There will be some Canadian content at the MLS all-star game.
The league announced Sunday that D.C. United midfielder and Toronto native Dwayne De Rosario as well as Vancouver Whitecaps captain and central defender Jay DeMerit will be part of the squad taking on English Premier League team Chelsea on July 25 in Chester, Penn.
De Rosario, the 2011 MLS MVP and Golden Boot winner, finished last season with 16 goals and 12 assists.
So far this year, he has five goals and a league-leading 10 assists while helping D.C. United achieve first place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-5-3 record.
DeMerit has been instrumental in helping Vancouver to a league-leading nine shutouts and a regular-season record of 8-4-6, good for third overall in the Western Conference standings.
Also named on Sunday were goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City); defenders Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City) and Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls); midfielders David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City); and forwards Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
The 11 players received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on three platforms — online at MLSsoccer.com, via text message and Twitter.
D.C. United coach Ben Olsen will choose the eventual starting lineup based on game considerations, from among a game-day squad of 18 players.
The rest of the squad for the game to be played at the home of the Philadelphia Union will be chosen by Olsen and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.