Jack McInerney will be an
All-Star after all.
|(Times staff / ERIC HARTLINE)|
The Union striker earned a
place on the gameday roster for Major League Soccer’s summer showcase match,
being selected Sunday by All-Star Game manager Peter Vermes to replace New York
midfielder Tim Cahill.
The MLS Stars will face AS
Roma Wednesday night at 9 p.m. at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
For McInerney, the
All-Star nod must feel like sweet vindication. The 20-year-old forward, who
ranks fourth in the league with 10 goals in 19 matches, was passed over for the
All-Star Game during the initial fan vote procedure, then by MLS commissioner Don
Garber, who gets to add a few players of his own choosing to the roster.
McInerney had played off
his omission coolly in the last couple days, upon returning to the Union from
the first United States national team call-up of his career, though the
fourth-year pro had to feel at least slightly jilted. When he got the call to
join the American squad in Gold Cup pool play, he was MLS’ Golden Boot leader.
When he returned, he had slid in the league’s scoring leaders list and been
overlooked for an All-Star spot.
The All-Star selection is
the first for McInerney, who was drafted seventh overall by the Union in 2010. The
news must have made for a pretty epic Sunday for McInerney. Though he had been
released from the U.S. team’s Gold Cup roster for the knockout stages,
McInerney was in Chicago for the American team’s win in the Gold Cup final, and
was tweeting pictures of himself from the locker room holding the championship
trophy only minutes after his All-Star Game nod had become official.
Vermes’ selection of
McInerney gives the Union at least one All-Star Game representative in each of
the club’s four seasons of existence. Sebastien Le Toux played in the 2010
match, Faryd Mondragon got on the pitch in 2011, and Michael Farfan and Carlos
Valdes both subbed on in the 2012 exhibition, which was played at the Union’s
Labels: A.S. Roma, Carlos Valdes, Faryd Mondragon, Jack McInerney, Michael Farfan, MLS All-Star Game, Peter Vermes, Sebastien Le Toux, Tim Cahill