Fan voting launches for 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target
MLS All-Stars to take on reigning Italian champions Juventus in Atlanta on Aug. 1
Philadelphia Union fans can begin voting for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target through the free MLS app and the EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge. The eight players eligible for the All-Star Game include Andre Blake, Auston Trusty, Keegan Rosenberry, Haris Medunjanin, Borek Dockal, Alejandro Bedoya, David Accam and CJ Sapong. The Fan XI online ballot on MLSsoccer.com will run until June 20.
To create the fan ballot, media members nominated a total of 184 players – eight from each MLS team. Ten players – one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards – with the highest combined votes will be named to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target.
EA SPORTS "More Than a Vote" challenge:
One goal equals one vote.
Cast your vote for the MLS All-Stars' third forward by scoring goals in EA SPORTS FIFA 17 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One or Xbox 360. Every time you score a goal using a forward on the MLS All-Star ballot that player will receive a vote. Each goal scored equals one vote. (Voting ends June 20 at 11:55 PM PT.)
The 11th player – a forward – will be determined by the EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge. Starting today, Union fans have the opportunity to vote CJ Sapong into the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target by scoring goals as Sapong in EA SPORTS FIFA 18 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system through June 20. The forward with the most votes – one goal equals one vote – on June 20 will occupy the final forward spot on the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target.
A total of 24 MLS players will be named All-Stars per the collective bargaining agreement. Media, fans, players, the All-Star coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino of Atlanta United, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contribute in the All-Star selection process.
The 24 players named 2018 MLS All-Stars will be selected in three phases:
- Ballot creation: Media members determined the field of players – eight players per team – who are most deserving of consideration for this year’s MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Those players are eligible for fan voting.
- Fan voting: From May 24 through June 20, fans will select the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target. Fans can vote via the free MLS app starting on May 24 and on MLSsoccer.com beginning June 8.
- Via the EA SPORTS “More than a Vote” Challenge: Starting on May 24, fans will score as many goals as possible with their favorite MLS All-Star forward candidate in FIFA 18, with one goal equaling one vote. The forward with the most votes will occupy one of the forward spots on the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target.
- Team selection: The MLS All-Star head coach will select the gameday roster from the pool of eligible players determined by the media as well as the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target and MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s two selections.
The MLS All-Stars are set to take on seven-time defending Italian champions Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on August 1 in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. The summer showcase will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, UniMás, TSN and TVA Sports domestically as well as across 170 countries globally.
In addition to the match, MLS will host nearly a week of events surrounding the game, including concerts, community service initiatives, player appearances, as well as an additional showcase match featuring the best young players from across the league. For more information about MLS All-Star Week, please CLICK HERE.