Franklin, Boswell and Edu added to MLS All-Star roster

Three Eastern Conference defenders will take the place of three Western Conference standouts on Caleb Porter's roster.

Major League Soccer announced on Saturday that All-Star coach Caleb Porter has added three players to his roster: Philadelphia Union defender/midfielder Maurice Edu, and D.C. United defenders Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin.

The trio was brought in to replace Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane and defender Omar Gonzalez.

Marshall is carrying a minor injury while the Galaxy have a game on Friday – two days after the MLS All-Stars are set to face off against Bayern Munich (9:30 pm ET on ESPN2, UniMas, TSN, RDS).

"Given the limited minutes that Omar and Robbie would need to play due to having a game on Friday and the injury to Chad, I felt we needed to bring in Sean, Bobby and Maurice to provide us with more cover in the back,” Porter said in a statement. “This will also allow us to manage the other players’ time so everyone is ready for their matches on the weekend."

Boswell and Franklin have both been a huge part of DCU’s revitalization this season, as the club has gone from last place to two points out of first place in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand. Edu has started each of the 18 matches he’s played since returning to MLS from Stoke City, adding three goals and two assists.