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Kinnear picked as MLS All-Star asst. coach

Major League Soccer today announced that Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear will assist LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and the MLS All-Stars against 2009 English Premier League champion Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and TeleFutura from Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

“We are very happy to hear that Dominic [Kinnear] has been asked to participate in the MLS All-Star game,” said Dynamo COO Chris Canetti. “It is a great honor and serves as a tribute to the hard work that Dominic has put in throughout his coaching career.”

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Because the LA Galaxy are scheduled to host the Puerto Rico Islanders in a 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League match on Tuesday, July 27, Arena has asked Kinnear to lead the All-Star training sessions on Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27, as well as serve as his assistant coach on gameday. Kinnear coached the 2009 MLS All-Star team to a 1-1 draw against Everton at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT.

Fans and media may continue to vote for the MLS All-Star First XI through July 6. One-fourth of the total vote for the First XI will come from each of the following groups: fans, players, coaches and general managers, and media members. The MLS All-Star First XI will be announced on Tuesday, July 13.

Arena and Kinnear will collaborate to select five additional All-Stars who will join the two Commissioner’s selections to complete the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game roster. The entire 18-man roster, including those five coaches’ selections and two Commissioner’s picks, will be announced on Monday, July 19.