2011 MLS All-Star Voting Process Announced

Fans, media, players, coach all involved in selecting MLS All-Stars

If the MLS All-Stars are going to beat English Premier League
champions Manchester United in the All-Star Game on July 27 at Red Bull
Arena, they’re going to need a big game from Hans Backe. 

The New
York Red Bulls manager was named by MLS as the All-Stars head coach to
match wits against Sir Alex Ferguson in the nationally televised affair
(8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Galavisión), which is a rematch of the 2010
match that Man Utd won 5-2 at Reliant Stadium.

VISIT: MLSsoccer.com All-Star homepage

There
will be 32 All-Stars named with fans voting from a field of 108 players
determined by a select media panel. Fan voting via text, twitter and
online will conclude on July 5 and the fan selections will be announced
on July 10. Then it will be up to Backe to choose whether any of those
11 fan selections make the gameday roster. Backe will announce his squad
on Monday, July 18.

The 32 players named 2011 AT&T MLS All-Stars will be selected in four phases:

1)     Ballot creation:
A select media panel will determine the field of players – six players
per team – who are most deserving of consideration for this year’s
All-Star Game. Those 108 players will be eligible for fan voting. 

The ballot of eligible players nominated by the media panel will be announced on MLSsoccer.com on June 8.

2)     Fan voting: Beginning June 8 and ending July 5, fans will select the “First XI” All-Stars. Fans can vote via three digital platforms:

At MLSsoccer.com: Vote for your starting lineup of 11 players, beginning June 8.

Via
mobile texting (SMS): Vote for one player per text message with
specific instructions to be announced June 8. Each vote will count
equally with those submitted online in determining the First XI, but the
player who receives the most text votes will be guaranteed one of those
11 slots.

Twitter: Specific instructions for voting via Twitter will be announced June 8.

The
First XI will be announced Sunday, July 10, likely on ESPN during
halftime of the Portland-Seattle game that begins at 5 p.m. ET.

3)     Coach & Commissioner selections: The
MLS All-Star head coach will select the gameday roster. Players named
to the First XI are eligible for selection to the gameday roster by the
coach. MLS Commissioner Don Garber will select two All-Stars; the coach
will decide if those two are selected for the gameday roster.

The coach and Commissioner selections will be announced on Monday, July 18.

4)     Player selections: Once
the final gameday roster has been announced, voting by MLS players will
determine the remainder of the 32 All-Stars named annually per the CBA
(known as the “inactive roster”).

The final list of 32 All-Stars
(4 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 13 midfielders and 7 forwards) will be
announced on MLSsoccer.com on July 25.