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2004 All-Star Game Rosters Announced
The rosters for the Eastern and Western conference teams for the 2004 Major League Soccer All-Star game were announced this week and a few very deserving players were left off. Most noticeably are goalkeeper Joe Cannon and Tony Meola from the Western Conference. The All-Star teams are voted on by fans, players, media and coaches, each counting as 25% of the voting.

Eastern Conference
Peter Nowak
(DC United) – In his first year as a professional coach Peter Nowak has led his team to a less than impressive 5-6-6 record. Nowak, however had the most points of any coach in the weak Eastern Conference when the All-Star coaches were selected two weeks ago. At that point Nowak had a 5-5-5 record. Columbus Crew head coach Greg Andrulis had a 5-5-3 record, equaling Nowak’s wins while playing 2 less games and may have been more deserving of the Eastern All-Stars coaching spot.

Henry Ring
(Chicago Fire) – After spending his first three seasons in MLS as a back-up to Zach Thornton, Ring got the opportunity to take the starting spot when Thornton left for Portugal and has made the most of it. Ring currently has the best stats in East with a 1.06 goals against average and a 79.1 save percentage.
Reserve: Jon Busch (Columbus Crew) – The shortest starting goalkeeper in MLS has earned respect from strikers throughout the league by putting up an impressive 1.13 goals against average and a 76.7 save percentage, both second best in the East.

Can’t argue with these two choices as DC United and the New England Revolution have switched between goalies all season, while the Metrostars’ Jonny Walker has put up the worst stats in the league.

Frankie Hejduk
(Columbus Crew) – Hejduk returned to MLS from Germany last year and has been an All-Star both seasons. Hejduk has played mostly midfield this season, so it was surprising to see him listed as a defender on the All-Star ballot. The US National Team regular has registered two goals so far this season.
Eddie Pope (Metrostars) – Pope is not having his best season, while playing defense for the team that has allowed the most goals in MLS. Making his eighth consecutive All-Star selection, Pope is in his second season with the Metrostars, earning the role of captain.
Jim Curtin (Chicago Fire) – The 6’-4” defender has started every game for the Fire since 2003 and has taken on more of a leadership role since Carlos Bocanegra left in the offseason for Fulham in the English Premier League. He has helped lead his team to the best defensive record in the East.
Ryan Nelson (D.C. United) – Nelson has been the most impressive defender for DC United once again this year and is making his second consecutive All-Star appearance. DC’s captain played a big role in keeping his team near the top of the Eastern Conference table.

Reserves: None

Rookie Jeff Parke, the last pick in the 2004 SuperDraft, has been more impressive this year than Pope for the Metrostars and should’ve at least been named as a reserve to the All-Star team. Columbus Crew rookie Chad Marshall also deserves mention.

DaMarcus Beasley
(Chicago Fire) – Beasley has earned his way onto the All-Star team for his play with the U.S. National Team and since this is the MLS All-Star game, not the U.S. National Team All-Star game, Beasley doesn’t belong. Beasley has just three points from 3 assists in 15 games so far this season.
Chris Armas (Chicago Fire) – Earning his 7th consecutive All-Star selection, Armas has recorded five assists from his holding midfield role. The Fire captain has once again been a great leader for his team.
Eddie Gaven (Metrostars) – At 17 years old, Eddie Gaven should have been the youngest ever All-Star selection, if it wasn’t for Freddy Adu somehow making the team as a reserve. Gaven has registered four goals and five assists for the Metrostars this year, while also becoming the fourth youngest player to appear for the national team on July 11th.
Amado Guevara (Metrostars) – Guevara is currently second in the league in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. Having his best year in MLS, Guevara is quickly establishing himself as one of the best playmakers in MLS. This is his second consecutive All-Star appearance.

Reserves: Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution) – Dempsey has played every minute this season except for the home opener. The rookie midfielder leads the team in scoring with 6 goals and 1 assist. Dempsey is considered the early favorite for Rookie of the Year and has even been called the best player in the league this season by media members.
Bobby Convey (D.C. United) – Bobby Convey has not played up to his ability this season. After being denied a work permit last season when trying to transfer to Tottenham Hostpur of the English Premier League, Convey has seemed to not play at his best in MLS. Convey has just three assists this season.
Ben Olsen (D.C. United) – Olsen is making his fourth career All-Star team, but has just two goals and an assist this season. Olsen has made the switch from the wide midfield to central midfield.

Olsen, Convey and Beasley are not having All-Star worthy seasons. Dempsey deserves to be starting and D.C.’s Dema Kovalenko is more worthy of an All-Star than his two D.C. teammates who made the team.

Damani Ralph
(Chicago Fire) – Last year’s MLS Rookie of the Year is having another great season. Ralph leads all forwards in the east with 8 goals and 2 assists for 18 points.
Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) – Moreno is second to Ralph in points for forwards in the Eastern Conference with 4 goals and 7 assists for 15 points.

