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Surging Sporting KC lands pair on MLS All-Star game-day roster

July 28, 2011

Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler and Omar Bravo both were 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, however, both Besler and Bravo are assured places in the game-day squad.

The two All-Star selections were earned after the club surged from last place in the Eastern Conference a month ago into fourth this week.

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

The 2011 MLS All-Stars took on English Premier League champion Manchester United Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena in New York. Results were unavailable at press time.

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