Four Star Matchday: All Star Voting, Retention Funds

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Alexi Lalas gave a report saying the LA Galaxy used retention funds in signing Juninho this offseason, and Omar Gonzalez was named to the Fan XI for the upcoming MLS All Star Game.

  • The halftime broadcast on ESPN of Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City was an eventful one. First the MLS All-Star fan voting was announced, with Omar Gonzalez representing the LA Galaxy amongst ten players selected. Former Galaxy player Mike Magee also was selected by fan voting, though as a midfielder. For the most part fan voting was for players who have shown well on the pitch this year, although Chris Wondolowski did make it based mostly on last year's performance despite having a slow start to the season. Raul Fernandez also leapfrogged Luis Robles after his MLS Insider film showed his family cheering for him in Peru, showing that the show is being watched by MLS hardcore fans.
  • Thierry Henry and Chris Wondolowski were the two forwards chosen by fans, but a third forward will be chosen through a FIFA 13 event. Among the forwards left on the ballot, the one who scores the most goals through July 10th will be added to the team, with each goal counting as one vote. So there's a chance Robbie Keane could still make his way onto the Fan XI.
  • The halftime broadcast also saw Alexi Lalas break down the use of retention funds. According to the report each MLS team gets $250k of retention funds to use on three players (remember the previously stated rules say a player has to be young and of particular value), and that the Galaxy's signing of Juninho was done using retention funds. Lalas was understanding of MLS' secrecy, while Taylor Twellman stood up for fans (and media) needing to know the rules as they're implemented.
  • Since it is match day here's the LA Times' blurb on the game, and Kevin Baxter's Sunday column on the upcoming Gold Cup.
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