Tim Cahill and Bradley Wright-Phillips named to 2014 MLS All-Star roster
HARRISON, NJ (July 19, 2014) – New York forward Bradley Wright-Phillips and midfielder Tim Cahill were named to the 2014 MLS All-Star roster during halftime of today’s LA Galaxy-Sporting Kansas City game at Sporting Park. The MLS All-Stars will face 2013-2014 German Bundesliga Champion F.C. Bayern Munich on Wednesday, August 6 at Providence Park in Portland, OR at 9:30 PM (ESPN2, UniMas).
Wright-Phillips and Cahill join teammate Thierry Henry, who was part of the MLS All-Star Fan XI, on the squad. This is Cahill’s second MLS All-Star Team (2013) and the first for Wright-Phillips.
Through 18 appearances this season, Wright-Phillips is the leading scorer in MLS with 16 goals. The Englishman, now in his second season with the Red Bulls, has scored goals in four consecutive games. Wright-Phillips was named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 8 after a hat-trick against Houston on April 23 and is just three goals shy of the Red Bulls’ single season record in the category which is held by Juan Pablo Angel (19).
Cahill has scored one goal and recorded one assist through 11 appearances this season. In his return to MLS regular-season action following the 2014 FIFA World Cup break on June 27 against Toronto FC, Cahill provided the game-tying assist in stoppage time in a 2-2 draw. Cahill, the all-time leading goalscorer for Australia, recorded two goals in this summer’s World Cup, including arguably the best goal of the tournament – a left-footed volley against the Netherlands.
In what could shape up to be a stateside World Cup showcase, MLS All-Star opponents Bayern Munich currently field seven players that took part in Germany's World Cup winning team. In total, 14 Bayern players represented their countries in Brazil, more than any club in the world.
Under the CBA, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the game day roster, the remaining players receiving the All-Star honor will come from voting among MLS players.
2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster
- Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
- Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
- Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
- Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)