De Rosario lone all-star

STEVEN SANDOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Dwayne De Rosario will have a lonely flight to Houston for next week's MLS all-star game.

No additional Toronto FC players were among the 11 selected by coach Bruce Arena or the two special picks from commissioner Don Garber announced Monday.

De Rosario, who leads TFC with eight goals this season, was part of the First XI named last week.

The decision not to take any more Reds wasn't a surprise. Not because they weren't worthy -- keeper Stefan Frei has played every minute of every TFC MLS match this season, and has allowed just 17 goals in 22 games. And central defenders Nana Attakora and Adrian Cann have thrived under coach Preki's defence-first system.

But, with Toronto playing a CONCACAF Champions League game July 27 against Motagua -- a day before the all-stars face a Wayne Rooney-less Manchester United -- Arena likely couldn't risk any more tired players on his roster.

"To be honest with you, we thought no," said Arena about adding any more TFC content. "We don't know the outcome of those (Champions League) games Tuesday on those players physically."

Nine more players will be named inactive all-stars by next week; the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires that MLS name 32 all-stars in a season.

Arena has four of his own Galaxy players, forwards Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan, defender Omar Gonzalez and keeper Donovan Ricketts as part of the First XI. They also have a CONCACAF Champions League qualifier the night before, against the Puerto Rico Islanders, the team that eliminated TFC from the international competition last season.

So, with five members of his First XI likely showing up tired, it's not a shock that the rest of the players were taken from teams who will have fresh legs.

"At the end of the day, the bottom line is that we want to win this game."

The Seattle Sounders aren't eligible to send any players because they play a CONCACAF Champions League qualifier the same night as the all-star game.


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