Vote Your Rapids Players Into the 2009 All-Star Game!

COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) – Starting today Colorado Rapids fans can go online to select their favorite Rapids players they would like to see take on English Premier League club Everton FC in the 2009 MLS All-Star Game!
The 14th annual MLS midsummer showcase will bring together Major League Soccer’s best for a marquee matchup on July 29 2009 versus famed English Premier League club Everton FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah. The game will be televised in the U.S. on ESPN2 and Telefutura at 7:30pm MT.
Fans can vote for their favorite Rapids players to make the MLS All-Star First XI online by selecting one Rapids goalkeeper three Rapids defenders five Rapids midfielders and two Rapids forwards.
Fans can vote up to 10 times per day online by clicking here!
The online fan balloting program which concludes on Monday July 6 will comprise 25 percent of the total vote for the All-Star First XI with coaches and general managers players and media also each holding 25 percent of the vote.
This year’s All-Star team will take on the 2009 FA Cup Finalists and historic Premier League club Everton FC. The Toffees as they are known to their supporters are led by U.S. National Team star former MLS standout and one of the top goalkeepers in Europe Tim Howard. Rapids fans should be very familiar with Everton from when the Rapids brought them in for an exhibition match vs. Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park last year.
The team also boasts England National Team veteran Phillip Neville and a recent call-up to Fabio Capello’s England side Joleon Lescott. Among the club’s international stars are Tim Cahill (Australia) Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) Louis Saha (France) and Joseph Yobo and Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Nigeria). Everton FC are managed by Scotland-born David Moyes. Everton FC currently sit in sixth place in the English Premier League – one point behind fifth-place Aston Villa and seven points ahead of Fulham.
This year marks the sixth time that MLS All-Stars have taken on a high-profile international opponent in the MLS All-Star game. In 2003 the MLS All-Stars defeated Mexican club CD Guadalajara 3-1 in 2005 claimed a victory over English opponents Fulham 4-1 in 2006 beat English power Chelsea FC 1-0 in 2007 they defeated Scottish Premier League front-runners Celtic FC 2-0 and last year the MLS All-Stars defeated English Premier League side West Ham United 3-2 on goals from Chicago’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco then-Rapids midfielder Christian Gomez and Toronto FC’s Dwayne De Rosario. The format of the MLS All-Star game makes it arguably the most competitive all-star game in American professional sports.
The announcement schedule for the 2009 MLS All-Star Team is as follows. Dates are subject to change.
Wednesday May 6 – All-Star Game media credential registration began
Saturday May 9 – Public on-sale date for All-Star Game Tickets
Wednesday May 13 – Online fan voting begins
Tuesday June 9 – Media voting scheduled to begin
Sunday June 28 - All-Star Coach announced (decided by team with the most points per game as of June 28)
Monday July 6 – Online voting ends
Thursday July 16 – All-Star ‘First XI’ announced
Friday July 17 – Media Credential registration deadline
Monday July 20 – All-Star Reserves & Commissioner’s picks announced
Take time to vote for your Rapids players to make the 2009 MLS All-Star Team and send our boys to represent MLS against another of the world's most storied clubs!