No team will be better represented in the MLS All-Star Game than the Seattle Sounders. After three players were named to the "Fan XI" earlier in the week, Chad Marshall and Osvaldo Alonso were added to the roster on Saturday. They will be among the 23 players that will face Bayern Munich on Aug. 6 at Portland's Providence Park.
Whether or not that's a good thing is probably worth discussing.
The All-Star Game comes in the middle of the Sounders' busiest portion of their schedule. Starting with the home match against the LA Galaxy on July 28, the Sounders will play seven competitive matches in about four weeks' time. The All-Star Game would mean that those five players could be playing two matches every week during that time. Among those matches are five matches against Western Conference opponents and a U.S. Open Cup semifinal. It's also worth noting that only three of those matches are on the road and that the longest road trip is to Real Salt Lake.
At the same time, having five players on the All-Star roster is a deserving honor for a team that currently leads the Supporters' Shield race by seven points. It's also unlikely that those five players will all play significant minutes.
2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster
Goalkeeper: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall(Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill(New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers),Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)