Fan Voting Launches Today for 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game

Eight Chicago Fire Players Chosen for Fan Ballot

CHICAGO (May 28, 2014) – Major League Soccer announced today the eight Chicago Fire players that have been chosen for the fan ballot for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against reigning German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Aug. 6 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. Fan voting is now open on www.MLSsoccer.com.

The Men in Red are represented on the fan ballot by goalkeeper Sean Johnson; defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Bakary Soumare; midfielders Jeff Larentowicz, Patrick Nyarko and Harry Shipp; and forwards Quincy Amarikwa and Mike Magee.

Four Fire players on this year’s ballot have previous All-Star game experience.

Hurtado, then with the Seattle Sounders, and Soumare entered in the second half of the 2009 edition when MLS hosted Everton FC at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 29, 2009. Larentowicz represented the Rapids and played the second half against Manchester United at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on July 28, 2010. Magee played the second half against Italian giants AS Roma last year at Sporting Park on July 31.

Media members nominated a total of 152 players to the fan ballot. Fans may vote online here through July 11 at 2 p.m. CT and via Twitter from July 2-6. Eleven players – one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards – with the highest combined votes will be named to the All-Star Fan XI.

The 11th player – a forward – will be determined by the AT&T/EA SPORTS™ “More than a Vote” Challenge. Fans have the opportunity to vote one forward into the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on the Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The forward with the most votes – one goal equals one vote – on July 11 will occupy the final forward spot on the All-Star Fan XI.

All-Star head coach Caleb Porter of the Portland Timbers will choose the game day roster and the starting lineup against Bayern Munich on August 6. The first marquee MLS event to be held at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMas, and in Canada on TSN and RDS, starting at 8:30 p.m. CT.

A total of 32 All-Stars are named each year, per the collective bargaining agreement. Media, fans, players, the All-Star coach and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contribute in the All-Star selection process.

The 32 players named 2014 AT&T MLS All-Stars will be selected in four phases:

1)     Ballot creation: Media members determined the field of players – eight players per team – who are most deserving of consideration for this year’s AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Those players are eligible for fan voting.

2)     Fan voting: From May 28 through July 11, fans will select the “Fan XI” All-Stars. Fans can vote via any of three platforms:

a.     At MLSsoccer.com: vote for your starting lineup of 11 players, beginning May 28

b.    Via Twitter: from July 2 at 8 a.m. CT until July 6 at 10:59 p.m. CT; full details of Twitter voting will be released on MLSsoccer.com in the near future

c.     Via the AT&T / EA SPORTS “More than a Vote” Challenge: fans will score as many goals as possible with their favorite MLS All-Star forward candidate in FIFA 14, with one goal equaling one vote. The forward with the most votes will occupy one of the forward spots on the All-Star Fan XI.

3)     Team selection: The MLS All-Star head coach will select the game day roster from the pool of eligible players, consisting of the Fan XI, MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s two selections and players who received votes from at least two players.

The Commissioner selections and game day roster will be announced on July 19 or 21.

4)     Player selections: MLS players will determine the remainder of the 32 All-Stars named annually per the CBA (known as the “inactive roster”).

The final list of 32 All-Stars (4 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 13 midfielders and 7 forwards) will be announced on MLSsoccer.com on August 6.

2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Voting Timeline

May 28: Fan voting begins

July 2-6: Fan voting – Twitter Window    

July 11: Fan voting closes

July 16: Fan XI unveiled

July 19 or 21: Game day roster and Commissioner’s picks announced

Aug. 6: MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich at Providence Park at 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2, UniMas, TSN, RDS)