For part of the 2013 MLS season, Jack McInerney lead the golden boot race, and is currently on the US Men’s National Team 2013 Gold Cup roster. On the other hand, Sebastien LeToux has been a major part of the Philadelphia Union’s success.
Neither the fans, Sporting Kansas City head coach and MLS All-Stars manager Peter Vermes, or MLS commissioner Don Garber chose McInerney or Le Toux. Their decisions mean only one thing for Philadelphia Union opponents — both will be extra motivated, so they better watch out.
Yes, more MLS players will still be chosen for the All-Star game, but they are considered “inactives” and will most like not see any playing time. McInerney and Le Toux both deserve All-Star game playing time.
I do first have to say that Vermes made some quality manager picks including Camillo Sanvezzo, Robbie Keane, and Corey Ashe. In total, Vermes selected five players, but Sanvezzo, Keane and Ashe were his best and most-deserved picks.
However, commissioner Garber’s pick of New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill bothered me in particular and definitely wasn’t Garber’s best All-Star Game commissioner pick. Recently, Cahill has been a force to reckon, but he hasn’t been playing that way all season. Garber should be picking players who have been consistently performing well and helping their team succeed throughout the entire first-half.
McInerney and Le Toux do exactly that for the Philadelphia Union. Le Toux leads the league with nine assists, while McInerney has 10 goals. He is the Union’s team leader and has the fourth most goals in the league.
It is truly an injustice to see neither Le Toux nor McInerney on the active MLS All-Star game roster, but All-Star selections are never perfect. At the same time, this injustice will motivate both McInerney and Le Toux to continue their sharp first-half play and carry it into the second half. They will continue to be lead the Union on and off the field.
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