of action while in South Africa with the U.S. National
Team at the FIFA World Cup. Buddle, who is the eighth leading scorer in MLS
history with 83 career goals, has a league-best four multi-goal games this
season. In addition, he has scored nine of LA’s first 10 goals on the year
before adding his 10th of the season in his first game back with the
club following the World Cup.
earning his second All-Star nomination is Ricketts, who was named to the 2009
All-Star Team, though he did not play in the game. Now in his second season in
MLS, Ricketts leads the League with 11 wins, nine shutouts and a 0.47 goals
against average in 15 games this season. He has allowed more than one goal in a
game just once and has two of the five longest shutout streaks in MLS this
season. The Galaxy’s Defender of the Year in 2009, Ricketts has 21 wins over
the last two seasons while his 0.82 career goals against average is the lowest
in MLS history for a goalkeeper that has played more than 90 minutes.
of the best young central defenders in the league, Gonzalez rounds out the
Galaxy’s First XI quartet by making his first All-Star appearance in just his
second year in the league. The 21-year-old has appeared in and started 49 of
the Galaxy’s 50 regular season and postseason games since the start of last
year, only missing this past weekend’s loss to New England because of a
suspension. The 6-foot-5, 210 pound defender has formed one of the best central
defense pairings in MLS alongside Gregg Berhalter, with the club allowing just
four goals in their time on the field together. In the 15 games that Gonzalez
played this season, the Galaxy have allowed just five goals, or 0.33 per game,
which would be the best goals against average in MLS history. The 21-year-old
has also added a goal this season, scoring the second goal in LA’s 4-0 win at Seattle on May 8.
to the Galaxy’s CONCACF Champions League Qualifying Round game against the
Puerto Rico Islanders on Tuesday, July 27 – the day before the All-Star Game –
Arena and all Galaxy players named to the 23-man All-Star Game squad will
arrive in Houston
on the day of the game and are scheduled to play limited minutes.
For more information
about the LA Galaxy, please contact the club by calling 1-877-3GALAXY
(342-5299) or by visiting www.lagalaxy.com.