Landon Donovan named to 13th straight MLS All-Star Game

Ronald Martinez

The streak lives on as Landon Donovan has been named to his 13th straight MLS All-Star Game, replacing Robbie Keane who has stained his hip flexor.

Landon Donovan has been added to the 2013 MLS All Star Game roster as a replacement for injured Robbie Keane. The All Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 31st in Kansas City, three days after the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago.

While Donovan is now on the matchday roster, I expect Peter Vermes selects his starts from those involved in Saturday games, for fatigue purposes. Even if he doesn't make the pitch, Donovan keeps his All-Star selection streak alive at 13 dating back to his first season in the league.

Keane's injury is now being reported as a hip flexor strain, and if he's being scratched for the MLS All Star game it feels safe to say he'll be unavailable for this weekend and the next (although next weekend is friendlies). With Robbie Rogers not participating in full training this week, that means the Galaxy will have to use their heavily amended lineup again; while also replacing Omar Gonzalez.

Gonzalez hasn't taken the pitch yet in Gold Cup play and might not on Sunday as Jurgen Klinsmann seems to be going for stability first and foremost on the back line. Gonzalez being held from joining the US in the quarterfinal match might have help him from participating on the pitch at all.

Donovan and Gonzalez both will go from national team duty in Chicago to All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City. Hopefully they'll be held from that weekend's LA Galaxy friendly in Arizona, after all that travel and Donovan's Gold Cup participation.

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