Fan voting begins for 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game: Eight Whitecaps FC players nominated

MAJOR League Soccer today launched fan voting for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game

Media members nominated a total of 152 players to the fan ballot, including eight Vancouver Whitecaps FC players: goalkeeper David Ousted, right back Steven Beitashour, centre backs Jay DeMerit and Andy O’Brien, defensive midfielderMatías Laba, attacking midfielder Pedro Morales, midfielder/striker Kekuta Manneh, and striker Darren Mattocks.

Fans may vote online HERE through July 11 at 12 p.m. PT and via Twitter from July 2-6. Eleven players – one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards – with the highest combined votes will be named to the All-Star Fan XI.

The 11th player – a forward – will be determined by the AT&T/EA SPORTS™ “More than a Vote” Challenge. Fans have the opportunity to vote one forward into the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on the Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The forward with the most votes – one goal equals one vote – on July 11 will occupy the final forward spot on the All-Star Fan XI.

All-Star head coach Caleb Porter of Portland Timbers will choose the game day roster and the starting lineup against Bayern Munich on August 6. The first marquee MLS event to be held at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, will be broadcast live in Canada on TSN and RDS, starting at 6:30 p.m. PT.

A total of 32 All-Stars are named each year, per the collective bargaining agreement. Media, fans, players, the All-Star coach and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contribute in the All-Star selection process.

The 32 players named 2014 AT&T MLS All-Stars will be selected in four phases:

1)     Ballot creation: Media members determined the field of players – eight players per team – who are most deserving of consideration for this year’s AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Those players are eligible for fan voting.

2)     Fan voting: From May 28 through July 11, fans will select the “Fan XI” All-Stars. Fans can vote via any of three platforms:

a.     At vote for your starting lineup of 11 players, beginning May 28

b.    Via Twitter: from July 2 at 6 a.m. PT until July 6 at 8:59 p.m. PT; full details of Twitter voting will be released on in the near future

c.     Via the AT&T / EA SPORTS “More than a Vote” Challenge: fans will score as many goals as possible with their favorite MLS All-Star forward candidate in FIFA 14, with one goal equaling one vote. The forward with the most votes will occupy one of the forward spots on the All-Star Fan XI.

3)     Team selection: The MLS All-Star head coach will select the game day roster from the pool of eligible players, consisting of the Fan XI, MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s two selections and players who received votes from at least two players.

The Commissioner selections and game day roster will be announced on July 19 or 21.

4)     Player selections: MLS players will determine the remainder of the 32 All-Stars named annually per the CBA (known as the “inactive roster”).

The final list of 32 All-Stars (4 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 13 midfielders and 7 forwards) will be announced on on August 6.

2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Voting Timeline

May 28: Fan voting begins

July 2-6: Fan voting – Twitter Window

July 11: Fan voting closes

July 16: Fan XI unveiled

July 19 or 21: Game day roster and Commissioner’s picks announced

Aug. 6: MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich at Providence Park at 6:30 p.m. PT (TSN, RDS)