Reasons for MLS All-Star: Michael Harrington

Harrington part of Portland defense that is among the stingiest in MLS

Michael Harrington, 2013 MLS All-Star

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

It's rare for defenders to show up on the score sheet, but Michael Harrington doesn't need goals and assists to prove that he has been exceptional at his position this season. The former first round MLS SuperDraft pick spent six seasons in Kansas City where he finished third in MLS Rookie of the Year voting in his first season.

In 2013, Harrington has helped solidify the outside back position for the Portland Timbers. His contributions this season have made him a clear candidate for his inclusion in the 2013 MLS All-Star Game on July 31, 2013 against AS Roma.

In this clip, see how Harrington helps clear the ball away and then flies up the left wing to help play in a cross into the box.

  • Started in 16 of the first 17 matches of the regular season
  • Started and played 90 minutes in a scoreless draw on the road June 19 against the LA Galaxy; the club's second clean sheet on the road this season
  • Helped the backline record a fifth consecutive shutout at home in a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas on June 15
  • Made his Timbers debut March 3 against New York; the season opener also marked his 150th career MLS apperance

You can VOTE HERE for Michael. Be sure to also vote for Donovan Ricketts, Will Johnson, Diego Valeri, Diego Chara, and Darlington Nagbe

Remember: Vote early and vote often plus you can text each player's last name to 22442 to vote as well. Voting ends July 2, 2013 at 3pm PT.