TFC’s Bradley, Giovinco head to all-star game

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - NEIL DAVID­SON

TORONTO — Toronto Foot­ball Club (FC) stars Michael Bradley and Se­bas­tian Giovinco are headed to the 2017 Ma­jor League Soc­cer al­ls­tar game.

The all-stars will face Spain’s Real Madrid on Aug. 2 at Sol­dier Field in Chicago. The league an­nu­ally in­vites a club from abroad to play against a league all-star team. The MLS All-Stars hold an 8—4 record.

The Fan XI an­nounced Fri­day also in­cludes goal­keeper Tim Howard (Colorado), de­fend­ers Greg Garza (At­lanta United), Gra­ham Zusi (Sport­ing Kan­sas City) and DaMar­cus Beasley (Hous­ton Dy­namo), mid­field­ers Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger (Chicago Fire), Miguel Alm­iron (At­lanta United) and Ri­cardo Kaka (Or­lando City SC) and for­wards David Villa (New York City FC) and Ne­manja Nikolic.

Ten of the 11 play­ers on the Fan XI were cho­sen by fan vot­ing.

The 11th Giovinco — was de­ter­mined by EA Sports “More Than a Vote” chal­lenge that saw the Ital­ian star score more than 1.1 mil­lion goals in the “EA Sports FIFA 17” video game.

Oth­ers in the top four of the chal­lenge were Jozy Alti­dore (Toronto FC), Gio­vani dos San­tos (L.A. Gal­axy), Nikolic and Villa.

The rest of the 24-man ros­ter will be an­nounced in mid-July and will in­clude two Com­mis­sioner’s Picks, and 11 picks by all-star coach Veljko Paunovic.

It’s the third all-star se­lec­tion for both Bradley and Giovinco as mem­bers of Toronto FC.

Giovinco has 12 goals and five as­sists in 17 MLS and Cana­dian Cham­pi­onship matches this sea­son. Bradley has two as­sists in 19 ap­pear­ances.

Toronto FC’s all-time all-star list fea­tures Ron­nie O’Brien (2007), Jimmy Bren­nan (2008), Dwayne De Rosario (2009, 2010), Jer­main De­foe (2014), Alti­dore (2015), Bradley (2014, 2015, 2017) and Giovinco (2015, 2016, 2017). 2017 MLS All-Star Fan XI Goal­keeper: Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids).

De­fend­ers: Greg Garza (At­lanta United), Gra­ham Zusi (Sport­ing Kan­sas City), DaMar­cus Beasley (Hous­ton Dy­namo).

Mid­field­ers: Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger (Chicago Fire), Miguel Alm­iron (At­lanta United), Kaka (Or­lando City SC), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC).

For­wards: David Villa (New York City FC), Ne­manja Nikolic (Chicago Fire), Se­bas­tian Giovinco (Toronto FC, via EA Sports “More Than a Vote” Chal­lenge).

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