2009 MLS All-Star Game

2009 MLS All-Star Game
Event Major League Soccer All-Star Game
Everton won 4–3 on penalties
Date July 29, 2009
Venue Rio Tinto Stadium
Sandy, Utah
Man of the Match Tim Howard (Everton)
Referee Ricardo Salazar
Attendance 20,124

The 2009 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 14th consecutive MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars faced Everton of the Premier League on July 29, 2009.[1] The match ended in a 1–1 draw at full-time and went to an immediate penalty shootout, which Everton won 4–3. Everton's American goalkeeper Tim Howard, who saved three kicks in the shootout, was named MVP of the match. This was the first win for an international club team in six tries against the MLS All-Stars.[2]


Major League Soccer announced on July 9, 2008 that Rio Tinto Stadium, the League's newest soccer-specific venue, would host the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in the summer of 2009. MLS President Mark Abbott joined Real Salt Lake Owner David W. Checketts, Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan at a press conference at the new Stadium to officially announce the event. This was the first MLS All-Star Game held in Utah.

We are excited to bring the 2009 MLS All-Star Game to Utah and Major League Soccer's newest world-class venue. Real Salt Lake has a history of hosting first-rate soccer events, and we certainly expect Dave Checketts and his staff to continue this tradition with the All-Star Game. It is a testament to the growth of the League that we are able to host this wonderful event in a soccer-specific stadium for the seventh consecutive year.
Mark Abbott, [3]

MLS All-Stars voting

Like the previous year, the MLS All-Star First XI was determined by an online fan voting system which accounted for 25% of the total vote, with players, coaches and general managers, and the media each holding 25% of the vote. The fan voting period opened May 13, 2009 and ended July 6, 2009.[4] Two weeks into the fan voting period, Seattle Sounders FC players made up nine of the 11 top vote-getters, with Kasey Keller as the overall leader in total votes.[5]

After the end of the voting period, Freddie Ljungberg received the most fan votes. The fan's first XI included Kasey Keller(Seattle), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Wilman Conde (Chicago), Geoff Cameron (Houston), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto), Conor Casey (Colorado), and Landon Donovan (Los Angeles).[6] The additional seven players were chosen by head coach Dominic Kinnear of Houston and the Commissioner Don Garber.

2009 MLS All-Star Game Rosters

Major League Soccer

The 2009 MLS All-Star First XI was announced in a special episode of MLSnet.com Extra Time, which aired 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 13, 2009. On the following Monday, July 20, 2009, All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear and his assistants chose five additional players, with MLS Commissioner Don Garber adding the two final players to the 18-man roster.[7] The All-Stars are:

As of July 26, 2009. Players in bold denotes First XI status.[8] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Zach Thornton ^
2 Colombia DF Wilman Conde
4 Mali DF Bakary Soumare &
5 United States MF Kyle Beckerman
7 Canada MF Will Johnson %
8 Sweden MF Freddie Ljungberg
9 United States FW Conor Casey
10 United States FW Landon Donovan
11 United States MF Brad Davis
14 United States DF Chad Marshall
15 United States MF Davy Arnaud
17 Colombia FW Fredy Montero
No. Position Player
18 United States GK Kasey Keller
20 United States DF Geoff Cameron
22 United States MF Stuart Holden
34 Colombia DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
70 Mexico MF Cuauhtémoc Blanco
77 Argentina MF Javier Morales
80 Canada GK Pat Onstad ♣^
88 Grenada MF Shalrie Joseph %
90 Canada MF Dwayne De Rosario
97 Argentina MF Guillermo Barros Schelotto
99 United States FW Brian Ching ♣&

† - De Rosario was not available for the 2009 MLS All-Star game due to a Toronto FC CONCACAF Champions League game.

‡ - Blanco was chosen to take the place of De Rosario, being the next-highest vote getter in the midfield position.

♦ - "Commissioner's Picks", chosen by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.[8]

♣ - Players selected by All-Star Coach Dominic Kinnear.[9]

% - Johnson is an injury replacement for Joseph who suffered a bone bruise in his right knee.[10]

& - Soumare was a replacement for Ching, who was rested after he competed in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the US national team.[10]

^ - Zach Thornton replaced Pat Onstad due to injury.[11]

The following players fell short of the MLS All-Star First XI in voting:[7]

