Howard voted to MLS all-star team for game vs. Real Madrid
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard was voted by fans to the 2017 MLS all-star team, the league announced Friday.
Howard will anchor a back line that includes fellow U.S. national players DaMarcus Beasley of the Houston Dynamo and Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City.
NYCFC’s David Villa, Toronto’s Michael Bradley and Chicago’s Bastian Schweinsteiger are also among the fan selections for next month’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Schweinsteiger was on Germany’s 2014 World Cup team. He is joined on the MLS squad by Chicago Fire teammate Nemanja Nikolic as first-time all-stars. The MLS team will face Real Madrid and possibly star Cristiano Ronaldo on Aug. 2 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Howard and Ronaldo were teammates briefly with Manchester United.
Nikolic, who joined the Fire this season, leads MLS with 16 goals through 19 games.
“It’s really a fantastic feeling that I will be part of this team and we can represent the league. We will play against the best team in the world with the best player in the world, and I hope everybody will enjoy this,” Nikolic said. “We can be proud.”
Atlanta United defender Greg Garza and teammate Miguel Almiron also are first-time all-stars.
Orlando’s Kaka completes the 10 fan selections. The 11th starter is Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, who was picked in a vote tied to EA Sports’ FIFA 17 video game. —