De Rosario gets all-star nod

Dwayne De Rosario is Toronto FC's lone All-Star. (Greg Henkenhaf/QMI AGENCY)

Dwayne De Rosario is Toronto FC's lone All-Star. (Greg Henkenhaf/QMI AGENCY)

STEVEN SANDOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

Dwayne De Rosario was the lone Toronto FC representative named to the First XI for the July 28 MLS all-star game.

The all-stars will face Manchester United in Houston.

United will be without all of its World Cup stars save for Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who is expected to make his debut in a United shirt that night.

De Rosario, leads TFC with eight goals, good for third in the league.

But De Rosario, as well as the four members of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the First XI — MLS leading scorer Edson Buddle, World Cup star Landon Donovan, defender Omar Gonzalez and keeper Donovan Ricketts — have CONCACAF Champions League games the night before the all-star game.

Toronto FC plays Honduran side Motagua on July 27.

MLS has stated that those players will report to Houston the day of the game. But, it will be up to all-star coach Bruce Arena to decide how much playing time those players would get.

Last year, De Rosario had to miss the all-star game in the Salt Lake City suburbs because of CONCACAF Champions League contests.

The Seattle Sounders, who also have a Champions League conflict with the all-star game, would not be able to send any players to Houston, the MLS confirmed.

The rest of the starters include reigning defender of the year Chad Marshall of the Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave and midfielders Javier Morales and Kyle Beckerman; the Chicago Fire’s Guatemalan sparkplug, Marco Pappa; and the Crew’s Argentine star, Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Only five of the 16 MLS teams are represented in the First XI.


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