VANCOUVER, BC - Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker Camilo Sanvezzo has been named to the 2013 MLS All-Star gameday roster. On July 31, Camilo and the rest of the MLS All-Stars host AS Roma at Sporting Park at 6 p.m. PT live on TSN and RDS.
This is the first MLS All-Star Game selection for Camilo, who is the only player to be named MLS Player of the Week twice so far this season (Week 17 and Week 20) and was runner-up for Player of the Month in June. The third-year ‘Caps striker returns to the scene of his Week 19 MLS Goal of the Week nomination, a superb curling free kick against Sporting Kansas City on July 3.
The Brazilian has been instrumental in Vancouver’s latest run of good form having scored nine goals in his last seven matches. Camilo now leads the league lead in goals with 12 following his brace against Chicago Fire yesterday at BC Place. The 3-1 win improved Vancouver to 9W-5L-5D on the season and 5W-0L-1D in their past six matches. The ‘Caps currently sit in third place in the Western Conference – only one point behind second place Portland Timbers – and are fourth overall in the Supporters Shield standings.
Camilo’s contributions have helped Vancouver remain the only unbeaten team at home in MLS. The ‘Caps are now 7W-0L-3D at BC Place so far in MLS play this season.
Because of the competitive format -- MLS vs. the World -- of the AT&T All-Star Game, MLS asked All-Star head coach Peter Vermes to select from among all available players, and he constructed a dynamic, balanced roster loaded with the league’s top talent.
Vermes selected all 11 of the original fan-voted All-Stars. Nine roster selections are MLS All-Stars for the first time, with 12 of the 19 MLS teams represented.
MLS commissioner Don Garber rounded out the roster by selecting Seattle Sounders FC homegrown defender DeAndre Yedlin and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill as 2013 MLS All-Stars.
2013 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeeper: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)