Atlanta United announced today that Ezequiel Barco, Pity Martinez, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and Brad Guzan were voted into the MLS All-Star Game by fans. The game will be played July 31 against Atletico Madrid at Orlando City Stadium.
This is the first All-Star selection for Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (overdue) and Pity Martinez. Barco and Guzan are receiving the honor for the second consecutive season.
As always, pray for no injuries. The All Star Game will be played off the back of Atlanta United’s 9th match in a span of 31 days, and the team’s last game prior to the ASG will be on the west coast against LAFC on July 26. Atlanta United plays the LA Galaxy at home just three days after the annual showcase event. Fortunately, the host site is close to Atlanta, mitigating at least some of the travel.
A notable player that wasn’t voted in was the league reigning MVP and Golden Boot winner, Josef Martinez. It’ll be interesting to see if ASG MLS Head Coach James O’Connor selects Martinez, or any other Atlanta United player, given the optics of the situation.
The 2019 MLS All-Star gameday roster, consisting of 24 players, will be announced at a later date and will include the 2019 MLS All-Star Fan XI presented by Target, two Commissioner’s Picks, and 11 players selected by the All-Star Head Coach. The coach will select the starting 11 from the 24-man MLS All-Star roster.