Picking the MLS All-Star line-up that could face Tottenham this summer

Robbie Keane

With Spurs named as the MLS All-Star Game opponents for the annual showpiece at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Colorado, on July 29, here's the starting XI that could be facing them.

GK – Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): The veteran stopper will have some tough competition from US teammate Bill Hamid but remains the better bet to get the nod at this stage.

RB – Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): Right-back is one of the league’s weaker positions and, with 2014 starter DeAndre Yedlin now with the opposition, there’s no clear front-runner for the role.

Parkhurst has been starting at centre-back for the Crew since returning to MLS last season but can fill in at full-back in a pinch and, given both his form and reputation, should be in the squad.

CB – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy): Gonzalez has been one of the league’s best defenders since his rookie campaign, helping LA win three MLS Cups in the past four seasons, and should be a shoe-in for a start if fit and available.

CB – Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): Besler’s form has taken noticeable dip since returning from the 2014 World Cup but he still remains the best bet to start alongside his US centre-back partner.

The likes of Liam Ridgewell, Jamison Olave and Kendall Waston could push him for a place, though.

LB – Brek Shea (Orlando City): The Galaxy’s resurgent Robbie Rogers should be in the conversation but Shea has impressed since making the switch to the backline this winter, even getting back into starting picture with the US national team.

DM – Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): A six-time MLS All-Star, Beckerman is set to turn 33 this month but he is still the league’s best holding midfielder and edges out both Osvaldo Alonso and Matias Laba.

MRC – Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): Unless ruled out, it would be a huge shock if the USA’s stand-in skipper wasn’t in the starting XI for the meeting with Tottenham.

MLC – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): The league’s plethora of attacking talent means the former Spurs forward has to face his old club in a deeper role, where he first made a name for himself during his previous MLS spell with the New England Revolution.

AM – Kaka (Orlando City): If the All-Stars want to have a chance of beating their Premier League opponents then it’s hard to imagine them leaving out the Brazilian superstar.

ST – David Villa (New York City FC): Another star arrival for 2015, the former Barcelona forward is just 13 month removed from winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid and has started his NYCFC career in impressive fashion, grabbing two goals in four games.

ST – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy): The league’s reigning MVP, Keane has been the league’s most consistent striker since arriving in LA from Tottenham in August 2011, scoring 55 goals in 88 regular-season games , and will no doubt be eager to face his former team.

Wildcards – Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Frank Lampard (New York City FC): Both will have spent less than a month in the States come the All-Star match but it’s obvious that the league will somehow get them involved.

Other prime contenders: Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco (both Toronto FC), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps), Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire), Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones (both New England Revolution), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

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