Big names pushed aside actual production as fans selected famous stars ahead of the league's statistical leaders.Class is apparently permanent, and goals seemingly don't matter to Major League Soccer fans, who voted in an All-Star Fan XI featuring none of the league's top four scorers and just one of the top five assist leaders.
LA Galaxy veteran Landon Donovan (3 goals, 4 assists), who broke the league's all-time goals record earlier this year, was named to the XI, as was U.S. national team midfielder Graham Zusi (1 goal, 4 assists).
Notably missing are New York's league-leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips (16 goals), Kansas City's Dom Dwyer (14 goals), Chivas USA's Erick Torres (13 goals, 1 assist) and Toronto FC's Jermain Defoe (10 goals, 2 assists).
Apart from Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins (8 goals, 6 assists) and New York's Thierry Henry (4 goals, 10 assists), all of the selections are American players, and eight of the nine Americans — apart from Donovan — were a part of the U.S. squad that made the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer.
The MLS All-Stars will take on Bayern Munich at Portland's Providence Park at 9 p.m. ET on Aug. 6.
2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI:
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)