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Dynamo's Ching, Davis named All-Stars

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and MLS All-Star Team head coach Bruce Arena of the LA Galaxy have made their selections to complete the 23-man 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star roster. The MLS All-Stars will take on Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 28, 2010 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2, TeleFutura). Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling (713) 276-7500.

The 2010 Commissioner’s selections are Houston Dynamo star forward Brian Ching and MLS original Jaime Moreno of D.C. United. 

Due to international club competition for five members of the All-Star First XI and an injury to midfielder Kyle Beckerman, Arena selected 11 additional players for the game day roster:

Goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake); defenders Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) and Heath Pearce (FC Dallas); midfielders Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution) and Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids); as well as forward Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls). 

Commissioner's Selections:

Brian Ching has been an integral part of the Dynamo squad and Houston community since 2006. He scored four goals in the club’s inaugural game, a 5-2 victory against Colorado. During the team’s first season in Houston, Ching led the Dynamo to the MLS Cup, scoring the tying goal in extra time against New England Revolution and his team’s final goal in the penalty kick tiebreaker. The following year, Ching helped the Dynamo win their second MLS Cup with seven regular season goals and two in the playoffs. 

Ching has won or shared the Dynamo’s Budweiser Golden Boot all four seasons: 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Among active players, his 68 career goals rank 10th in MLS and are just two behind ninth-place Dwayne De Rosario. Since earning his first cap with the U.S. national team on May 26, 2003, Ching has worn his country’s shirt on 45 occasions, recording 11 goals. This year, in conjunction with Dynamo Charities, MLS W.O.R.K.S., and Habitat for Humanity, Ching launched The House that Ching Built, a campaign to raise $75,000 to build a home for a deserving family.

Jaime Moreno is the League’s all-time leading goal scorer and currently is the only player to appear in each of the first 15 seasons of MLS.  Moreno joined MLS and D.C. United midway through the League’s inaugural year, 1996. The crafty Bolivian forward helped lead United to the first MLS Cup championship and has since won three more MLS Cups with United in 1997, 1999, and 2004. 

In 2005, Moreno was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI and has been named to the single-season MLS Best XI five times. Now 36, he leads the MLS all-time goals chart with 132 and is fourth all-time in assists with 102 in 333 regular season games. He also ranks fourth all-time in playoff goals (12) and assists (10). Moreno has served his country well, scoring nine goals in 75 appearances for the Bolivian national team before retiring from his international career in October of 2008.

Arena and his staff will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations.  Under the CBA, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the 23-man game day roster, the remaining nine players receiving that title will come from the weighted voting, but will be inactive for the All-Star Game. The inactive, or alternate All-Star roster, will be announced at a later date.

2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Roster:

Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)*, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) &

Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)*, Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) *, Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)*, Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) &, Heath Pearce (FC Dallas) &, Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) &, Kevin Alston (New England Revolution) &.

Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) *, Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)* Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) *, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew) *, Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union) &, David Ferreira (FC Dallas) &, Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) &, Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution) &, Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) &.

Forwards: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) *, Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) *, Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls) &, Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) +, Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) +

Unavailable: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)

* Denotes selection to First XI Team
Denotes a Commissioner’s Selection
& Denotes Coach’s Selection

Online fan balloting comprising 25 percent of the combined First XI vote, with MLS coaches and GMs (25 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent) accounting for the remainder. Players and coaches/general managers could not register votes for players on their own teams.

Brad Davis
Houston Dynamo
Nationality: USA
Born: November 8, 1981

Possessing a cultured left foot, Davis is one of the best dead ball strikers in MLS and has three goals, six assists in 15 games this season. In 2009, Davis tied for best in MLS with 12 assists and was named Dynamo team MVP. The third overall pick out of Saint Louis University in the 2003 SuperDraft, he began his career with the MetroStars before going to Dallas for two seasons. Davis then went to San Jose in 2005, moving with the club when they transferred to Houston for the 2006 season. This is Davis' third MLS All-Star appearance.

Brian Ching
Houston Dynamo
Nationality: USA
Born: May 24, 1978

The Dynamo’s exemplary talisman has three goals and an assist in nine games this season. A three-time MLS Cup winner and MVP of MLS Cup 2006, Ching was a part of the U.S. national team pre-World Cup camp, and is the first Hawaiian to play for the U.S. team. The “Big Kahuna” led MLS with 12 goals in 2004 and was named to the MLS Best XI. In each of the past four seasons, Ching has led, or tied for the lead, in goals for his club. After making his debut in 2001 with Los Angeles, he spent a year in the USL before signing with San Jose in 2003. This is Ching's fourth MLS All-Star appearance.

Full bios for all All-Star Game participants are available at MLSSoccer.com.


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