  • Goalkeepers:
    • Pat Onstad - 2.09% Fan votes, 3.11% Player votes, 2.53% Media votes, 6.36% Coach/GM votes
  • Defenders:
    • Jhon Kennedy Hurtado - 5.42% Fan votes, 2.87% Player votes, 5.70% Media votes, 4.55% Coach/GM votes
    • Jonathan Bornstein - 1.80% Fan votes, 3.71% Player votes, 5.70% Media votes, 7.27% Coach/GM votes
  • Midfielders:
    • Cuauhtémoc Blanco - 3.93% Fan votes, 2.75% Player votes, 11.08% Media votes, 4.09% Coach/GM votes
    • Ricardo Clark - 2.03% Fan votes, 5.86% Player votes, 4.75% Media votes, 8.18% Coach/GM votes
    • Osvaldo Alonso - 5.34% Fan votes, 2.39% Player votes, 7.28% Media votes, 3.18% Coach/GM votes
    • Paulo Nagamura - 1.02% Fan votes, 4.67% Player votes, 2.85% Media votes, 9.55% Coach/GM votes
  • Forwards:
    • Fredy Montero - 6.39% Fan votes, 6.22% Player votes, 12.98% Media votes, 5.46% Coach/GM votes
    • Brian McBride - 3.40% Fan votes, 8.49% Player votes, 3.48% Media votes, 6.82% Coach/GM votes


As of 12 July 2009.[12]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Carlo Nash
2 England DF Tony Hibbert
3 England DF Leighton Baines
4 Nigeria DF Joseph Yobo
5 England DF Joleon Lescott
6 England DF Phil Jagielka
9 France FW Louis Saha
10 Spain MF Mikel Arteta
11 Brazil FW (on loan from Manchester City)
12 Scotland GK Iain Turner
14 England FW James Vaughan
17 Australia MF Tim Cahill
18 England MF Phil Neville (captain)
20 South Africa MF Steven Pienaar
No. Position Player
21 England MF Leon Osman
22 Nigeria FW Yakubu Aiyegbeni
24 United States GK Tim Howard
25 Belgium MF Marouane Fellaini
26 England MF Jack Rodwell
27 Poland FW Lukas Jutkiewicz
28 Nigeria FW Victor Anichebe
30 England GK John Ruddy
31 Republic of Ireland DF Séamus Coleman
32 England MF Dan Gosling
35 England FW Kieran Agard [13]
37 England FW Jose Baxter
38 England MF James Wallace
Germany DF Shkodran Mustafi

Match details

29 July 2009
21:25 EDT
MLS All-Stars United StatesCanada 11 England Everton
Davis  26' Report Saha  12'
3 4 Vaughan

MLS All-Stars
MLS All-Stars:
GK 18 United States Kasey Keller  46'  62'
DF 20 United States Geoff Cameron
DF 14 United States Chad Marshall  46'
DF 2Colombia Wilman Conde  63'
MF 22 United States Stuart Holden  63'
MF 5 United States Kyle Beckerman  46'
MF 8Sweden Freddie Ljungberg (c)
MF 11United States Brad Davis
FW 17 Colombia Fredy Montero  46'
FW 9United States Conor Casey
FW 70 Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco  63'
GK 1United States Zach Thornton  46'  62'
DF 4Mali Bakary Soumare  46'
DF 34Colombia Jhon Kennedy Hurtado  63'
MF 7Canada Will Johnson  46'
MF 15United States Davy Arnaud  63'
MF 77 Argentina Javier Morales  63'
FW 10United States Landon Donovan  46'
United States Dominic Kinnear
GK 24 United States Tim Howard
DF 3 England Leighton Baines
DF 2 England Tony Hibbert
DF 5England Joleon Lescott
DF 4Nigeria Joseph Yobo
MF 17Australia Tim Cahill  76'
MF 26 England Jack Rodwell  78'
MF 25 Belgium Marouane Fellaini  56'
MF 18England Phil Neville (c)
MF 21 England Leon Osman  76'
FW 9France Louis Saha  76'
GK 1England Carlo Nash
MF 38 England James Wallace  76'
FW 14England James Vaughan  76'
FW 11Brazil  56'
FW 22Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni
FW 37England Jose Baxter  76'
Scotland David Moyes

Man of the Match:
United States Tim Howard

Assistant referees:
Canada Joe Fletcher
Canada Philippe Briere
Fourth official:
United States Terry Vaughn


MLS Everton
Goals scored 1 1
Total shots 21 6
Shots on target 8 3
Total Saves 2 7
Fouls 17 17
Offsides 2 1
Corner kicks 5 2
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0


  • The 2009 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the first to be played in the state of Utah.
  • For the first time, AT&T was the official sponsor of the All-Star Game.
  • This was the sixth time that the league’s best players faced international competition in the MLS All-Star Game.
  • The game was broadcast in the US on ESPN2 in English and TeleFutura in Spanish.[4]
  • This was the first All-Star match to be decided via penalty kicks.[2]
  • This was the first time the MLS All-Stars were defeated by an international opponent[2]
  • Early the next year, Landon Donovan would join Everton on a loan deal, and then again in early 2012.


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  3. Major League Soccer: News: Article Archived July 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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  13. Kieran Agard is also eligible for Jamaica.
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