Howard voted to MLS all-star team for game vs. Real Madrid

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Anne M. Peter­son

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. —

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