Archive for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Besler, Bravo named to game-day roster

July 19, 2011

Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Omar Bravo have both been named to the game-day roster for the 2011 AT&T All-Star Game by Manager Hans Backe.

Both players were selected as All-Stars recently, but that didn't guarantee they'd suit up for the match. Now, nowever, both Besler and Bravo are assured places in the game-day squad.

Besler was named as a 2011 MLS-All Star last Sunday after receiving nearly three times as many votes via AT&T Text Voting than any other MLS player. Besler, 24, has been a constant force at the back for Sporting Kansas City during the team’s current 11-game unbeaten run in league play. With Besler in central defense, Sporting Kansas City has yet to concede more than one goal in 12-straight matches in league play.

Bravo was selected to the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Saturday as one of two picks made by Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber. The 31-year-old Designated Player currently leads Sporting Kansas City in goals with four on the year,despite missing five straight games recovering from sports hernia surgery.

The 2011 MLS All-Stars will go up against English Premier League champion Manchester United at 7:30 p.m. July 27 at Red Bull Arena in New York.

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