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Montero & Hurtado added to All-Star roster

Sounders forward Fredy Montero and defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado were added today to the MLS All-Star team that will meet Everton of the English Premier League on July 29 in Sandy, Utah.

Here's my story from the Tuesday paper.

The final selections by All-Star/Houston coach Dominic Kinnear give the Sounders four all-stars, with midfielder Freddie Ljungberg and goalkeeper Kasey Keller having been named earlier to the MLS First XI.

Houston leads MLS with five all-stars, Seattle is second with four: one for each spot on the field: keeper, defense, midfield, fowards. No other team has more than two All-Stars.

"It is a good honor to have that amount of players in the all-star game," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said today.

Here's the full roster:

2009 MLS All-Star Team

Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC)*, Pat Onstad (Houston Dynamo)&

Defenders: Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)*, Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire)*, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Seattle Sounders FC)&, Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)*

Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards)&, Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)+, Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)&, Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo)*, Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution)*, Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle Sounders FC)*, Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)+

Forwards: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids)*, Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)&, Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)*, Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)&

* Denotes selection to First XI Team (Blanco replaced Dwayne De Rosario due to Toronto FC's CONCACAF Champions League match)

+ Denotes a Commissioner's Selection

& Denotes Coach's Selection

Online fan balloting comprising 25 percent of the combined First XI vote, with MLS coaches and GMs (25 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent) accounting for the remainder. Players and coaches/general managers could not register votes for players on their own teams.

More information at the MLS website.