Crew defender Michael Parkhurst started for the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night in Portland against FC Bayern Munich, playing the first 45 minutes for the League at leftback.
The Crew captain, wearing number 23, went toe-to-toe with FC Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski on numerous occasions.
It was the Black & Gold's first All-Star appearance since 2010, when Chad Marshall and Guillermo Barros Schelotto played in the match.
MLS won the match by a 2-1 final courtesy of second-half goals by the New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips and LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
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Below are the top vote getters so far in All-Star voting. The guys need your help! Get your text fingers ready and #VoteCrew.
You can vote online at MLSSoccer.com or by texting each player's last name to 22442. Voting is open until July 2nd with the 10 players receiving the highest number of votes to be named to the All-Star Fan XI.
The tally for voting up to this point is below, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
1. Luis Robles (NY)
2. Jimmy Nielsen (SKC)
3. Raul Fernandez (DAL)
4. Troy Perkins (MTL)
5. Nick Rimando (RSL)
1. Matt Besler (SKC)
2. Omar Gonzalez (LA)
3. Aurelien Collin (SKC)
4. Matteo Ferrari (MTL)
5. Jamison Olave (NY)
6. DeAndre Yedlin (SEA)
7. Michael Harrington (POR)
1. Graham Zusi (SKC)
2. Mike Magee (CHI)
3. Kyle Beckerman (RSL)
4. Will Johnson (POR)
5. Tim Cahill (NY)
6. Patrice Bernier (MTL)
7. Justin Mapp (MTL)
1. Chris Wondolowski (SJ)
2. Thierry Henry (NY)
3. Robbie Keane (LA)
4. Landon Donovan (LA)
5. Marco DiVaio (MTL)
6. Jack McInerney (PHI)
7. Eddie Johnson (SEA)
Major League Soccer announced its inactive All-Stars on Wednesday afternoon, with one obvious snub: Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum. Gruenebaum should have been at least a reserve--if not a starter-- in tonight's MLS All-Star game in Philadelphia. To not even include the Hebrew Hammer on the inactive list is just downright mindboggling.
Here's how Gruenebaum stacks up against the four goalkeepers selected to the All-Star team:
The numbers speak for themselves.
Crew fans get ready to "Put out the Fire" not only on the pitch but also on Twitter! Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #VoteCrew to help spread the word and get out and vote for the Black & Gold for MLS All-Star on July 25th in Philadelphia. The Chicago Fire will be using the hashtag #VoteFire during the same time and just before kickoff on Saturday, June 23rd we will calculate the results between the two teams to see who is the winner.
To vote for your favorite players log onto MLSsoccer.com/allstar or text the player’s last name only to 22442.
Twitter Voting for the First XI players to be named MLS All-Stars will run from 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 21 through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, June 22.
The terms for Twitter voting are as follows:
- An eligible vote consists of #MLSAllStar and the player's full name (first and last required), with or without a space.
- A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet.
- All users must follow @MLS for their votes to be eligible.
The tweet doesn't actually count as a vote, but the hope is that other fans will be encouraged to participate and vote.
Use the button below to tweet your support!
The MLS Digital staff has sung the praises of Crew 'keeper Andy Gruenebaum and defender Sebastián Miranda in their MLS All-Star campaigns, check out the opinions of Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle and MLSSoccer.com Editor Greg Lalas in the videos below.