The Twitter vote is closed but you can still cast your vote to give your favorite Dynamo players a chance to be on the MLS All-Star team and take on Chelsea FC. The game will be played at PPL Park (home of the Philadelphia Union) on July 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. CT! Make sure to select Dynamo’s Tally Hall, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainult, Brad Davis, and Will Bruin on your MLS All-Star ballot today.
Fans can vote until July 2 online at MLSsoccer.com or by texting a player's last name only to 22442. Online and text voting concludes July 2 at 4 p.m. CT.
The 11 players with the highest combined online, text and Twitter fan votes will become the First XI All-Stars and will be unveiled on Sunday, July 8, at halftime of the Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy match. The player that earns the most text votes will automatically claim one of those 11 spots. Following the unveiling, the game-day roster will be announced on July 15 by MLS All-Star head coac Ben Olsen during the New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders match at 3 p.m. CT.
There is no restriction on the number of times a fan can vote, so make sure to vote for your Dynamo players as many times as you can!
From now until 10:59 p.m. CDT, you can tweet your vote for the MLS First XI for the All Star Game vs. Chelsea FC on July 25. We need your help to get Will Bruin, Geoff Cameron, Tally Hall and the rest of the Dynamo to Philadelphia to take on the UEFA Champions League winners. Here's how you do it:
Step 1: Follow @MLS on Twitter. Only users that follow @MLS will be eligible.
Step 2: Choose from the 114 eligible players listed here that you want to vote for. We recommend Tally Hall, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Will Bruin and Brad Davis, for obvious reasons.
Step 3: Use the first AND last name of the player(s) that you're voting for along with the hashtag #MLSAllStar, and tweet it!
That's all you have to do! You can vote via Twitter as many times as you would like, and you can vote for as many players as possible in a single tweet (But you can't vote for the same player multiple times in the same tweet. You'll have to make separate tweets.) Remember, Twitter voting ends tonight, so get your tweets in! If your followers complain that you're overrunning their timeline, tell them that they should be voting as well.
If you miss the Twitter deadline or don't have a Twitter account, you can also vote using the online ballot here.
Now let's paint Twitter orange and get our players to the All-Star Game!
Geoff Cameron joined the guys over on the ExtraTime Radio podcast this week, and they discussed his time with the national team and what's next for the Dynamo. Geoff recounted some stories of visiting Central American stadiums with the Dynamo in CONCACAF Champions League play and said that he's focused on his play on the field with the Dynamo despite European transfer rumors swirling about.
MLSsoccer.com's Power 5 series continues this week with five MLS records that are likely to be broken, as well as five that are likely to stand the test of time. Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston came in at No. 4 on the breakable record list with his all-time minutes record. Today, Ralston made another appearance on the list with his all-time assist record. The former New England winger has 135 career assists, 21 more then the No. 2 person on the list (Carlos Valderrama) and 38 more than the active leader (Landon Donovan).
Donovan, however, is not the man that the experts at MLSsoccer.com believe has the tools to break Ralston's record. That honor goes to Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, a man who shares much in common with Ralston. Both men are from the St. Louis area and both have benefited from forwards who know how to put the ball in the back of the net. (i.e. Taylor Twellman and Brian Ching). Although Davis sits 51 assists shy of Ralston's record, the 2011 MLS MVP runner-up is showing no signs of slowing down. He tallied 40 assist from 2009-2011 and has four assists in 2012. Watch below to see why the MLSsoccer.com writers believe Davis is the man to break Ralston's record.
WATCH: Brad Davis notches two assists in Houston's 3-3 draw vs. Toronto
MLSsoccer.com continues its Power 5 series with a look at five records that are considered breakable, as well as five that will not be broken any time soon. No. 4 on the breakable list is career minutes played, a record held by none other than Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston. Ralston is described by his peers as an "Iron Man" and is credited not only for his longevity, but for his ability to maintain a high level throughout his career. Watch the video below to see what else the writers at MLSsoccer.com have to say about the Dynamo Assistant Coach and who they think could break his record.
Voting began on Friday for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, a matchup of the MLS All-Stars and European Champions Chelsea on July 25 in Philadelphia.
Who do you think should be on the All-Star team this year? Six Dynamo players are on the ballot: Goalkeeper Tally Hall; defenders Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron and Andre Hainault; midfielder Brad Davis and forward Will Bruin.
A panel of media members nominated a total of 114 players – the top six per team – to the fan ballot. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s first and last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur June 21-22.
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will become the first 11 All-Stars – known as the All-Star First XI.
MLSSoccer.com editor in chief Greg Lalas offers his selections for defenders in the video below, including Dynamo center back Geoff Cameron.
Dynamo defender Andre Hainault and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson each featured in their respective national team's friendlies this pat weekend. Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron was on the bench for the U.S. against Canada, but was not called upon by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hainault started and played 90 minutes against the United States in the scoreless draw at BMO Field on Sunday. The Dynamo defender anchored a backline that shut down the U.S. attacked and also earned a yellow card for a foul on Jermaine Jones.
WATCH U.S. VS. CANADA HIGHLIGHTS
Je-Vaughn Watson started and played 86 minutes in Jamaica's 2-1 loss to Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez. The Dynamo midfielder picked up a yellow card for a foul in the 68th minute.
WATCH JAMAICA VS. PANAMA HIGHLIGHTS
In the latest episode of Anatomy of a Goal, MLSsoccer.com editor-in-chief Greg Lalas breaks down Luiz Camargo's strike against the New England Revolution. Lalas commends Camargo's willingnes to move without the ball, as well as Ching's intelligence to show for his teammate and draw defenders away from the open space. Watch the video below to see what else Lalas had to say.
MLSsoccer.com's Power 5 series continues this week with a look at the top five center backs in MLS. Coming in at No. 3 is Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron, a player who has only played the center back position for approximately two years yet has already caught the attention of U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. In the video, Cameron is praised for his calmness on the ball, his precision with his passing and his ability to start the attack.
In case you missed it, Dynamo midfielder Luiz Camargo opened his MLS scoring account in dramatic fashion on Saturday, finishing off a one-two with Brian Ching with an emphatic left-footed strike past Matt Reis to give Houston a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium. If you haven't seen the goal previously, watch the video below.
Aside from giving the Dynamo a much deserved point on the road, Camargo's goal has also been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. This is the second consecutive week a Dynamo goal has been nominated.