Sounders coach Sigi Schmid didn't seem pleased with that league policy:
"I think we have some (players who are deserving)," Schmid said after training today. "I haven't seen the list, so I can't comment. I think obviously the player and the club should be able to deal with the conflict. If a guy's deserving, he should get selected."
That said, Sounder goalkeeper Kasey Keller -- who fans voted onto the MLS First XI -- actually held out hope that he might be able to make it from Panama to New York in time to make an appearance.
"I’m not quite sure if I’m going to be playing in the All-Star game yet," he said from the Sounders locker room on Saturday. "But that’s going to be a good team playing Man U in that All-Star game: so another opportunity for MLS to showcase itself against one of the great teams in the world."
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(The MLS release lists Keller as inactive for the game.)
Here's the gameday roster:
2011 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeeper:Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Faryd Mondragón (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders:Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City),Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes),Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake),Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).
Midfielders:Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Brad Davis(Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution),Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA)
Forwards:Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City),Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy),Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Inactive All-Stars (Note that another six inactive All-Stars will be chosen via player voting):Kasey Keller(Seattle Sounders FC),Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls),Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Here's the full release from the league.