MLS fans proved once again that the MLS All-Star game is all about household names and not about the current top league players. After Caleb Porter revealed his 23-man All-Star roster, it had one name, along with several others, missing from the list, forward Dom Dwyer.
The list of forwards that made the 2014 MLS All-Star roster are all incredibly talented, but several players only made the squad because of their name, nothing more than that. If you have not figured out which players that are being referred to by now, it is Landon Donovan and Jermain Defoe. If anything, Defoe deserves a spot more than Donovan, but realistically, neither player deserves a place on this All-Star team.
Dwyer is one of many players who deserved a spot on this team but did not receive a call-up. The main case for Dwyer is simple, he is a goal scoring machine that makes opposing defenses consistently look silly. Oh, is that not enough? How about his 14 goals this season? or what about the fact of him leading Sporting Kansas City to the top spot in the Eastern Conference while Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were gone. If those are not good enough reasons to make someone a MLS All-Star, then someone please educate me so.
Once fans realize that just because Donovan may be a household name, he will not perform anywhere near the same as Dwyer would. Fans reacted poorly when Donovan missed the World Cup squad and this is probably the United States’s way of making it up to him.
Just two last thoughts, how did Porter end up as the coach of the All-Star team when his own Portland Timbers are playing dreadful soccer right now. Also, when the All-Stars lose to Bayern Munich, fans will all be thinking the same thing, “wow, we really should have voted for Dom Dwyer.”