Del Piero, Ono lead way in A-League All-Star voting

A squad of 35 players has been named after fan votes were tallied, with a host of stars in the running to be part of the side to meet Manchester United in July Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA

The 35 players vying for a spot in the A-League All Stars squad to take on Manchester United in July have been revealed.

More than 30,000 votes were cast by fans in the first stage of selection, with an expert panel - accounting for 20 percent of the overall vote - to now consider the final squad from the 35 names.

Coach Ange Postecoglou retains a final 10 percent share of the voting and can also select three players in the final 18-man squad to take on the English Premier League champions on July 20.

Released by Football Federation Australia on Tuesday, marquee men Shinji Ono [midfielder, Western Sydney Wanderers] and Alessandro Del Piero [striker, Sydney FC] led their respective positions in the voting.

Central Coast's Mat Ryan finished top of the goalkeeping category, with Wanderers' stopper Nikolai Topor-Stanley doing the same for the defenders.

Other notables to win a place in the squad include Newcastle Jets marquee man Emile Heskey, Melbourne Victory favourite Archie Thompson and - despite playing just three matches in his short stint for Sydney FC - Australia captain Lucas Neill.

A 4-4-2 formation was favoured most, with fan voting accounting for 50 percent of the final squad.

The full 35-man squad, in order of votes won:

Goalkeepers: 1. Mathew Ryan [Central Coast Mariners], 2. Ante Covic [Western Sydney Wanderers], 3. Eugene Galekovic [Adelaide United], 4. Michael Theo [Brisbane Roar], 5. Nathan Coe [Melbourne Victory].

Defenders: 1. Nikolai Topor-Stanley [Western Sydney Wanderers], 2. Pedj Bojic [Central Coast Mariners], 3. Patrick Zwaanswijk [Central Coast Mariners], 4. Adama Traore [Melbourne Victory], 5. Michael Beauchamp [Western Sydney Wanderers], 6. Lucas Neill [Sydney FC], 7. Ivan Franjic [Brisbane Roar], 8. Trent Sainsbury [Central Coast Mariners],  9. Michael Thwaite [Perth Glory], 10. Joshua Rose [Central Coast Mariners].

Midfielders: 1. Shinji Ono [Western Sydney Wanderers], 2. Thomas Broich [Brisbane Roar], 3. Youssouf Hersi [Western Sydney Wanderers], 4. Michael McGlinchey [Central Coast Mariners], 5. Aaron Mooy [Western Sydney Wanderers], 6. Mark Milligan [Melbourne Victory], 7. Dario Vidosic [Adelaide United], 8. Marcos Flores [Melbourne Victory], 9. Richard Garcia [Melbourne Heart], 10. Marcelo Carrusca [Adelaide United].

Strikers: 1. Alessandro Del Piero [Sydney FC], 2. Marco Rojas [Melbourne Victory], 3. Emile Heskey [Newcastle Jets], 4. Archie Thompson [Melbourne Victory], 5. Daniel McBreen [Central Coast Mariners], 6. Besart Berisha [Brisbane Roar], 7. Jeremy Brockie [Wellington Phoenix], 8. Shane Smeltz [Perth Glory], 9. Mark Bridge [Western Sydney Wanderers], 10. Bernie Ibini [Central Coast Mariners].

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