Osvaldo Alonso and Eddie Johnson were both named MLS All-Star Game reserves by head coach Ben Olsen on Sunday. The Seattle Sounders will now be eligible to play against Chelsea on July 25 in Philadelphia.
It is the first All-Star game selection for both players, who are Each player is enjoying solid seasons for the Seattle Sounders. Johnson, who came to the Sounders in a preseason trade, is currently the Sounders' leading goal-scorer with eight goals. Alonso, meanwhile, has just been his usual old self, mainly dominating whenever he's been on the field.
While the honor is well deserved, it does mean Johnson and Alonso will have to take a relatively unnecessary cross-country trip.
Full roster after the jump
Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls),Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)