UCLA alums Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran have both been selected to the 2013 MLS All-Star Team, as announced by Major League Soccer yesterday.
This is the first MLS All-Star selection for Beltran. The sixth-year right back, who set a career high in minutes played last year, is off to another good start in 2013, appearing in 16 games and logging an assist for Real Salt Lake.
Rimando, who is Real Salt Lake’s longest-tenured player, has been stellar in net this season, leading the league with 10 wins and placing tops among starting goalkeepers with a 0.82 goals against average and a 79 percent save percentage. The 34-year-old goalkeeper has also recoreded six shutouts and 52 saves on the year. This is the third time that Rimando has received All-Star recognition. He was previously named to the inactive roster for the 2011 game and made the gameday roster for the 2010 contest.
Both players are currently competing for the U.S. National Team in the 2013 Gold Cup, helping the team to a 2-0 start in group play. The U.S. has already clinched a spot in the Quarterfinals and will play Costa Rica tonight with first place in Group C on the line. Rimando has started both games in goal for the Americans while Beltran started and played all 90 minutes in the U.S.'s 4-1 win over Cuba on Saturday. Saturday's match was Beltran's first full cap with the national team and his second cap overall.
UCLA has placed at least one all-star on the MLS roster in 17 of the 18 MLS All-Star Games. The MLS All-Stars will take on Serie A side AS Roma in the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kans. at 6 pm PT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeepers: Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)