Fan Voting for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target is now available through the free MLS app and the EA SPORTS™“More Than a Vote” Challenge. Fans can continue to vote their favorite players to the Fan XI via the online ballot on MLSsoccer.com starting on June 8 at 10 a.m. ET. Fan voting will run until June 20. Eight Atlanta United players are on this year’s ballot: goalkeeper Brad Guzan; defenders Michael Parkhurst and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez; midfielders Miguel Almirón, Ezequiel Barco, Julian Gressel and Darlington Nagbe; and forward Josef Martinez. The MLS All-Stars will be coached by Tata Martino.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on August 1, as the MLS All-Stars take on seven-time defending Italian champions Juventus. 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.
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.
The 11th player – a forward – will be determined by the EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge. Starting today, fans have the opportunity to vote one forward into the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target by scoring goals with their favorite MLS All-Star forward candidate 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.