Next week's MLS All-Star Game won't have quite as much of a Seattle Sounders flavor as it once appeared. Chad Marshall, who's still nursing a back injury he sustained in a minor car accident last week, won't be playing in Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes and as a result has been removed from the All-Star Game on Wednesday.
"I've already texted Caleb [Porter] and Chris [Henderson] has already called the league," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Friday.
It is unclear who will replace Marshall on the roster, which will apparently also be lacking LA Galaxy players Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane. Goal.com is reporting that the Galaxy pulled both players from the game on account of their having a game against the Earthquakes the following Friday. Bobby Boswell will apparently replace Gonzalez and it is expected that Dom Dwyer will fill in for Keane.
Assuming there aren't any other injuries, though, the Sounders will still be well represented. Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and DeAndre Yedlin were all named to the Fan XI and Osvaldo Alonso was one of Porter's picks.