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Choosing MLS All-Stars By Production, Not the Fan Vote

2014 MLS All-Star XI Should Look Like This

2014 True MLS All Stars
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The results of the fan vote for the MLS All-Star game in August were released earlier this week. As was expected, most of the starting lineup were on the USMNT roster at the 2014 World Cup. Obviously those players missed several matches. Some may say it is not fair to remove them from the All-Star Game and their inclusion would give them the best chance against Bayern Munich. Looking at production only, here is the starting XI.

GK - Bill Hamid

Bill Hamid
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GK - Bill Hamid

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Nick Rimando was voted the starter, and he had great stats to back up the vote. However, the play of Bill Hamid puts him in the production starting lineup. He has a 1.14 goals against average with a 74 percent save percentage. However, goalkeeper is a position where no one has really separated themselves. Stefan Frei has many more wins but is on a great team. Erik Kronberg has had a great season but is injured right now.

LB - Seth Sinovic

Seth Sinovic
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LB - Seth Sinovic

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Seth Sinovic did get a call-up to the USMNT, but he never saw action. He has helped lead Kansas City to seven shutouts. Sinovic has played the full match in all but the opener. He has been disciplined with only four yellow cards thus far.

CB - Drew Moor

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CB - Drew Moor

Drew Moor
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The captain of the Colorado Rapids has not missed a minute of any game this year. The stay-at-home defender scored a pivotal goal earlier in the year but is known for his smooth defending. He only has two yellow cards on the year.

CB - Matt Hedges

Matt Hedges
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CB - Matt Hedges

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The 23-year-old Hedges assumed the captaincy for FC Dallas this season. They have given up their fair share of goals, but Hedges has been the one solid player in the back line. He has scored two goals and provided one assist. He has also won 57 out of 92 aerial duels and has a better passing percentage than all but one of the other outfield players with FC Dallas.

RB - Chad Marshall

Chad Marshall
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RB - Chad Marshall

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Chad Marshall's ability to get forward this year has been key for the Seattle Sounders. They are the best team in MLS for a reason, and Marshall's rebirth is one part of their composition. According to Who Scored, Marshall has the second-best rating of any Sounders player behind only Clint Dempsey. He averages about seven clearances per game on a team known for its attacking ability.

MID - Javier Morales

Javier Morales
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MID - Javier Morales

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A very attack minded team starts with Javier Morales in the deep-lying midfielder role. Morales has continually put forth great performances despite being targeted by the other teams. The maestro for Real Salt Lake has five goals and five assists this year. He has a 81 percent passing completion rate as he averages about four key passes per game.

LM - Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry
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LM - Thierry Henry

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Henry is the only player voted on by the fans who also makes this list. The New York Red Bulls got off to a bad start, but they have turned it around due in part to Henry's willingness to provide for his teammates. He has 10 assists to go along with four goals. He also scored the easiest looking goal of the season even though it wasn't a simple finish.

AM - Pedro Morales

Pedro Morales
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AM - Pedro Morales

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Six goals and eight assists is a pretty good stat line for the second Morales on the squad. However, it is his highlight reel goals from distance that have caught the eye of the rest of the league. He is completing passes at above an 80 percent rate, but the best stat may be that he averages over six successful long passes per game.

RM - Dom Dwyer

Dom Dwyer
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RM - Dom Dwyer

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Dwyer is a bit out of position, but this team would rotate their front four freely. Dwyer has scored 14 goals this season, including two goals in two substitution situations. Dwyer has connected well with Benny Feilhaber to form a great duo through the middle of the field. He is scoring a goal almost every fifth shot.

F - Bradley Wright-Phillips

Bradley Wright-Phillips
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F - Bradley Wright-Phillips

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Wright-Phillips' partnership with Henry has been fun to watch. Aside from earning one penalty this season, he has embraced the role of classic striker. He now has 16 goals on the season. He is averaging a goal every 3.5 shots.

F - Erick Torres

Erick Torres
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F - Erick Torres

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Cubo Torres might be one of the most jovial players in the league. He is very fun to watch, as is Obafemi Martins who was voted on to the All-Star team. He has been one of the most durable forwards in the league, tallying 13 goals and one assist. Torres draws a lot of fouls and is patient in the build up.