Reserves: Pat Noonan (New England Revolution) – Noonan is tied with Dempsey for the most points on the Revs with 5 goals and 3 assists for 13 points.
Alecko Eskandarian (DC United) – Eskandarian is 5th in scoring from the forward position in the East. His 6 goals lead D.C. United.
Freddy Adu (D.C. United) – The 15 year-old has just two goals and an assist in 17 appearances, mostly as a sub. The voting system worked well enough to not get Adu on the All-Star team, but of course Adu had to make it so he was put on the team as a commissioner’s pick.

Jeff Cunningham, third in goal scoring from the forward position in the east should be in over Adu.

Western Conference:
Sigi Schmid
(Los Angeles Galaxy): Schmid has led his team to the best record in MLS after a 2003 season that saw the Galaxy have their first losing record.

Pat Onstad
(San Jose Earthquakes)– Last year’s goalie of the year has the worst goals against average in the west at 1.57. His save percentage is the second worst of goalkeepers who have played more than ten games at 72.9%. Onstad is by no means having an All-Star season.

Reserve: Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy) – Hartman has an even worse save percentage at 70.8% and his goal against average is second worst in the West at 1.35.

Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids) and Tony Meola (Kansas City Wirzards) are putting up the best stats in goal in the league, yet were left off the roster. Meola has a spectacular 0.82 goals against average and 77.6 save percentage. Cannon has a 1.00 goals against average and the best save percentage in the league at 80.2.

Pablo Mastroeni
(Colorado Rapids) – Mastroeni played a vital role in helping Colorado have one of the best defensive records in the league at the midway point. Mastroeni missed his teams’ last game due to injury and without him his team allowed 3 goals, showing Mastroeni’s importance to his club.
Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn) – In his first season in MLS, Gibbs earned and deserved an All-Star selection. The young defender’s play has earned him several call-ups to the U.S. National Team.
Jeff Agoos (San Jose Earthquakes) – Having won more MLS Cups than any other player, Agoos is making his ninth consecutive All-Star appearance. The Earthquakes captain is a leader in defense, while also providing offense with his great free kicks.
Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy) – Having played mostly as a forward or midfielder through his first five seasons, Albright was tried as a right back with the U.S. National Team and now plays theere full time for the Galaxy. Albright has proven to be one of the best defenders in the league this season.
Reserves: Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards) – Conrad has become a leader in the Kansas City defense, which has allowed the least goals in the league.
Danny Califf (Los Angeles Galaxy) – The 24 year-old has only played in 7 of his teams 19 games this season and although he had a great season last year, probably doesn’t belong on the All-Star team.

Kansas City rookie Shavar Thomas deserves a spot over Califf.

Landon Donovan
(San Jose Earthquakes) – MLS always finds a way to put their poster boy on the team and this year proved no different. Despite playing mostly as a forward, Donovan was put on the roster as a midfielder, making his stats look much more impressive. Donovan is second on his team in scoring with 3 goals and 7 assists.
Andreas Herzog (Los Angeles Galaxy) – In his first season in MLS, the Austrian has proved to be one of the best playmakers in MLS. Herzog has played in all but one match for the Galaxy and has recorded 4 goals and 5 assists.
Ronnie O’Brien (Dallas Burn) – O’Brien hasn’t missed a single minute so far this season for the Burn and has recorded a goal and 6 assists. He has become known as one of the fastest players in MLS.
Richard Mulrooney (San Jose Earthquakes) – Making his second All-Star appearance, Mulrooney has recorded a goal and 7 assists so far this season. One of the longest tenured players on the Earthquakes, Mulrooney is starting to assume a leadership position.

Reserves: Kerry Zavagnin (Kansas City Wizards)– Zavagnin has proven to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the league. His great play has helped earn him call-ups to the US National Team.
Chris Klein (Kansas City Wizards) – Klein has registered 3 goals and 7 assists this season, while helping lead the Wizards to second place in the West.

Klein deserves a starting spot more than Donovan as his stats actually came as a midfielder

Brian Ching
(San Jose Earthquakes) – Ching is second in the league in goals with 9, to go along with two assists. The Hawaiian has proven to be a great target man as well as a good finisher and has earned call-ups to the U.S. National Team.
Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy) – The sometimes overly aggressive forward is the league’s leading scorer once again this year. Despite missing some time due to injury, Ruiz leads the league with 10 goals and 2 assists.

Reserves: Jovan Kirvoski (Los Angeles Galaxy) – Kirvoski made his return to the US this year and has tallied 6 goals and 1 assist for the Galaxy. Having a forward like Carlos Ruiz alongside to draw away defenders has certainly helped his stats.
Josh Wolff (Kansas City Wizards) – Wolff is second on the Wizards in scoring with 5 goals and 5 assists and is finally having a productive season after struggling with injuries the past couple of years.
Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn) – Injuries have hindered Kreis playing time the past few years, but his four goals this year were good enough to move him to first on the All-Time goal scoring charts and earn him a spot on the All-Star roster as a commissioner’s pick.

Davy Arnaud is first on the Wizards in scoring with 7 goals and 4 assists and should probably be in over Wolff.
July 18, 2004 Sean Donahue


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Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
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Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
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