Caleb Porter has announced the 23-man match-day roster that will face Bayern Munich in next month's Major League Soccer All-Star game.
The Portland Timbers manager will be in the dugout at Providence Park when the world champions come to town on August 6, and it is he who has made the final decision on which players will or won't get the chance to face stars such as Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Eight members of the United States' World Cup squad are included, with DeAndre Yedlin promoted from the previously released Homegrown group. Landon Donovan will also feature - this a record 14th selection for the LA Galaxy forward.
Of the 38 Designated Players currently plying their trade in the MLS, 14 have been chosen - among them the latest pair, Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
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Porter has ensured that the Pacific Northwest will be well represented, despite ignoring Vancouver Whitecaps FC completely.
From his own Timbers side, the 39-year-old has picked captain Will Johnson and creative midfielder Diego Valeri, while rivals Seattle Sounders FC will have five of their men in attendance - more than any other club.
Right-sided sensation Yedlin is joined by the Stars and Stripes' captain Clint Dempsey, along with Obafemi Martins, Osvaldo Alonso and Chad Marshall.
The position in which the toughest ruling had to be made was in attack. With a wealth of outstanding front men in the division, some were never going to make the cut - a fact acknowledged by the man in charge.
Though Porter has managed to work seven forwards into the squad - more than he has defenders - only Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane have been retained from last year. Dom Dwyer is perhaps the most notable absentee, having fired 14 goals this season.
Instead, Jermain Defoe, Erick Torres and MLS top-scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips have been given the chance to lead the line.
The full roster for the Bayern game:
Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Bill Hamid (DC United), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
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