New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been named to the MLS All-Star Game.
The roster was selected by San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
He has two goals and 10 assists through 19 games this season.
The MLS All-Stars take on Arsenal on July 28 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The match will be broadcast on ESPN and UniMas.
Kljestan has been a revelation for the Red Bulls over the past two seasons and has earned his spot in the All-Star Game. He has two goals and 10 assists this year, and is one of the league's best attacking midfielders. Kljestan's acquisition was met with some skepticism when he signed, but he's proven to be a perfect fit for the Red Bulls' high-pressure defense, and he has established solid chemistry with the other attackers.
There are still some snubs, as it can be argued that Luis Robles and Mike Grella should be included on the All-Star team. However, it is a 26-man roster in a 20-team league, and every player who deserves recognition isn't going to receive it. If the MLS had an East vs. West game like it has in the past, then there would be more spots available.
The All-Star Game is ultimately meaningless. It's another high-profile friendly that puts MLS on national TV and fills a stadium with fans of a foreign club. If the All-Stars win, the league gains no respect because they defeated a team in its preseason. If the All-Stars lose, then the result becomes a referendum on soccer's inability to catch on in America, with every avowed anti-soccer columnist and pundit weighing in.
At best, this match is a much needed break in the summer schedule, recognition for Kljestan's standout performance, and an opportunity for Red Bulls players to add a goal or assist to the highlight reel.