The fans finally got it right. FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez was named to the Fan XI for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City. The First XI was announced on Sunday afternoon.
Fernandez joins five US National Team players on the roster that will take on Italian side Roma AC on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
A 3-4-3 formation was selected for this year's Fan XI. Bios for the 10 All-Stars named today are at the bottom of this release.
2013 MLS All-Star Fan XI
Goalkeeper: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Midfielders: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), AT&T ‘In the Game' forward (TBA - July 11)
Players who were close to the leading vote-getters at their positions, but finished outside the Fan XI included, in alphabetical order by last name: Victor Bernardez (SJ), Tim Cahill (NY), Sam Cronin (SJ), Matteo Ferrari (MTL), Jimmy Nielsen (KC) and Luis Robles (NY).
For weeks Fernandez was trailing Robles and Nielsen in the voting.
The Fan XI are not necessarily included on the game day roster. MLS All-Star coach Peter Vermes will select the roster based on player availability and tactical considerations, but all Fan XI players are All-Stars.
Two selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and Vermes' complete 18-man game day roster, will be announced on Monday, July 15.
Under the CBA, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the game day roster, the remaining players receiving the All-Star honor will come from voting among MLS players and will be announced July 31. It is not a 100% sure thing that Fern