- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 18, 2002

No D.C. United players were voted to start for Major League Soccer's team in the Aug.3 MLS All-Star Game at RFK Stadium. One United player, Eddie Pope, was named to the squad as a reserve.

The starters were selected by fans, players, coaches, general managers and a media ballot.

Last-place United could have more players named as reserves when MLS coach Frank Yallop completes his roster Tuesday because it wouldn't look good for the host city to have only one All-Star participant. Additionally, MLS commissioner Don Garber will select two players to round out the 18-player roster that will face the U.S. national team all-stars.

Five players will be making their first All-Star appearance, including the league's top two goal scorers, Taylor Twellman and Carlos Ruiz.

Twellman, a former Maryland standout who attended the university on a baseball scholarship, and Ruiz are tearing up the MLS. Both rookies have 13 goals.

Other first time All-Stars include Chicago Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra, Dallas Burn defender Ryan Suarez and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Richard Mulrooney. In contrast, Colorado Rapids midfielder Carlos Valderrama will be making his sixth appearance.

The Rapids, Fire, New York/New Jersey MetroStars and New England Revolution each placed two players in the starting 11. Rapids midfielder Mark Chung joins Valderrama in the midfield along with Mulrooney, the Revolution's Steve Ralston and Fire midfielder Dema Kovalenko.


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