Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) June 18, 2015
Vancouver Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston’s hopes of making the MLS All-Star team to face Tottenham Hotspur next month received a timely boost on Thursday courtesy of none other than Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The 27-year-old Costa Rican, whose head coach is Ramsey’s former Wales teammate Carl Robinson, joined the Whitecaps from childhood club Saprissa in August and has since established himself as one of the league’s most dominant centre-backs.
After scoring the goal which sealed their spot in the post-season last term, the 6ft 5in stopper has made an outstanding start to his first full campaign with the Canadian outfit, who sit second in the Western Conference on 26 points after 16 games.
Having been an ever-present in Vancouver's line-up, he has put up some outstanding statistics so far, recording the most clearances in the league, the joint-fourth most blocks, the sixth-most interceptions and winning the second most headers.
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Only the LA Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez truly comes close to matching his numbers and yet, with just two weeks to go before voting for the 2015 MLS All-Star Fan XI closes, the two-time capped international is not even among the top eight defenders on the ballot.
Ramsey clearly sees that has a grave injustice, having now taken to Twitter to label Waston “the best centre-back in MLS”, while urging his followers to send him to the annual showpiece match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado, on 29 July.
With the All-Star’s opponents for the clash also announced as Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham back in April, the Welshman could take some delight from seeing Vancouver’s star man frustrate the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the night with his physical presence at the back.