The MLS All-Star Game was set to have a strong Los Angeles Galaxy flavor, but sources tell Goal USA that the Galaxy working hard to change that.
Sources tell Goal USA that Galaxy and U.S. national team defender Omar Gonzalez and star Galaxy forward Robbie Keane will be withdrawn from the MLS All-Star team. It remains unclear whether Landon Donovan will still take part, but sources tell Goal USA he will likely still be involved in a limited role.
Sources have confirmed that D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell will replace Gonzalez, while it remains unclear who will replace Keane. Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer makes the most sense as a replacement for Keane, though the final decision will likely be up to Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter, who is coaching the MLS All-Stars against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
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The Galaxy play the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 8, just two days after the MLS All-Star Game, which is being played in Portland. The Earthquakes do not have any players taking part in the MLS All-Star Game. The scheduling by MLS is certainly curious considering the Galaxy's history of having all-star selections every season.
Gonzalez only recently returned to action after returning from the World Cup and recovering from injury. He started and played 90 minutes in his first match after the World Cup, in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders. Sources tell Goal USA that Gonzalez is still likely to take part in all-star activities in Portland next week, but won't take part in the MLS All-Star Game itself.
Boswell has enjoyed a standout campaign for D.C. United, serving as the defensive leader on a revamped D.C. back line that has one of the best defensive track records in MLS.
Porter will have several options to replace Keane, including Timbers standout Darlington Nagbe, who would be a well-received pick for home fans, though Dwyer has been widely-regarded as one of the biggest MLS All-Star snubs.