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Today the MLS announced that D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was selected to the All-Star First XI by fans who voted through text messages, online votes at MLSsoccer.com, and Twitter.
Under the direction of his own D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, De Rosario will join the other MLS All-
Stars as they face off against Chelsea FC at 8:30 p.m. on July 25th. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2, TeleFutura, and in Canada on TSN and RDS.
This selection marks the seventh time De Rosario has been named to an MLS All-Star squad, adding to an extremely impressive list of accomplishments for one of the most decorated players in MLS history. Along with seven MLS All-Star selections, De Rosario boasts four MLS Cups, two MLS Cup MVP awards, and an MLS MVP award.
Its a huge honor to represent this League, represent D.C. United and represent myself, said Dwayne De Rosario. Its a tribute to those guys in the locker room here at D.C. United, the coaching staff, and the whole D.C. United family. Im going to enjoy myself, enjoy playing with some of the guys I admire in this League, and its nice to know Ben Olsen is going to be our coach.
De Rosario is the only United player to play in and start all of the Black-and-Reds 18 games this season with an impressive 1566 minutes played. He currently leads the entire MLS in assists with ten, and he has found the back of the net five times. After an impressive month of May, where he won Player of the Week (514-521) and Player of the Month, De Rosario is just two goals away from reaching 100 career MLS goals.
The All-Star First XI ballot consisted of six players from each club, as chosen by a panel of media members. The selections in their entirety are as follows:
2012 MLS All-Star First XI As voted by fans
Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurlien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)
Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)