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Dom Dwyer was unlucky to miss out on MLS All-Star place (1)

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The match-day squad is in for the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star match, and it is packed with talent.

After a lengthy process of media shortlists, fan votes and executive picks, the league's roster of hundreds of players has been narrowed down to a final 23.

This group, coached by the Portland Timbers' Caleb Porter, will now face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at Providence Park on August 6.

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High-profile omissions

Despite the extensive measures taken every year to ensure that the cream of the crop are selected though, some top performers always slip through the net.

In 2013, Donovan Ricketts, Jose Goncalves and Diego Valeri all failed to make the cut before being elected to the end-of-season MLS Best XI. 

Two years previously, eventual MVP award winner Dwayne de Rosario was chosen only as an inactive roster member for the clash with Manchester United.

As evidenced in this list, the sheer number of attacking stars in the division makes it always likely that there are going to be high-profile casualties - something which Porter sought to clarify prior to the announcement.

Porter defence

"There are a lot of players that are having really good seasons, especially attacking players, and it’s going to be impossible to get everybody on there that should be on there. There are going to be some guys not on there that are deserving."

The 39-year-old then joked: "If you were to reward everybody who earned it, you would be playing probably five strikers and be playing like a 2-2-6. That’s where it becomes a challenge because the irony of it is playing Bayern you probably need to play eight defenders to have a chance."

Some snubbed aces will take little comfort from these words, however, regardless of the tight constraints. They will now look to use this disappointment to prove the Timbers boss wrong in the coming months.

Here, we've selected five players whose non-selections have baffled supporters and pundits alike...

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