The 2021 MLS All-Star Game is coming to Los Angeles in just over a month, and on Wednesday the league revealed a revamped process to select MLS all-stars this year, which of course includes a vote from the fans.
After skipping the 2020 MLS All-Star Game because of the coronavirus pandemic, this season the MLS All-Stars will be picked from three specific methods:
- 12 All-stars will be picked from the combined fan, player and media vote. Each of those three groups will get 1⁄3 of the weighted amount in selecting this group
- MLS All-Star team head coach Bob Bradley, who you probably know as the head coach of LAFC, will pick another 12 all-stars
- MLS Commissioner Don Garber will select two all-stars
Basically, the big change is in the first group, with the 12 All-Stars selected by the fan/player/media vote. In the past, fans had free reign to pick the starting lineup, and the result was uh, let’s just say a popularity contest.
Additionally, one big change this year is the league is using more specific positions to try and get a better overall team in the fan/player/media vote. The positions you can select players from are: goalkeeper, right back, center back, left back, defensive midfielder, attacking midfielder, and forward/winger. This will also help address the fact that All-Star Teams (as well as MLS Best XI) usually is mostly or all center backs, for example.
So, if you want to see your favorite players in the MLS All-Star Game at Banc of California Stadium on Aug. 25, vote now. Fan voting will remain open through July 21.
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