2009 MLS All-Star Game
|Event||Major League Soccer All-Star Game|
|Everton won 4–3 on penalties|
|Date||July 29, 2009|
|Venue||Rio Tinto Stadium
|Man of the Match||Tim Howard (Everton)|
The 2009 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 14th consecutive MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars faced Everton of the Premier League on July 29, 2009. The match ended in a 1–1 draw at full-time and went to an immediate penalty shootout, which Everton won 4–3. Everton's American goalkeeper Tim Howard, who saved three kicks in the shootout, was named MVP of the match. This was the first win for an international club team in six tries against the MLS All-Stars.
Major League Soccer announced on July 9, 2008 that Rio Tinto Stadium, the League's newest soccer-specific venue, would host the 2009 MLS All-Star Game in the summer of 2009. MLS President Mark Abbott joined Real Salt Lake Owner David W. Checketts, Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., and Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan at a press conference at the new Stadium to officially announce the event. This was the first MLS All-Star Game held in Utah.
|“||We are excited to bring the 2009 MLS All-Star Game to Utah and Major League Soccer's newest world-class venue. Real Salt Lake has a history of hosting first-rate soccer events, and we certainly expect Dave Checketts and his staff to continue this tradition with the All-Star Game. It is a testament to the growth of the League that we are able to host this wonderful event in a soccer-specific stadium for the seventh consecutive year.||”|
—Mark Abbott, 
MLS All-Stars voting
Like the previous year, the MLS All-Star First XI was determined by an online fan voting system which accounted for 25% of the total vote, with players, coaches and general managers, and the media each holding 25% of the vote. The fan voting period opened May 13, 2009 and ended July 6, 2009. Two weeks into the fan voting period, Seattle Sounders FC players made up nine of the 11 top vote-getters, with Kasey Keller as the overall leader in total votes.
After the end of the voting period, Freddie Ljungberg received the most fan votes. The fan's first XI included Kasey Keller(Seattle), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Wilman Conde (Chicago), Geoff Cameron (Houston), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto), Conor Casey (Colorado), and Landon Donovan (Los Angeles). The additional seven players were chosen by head coach Dominic Kinnear of Houston and the Commissioner Don Garber.
2009 MLS All-Star Game Rosters
Major League Soccer
The 2009 MLS All-Star First XI was announced in a special episode of MLSnet.com Extra Time, which aired 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 13, 2009. On the following Monday, July 20, 2009, All-Star coach Dominic Kinnear and his assistants chose five additional players, with MLS Commissioner Don Garber adding the two final players to the 18-man roster. The All-Stars are:
‡ - Blanco was chosen to take the place of De Rosario, being the next-highest vote getter in the midfield position.
♦ - "Commissioner's Picks", chosen by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
♣ - Players selected by All-Star Coach Dominic Kinnear.
% - Johnson is an injury replacement for Joseph who suffered a bone bruise in his right knee.
& - Soumare was a replacement for Ching, who was rested after he competed in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the US national team.
^ - Zach Thornton replaced Pat Onstad due to injury.
The following players fell short of the MLS All-Star First XI in voting:
- Pat Onstad - 2.09% Fan votes, 3.11% Player votes, 2.53% Media votes, 6.36% Coach/GM votes
- Cuauhtémoc Blanco - 3.93% Fan votes, 2.75% Player votes, 11.08% Media votes, 4.09% Coach/GM votes
- Ricardo Clark - 2.03% Fan votes, 5.86% Player votes, 4.75% Media votes, 8.18% Coach/GM votes
- Osvaldo Alonso - 5.34% Fan votes, 2.39% Player votes, 7.28% Media votes, 3.18% Coach/GM votes
- Paulo Nagamura - 1.02% Fan votes, 4.67% Player votes, 2.85% Media votes, 9.55% Coach/GM votes
- As of 12 July 2009.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
29 July 2009
|Davis 26'||Report||Saha 12'|
|3 – 4|| Vaughan
Man of the Match:
|Shots on target||8||3|
- The 2009 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the first to be played in the state of Utah.
- For the first time, AT&T was the official sponsor of the All-Star Game.
- This was the sixth time that the league’s best players faced international competition in the MLS All-Star Game.
- The game was broadcast in the US on ESPN2 in English and TeleFutura in Spanish.
- This was the first All-Star match to be decided via penalty kicks.
- This was the first time the MLS All-Stars were defeated by an international opponent
- Early the next year, Landon Donovan would join Everton on a loan deal, and then again in early 2012.
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- Kieran Agard is also eligible for Jamaica.