The roster for the 2011 MLS All-Star team's exhibition against Manchester United on July 27 has come out, and there isn't a single D.C. United player on the team. That includes striker Charlie Davies, who is tied for third in MLS with eight goals. Despite that, Davies was left off the roster, as was everyone else on the team.
How did this happen? According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, the 22-man active roster was decided by a combination of the fan vote, coach Hans Backe and commissioner Don Garber. The starting lineup was voted on by the fans. Garber then chose two players to represent the squad, selecting 18-year old New York phenom Juan Agudelo and former Mexican League star Omar Bravo of Sporting Kansas City. Backe then unveiled his reserves, choosing four extra ones because of injuries and Champions League matches. None of the 26 players currently playing include anyone from D.C. United
Six additional players will be chosen as "backups" that won't be on the game-day roster, but could play as injury replacements. MLS requires 32 all-stars, which explains the additional voting. Those six players will be selected via player vote next week.