Pope, Jones added to MLS All-Star roster
NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Pope of Real Salt Lake and Cobi Jones of the Los Angeles Galaxy were among seven players added to the MLS All-Star roster on Tuesday.
Pope, a defender, and Jones, a midfielder, have played in all 12 MLS seasons and plan to retire this year.
MLS commissioner Don Garber selected the two players, who will compete in the All-Star game against Scottish Premier League champion Celtic FC on July 19 in Commerce City, Colo.
New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol picked the remaining five All-Stars: goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (Kansas City Wizards), midfielders Ronnie O’Brien (Toronto FC) and Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), and forwards Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo).
Forward Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls led the All-Star voting announced last week.
The Revolution had a league-high three players chosen by online fan balloting, MLS coaches and GMs and media — defender Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis.
Also voted to the first team were midfielders Dwayne De Rosario and Ricardo Clark of the Dynamo, Christian Gomez (D.C. United) and Juan Toja (FC Dallas), defenders Jimmy Conrad (Wizards) and Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), and forward Eddie Johnson (Wizards).