Brek Shea named to First XI for MLS All-Star Game

Major League Soccer has announced the 2011 MLS All-Star Game against Manchester United and FC Dallas' Break Shea has been named a starter for his outstanding play this year.

Shea has lifted his game since the loss of David Ferreria and is a big reason why FCD sits so high up the table. Here's the blurb on Shea MLS sent out with the announcement.

Brek Shea Midfielder FC Dallas Nationality: USA Born: February 28, 1990

The young FC Dallas winger has always been noted for his speed and versatility, but he is arriving as a goal-scorer in a big way this season, as he currently sits tied for second in the standings for the Budweiser Golden Boot with eight goals, and ranks first in the league for game-winning goals (4). Shea has also led an explosive FC Dallas offense to 26 goals, first in the Western Conference as of July 6. Shea did not play college soccer and instead turned professional straight out of high school, and was the second overall selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. While playing at the U.S. residency program in Bradenton, Florida, Shea played extensively for the United States U-17 team. He later moved to the U-20 national team, whom he has represented at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Shea received his first appearance with the full U.S. Men’s National Team on Oct 12, 2010 when he played the first half of a 0-0 draw with Colombia. He was the first player born in the 1990s to make an appearance for the full U.S. National Team. This is Shea’s first MLS All-Star Team selection.

On Wednesday, July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the MLS All-Stars will face the defending English Premier League champions Manchester United in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game (live on ESPN2, Galavision, and TSN at 8:30 p.m. ET).

The First XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on three platforms – online at MLSsoccer.com, via text message, and via Twitter. The online and text voting ballot consisted of six players from each club, as chosen by a panel of media members.

A 4-3-3 formation was selected for this year’s First XI because the third-ranked forward received more than twice as many votes as the fourth-place midfielder.

2011 MLS All-Star First XI

Goalkeeper: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounder FC)

Defenders: Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).

Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Fan participation in All-Star voting increased by 53% this year compared to 2010.

The First XI is not necessarily the starting lineup. MLS All-Star coach Hans Backe will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations. If First XI selections are unavailable due to injury, international duty or other commitments, Backe will select alternates for the game day roster, but all First XI players are All-Stars.

Two selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be announced July 16. The complete game day roster will be announced on Monday, July 18.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the game day roster, the remaining players receiving the All-Star honor will come from voting among MLS players and be announced July 25.