Football: Defoe, Cahill, Keane among MLS All-Stars

NEW YORK – English standouts Jermain Defoe and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Australian Tim Cahill and Ireland’s Robbie Keane were among those named Saturday to the Major League Soccer All-Stars who will play Bayern Munich.

The US league announced a 23-player roster that will be drawn upon when the elite MLS lineup faces the reigning Bundesliga champions and 2013 European Champions League winners on August 6 at Portland, Oregon.

Wright-Phillips, a striker for the New York Red Bulls, leads MLS with 16 goals in 18 matches while Defoe has 11 goals for Toronto in his first MLS season after leaving Tottenham.

Cahill, a Red Bulls midfielder, netted two World Cup goals last month for the Socceroos while Keane, the Irish captain and all-time scoring leader with 53 goals, has 43 goals in three MLS seasons for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

France boasts two MLS all-Stars in Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry and 2012 MLS Defender of the Year Aurelien Collin for reigning MLS champion Sporting Kansas City.

Other internationals on the roster included Cuban midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins of Seattle, Canadian midfielder Will Johnson and Argentine midfielder Diego Valeri of Portland and Mexican forward Erick Torres of Chivas USA.

Clint Dempsey of Seattle and Landon Donovan of the Galaxy lead the Americans in the MLS lineup, which also includes US World Cup midfielder Michael Bradley of Toronto, Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin, Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman.