Two United States men's national team members have been voted into the MLS All-Star Game Fan XI for the 2016 season. Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Belser and Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe will be starting (barring injury) against Arsenal on Thursday, July 28 (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).
Like most of the other major American sports leagues, Major League Soccer allows their fans to vote for their league's starting lineup in the annual all-star game. That's where the similarities end with the MLS All-Star Game. Unlike the others that pit the league's best players against one another, MLS brings in a high profile team to play against the league's best. This year it's Premier League giants, Arsenal.
Nagbe and Besler are both coming off of a run to a fourth place finish in the Copa America Centenario with the USMNT. Both played reserve roles to begin with but were called on in important situations to help the team.
As of now, they are only two national team players to make the team, but more will likely follow when the rest of the players are picked in various ways (coach selections and Commissioner picks).
2016 MLS All-Star Fan XI
Goalkeeper: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Kaká (Orlando City SC), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy),
Forwards: Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), David Villa (New York City FC - AT&T/EA SPORTSTM "More Than a Vote" Challenge)