TORONTO -- Los Angeles Galaxy stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan headlined the roster for the MLS All-Star Game, which will be played July 24 in Toronto against the English Premier League club West Ham United.
The league-leading New England Revolution claimed three of the 11 early roster spots for the game, which will be played on July 24 at BMO Field. New England will be represented by defender Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis.
The first 11 players were chosen based on voting by fans, players, media and coaches/general managers. Donovan led in aggregate votes, while Beckham had the edge in fan voting.
Also selected to the team were defenders Jimmy Conrad of the Kansas City Wizards and Frankie Hejduk of the Columbus Crew, midfielders Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire, Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA and Robbie Rogers of Columbus and forward Kenny Cooper of FC Dallas.
Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario finished sixth in voting at his position. Toronto FC midfielder Maurice Edu was ninth.
New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol will fill out the roster Tuesday with five more selections.
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