Major League Soccer announced the players that are on the fan ballot for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. There were eight players selected by media on the ballot for each team. Sporting Kansas City's nominees:
GK Eric Kronberg - Best goals against average (1.00) among goalkeepers with a minimum of five games played and leads all MLS goalkeepers with five shutouts
DEF Matt Besler - Two-time All-Star (2011, 2013) became team captain and earned a spot on the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the 2014 World Cup
DEF Aurelien Collin - Two-time MLS All-Star (2012, 2013) leads MLS defenders with two goals and anchors the second best defensive team in MLS
DEF Seth Sinovic - Leawood, Kansas native has contributed to five shutouts, most of any player this season, and leads all Sporting KC defenders in minutes played
MF Benny Feilhaber - In MLS, Feilhaber is 2nd in fouls suffered (37), 3rd in duels won (95) and 6th in successful passes (647); 2nd on team in assists (3)
MF Oriol Rosell - Broke MLS records, kept by Opta since 2011, for successful passes (160) and touches (174) in a match in 3-0 win at Montreal
MF Graham Zusi - Two-time MLS All-Star (2012, 2013) leads team with four assists and has recorded the second most successful crosses/corners in MLS (30)
FWD Dom Dwyer - Second in MLS with 10 goals and 46 shots while ranking first among all players in game-winning goals (3) and multi-goal games (3)
Fans can vote at online at MLSsoccer.com through July 11 and votes will be tallied via Twitter from July 2-6. Eleven players - one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards - with the highest combined votes will be named to the All-Star Fan XI.
The 11th player - a forward - will be determined by the AT&T/EA SPORTSTM "More than a Vote" Challenge. Fans have the opportunity to vote one forward into the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on the Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The forward with the most votes - one goal equals one vote - on July 11 will occupy the final forward spot on the All-Star Fan XI.
The 2014 MLS All-Star Game will be held Aug. 6 in Portland, Oregon featuring the MLS All-Stars against Germany's Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Will Sporting Kansas City fans turn out the vote for their players considering the last two years SKC players have been hurt in the All Star Game. Zusi started the 2013 match at Sporting Park but left the game after about 26 minutes with a muscle strain. Zusi did not return to full training for almost three weeks.
In 2012 Aurelien Collin fractured his face and needed to wear this mask upon his return, although he did discard it shortly after starting in his first match back.