Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson named to MLS All-Star Gameday Roster

MLS All-Star head coach Peter Vermes tabs Johnson as one of 20 to take on AS Roma on July 31

PORTLAND, Ore. – Major League Soccer announced today that Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson has been named to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star gameday roster by Sporting Kansas City and MLS All-Star manager Peter Vermes.

Johnson, 26, is among the 20 MLS All-Stars confirmed on the roster that will compete against Italian club AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday, July 31. The game will be televised live by ESPN and UniMás at 6 p.m. (Pacific).

The Canadian international was selected for the second time in his MLS career through the MLS All-Star First XI fan vote, the results of which were announced on July 7.

Johnson played every minute of the first 17 matches of the regular season, helping lead Portland to a 15-game unbeaten streak – one of the longest in MLS history – over the first half of the campaign. The Timbers’ captain, Johnson has registered a career-high six goals and has matched a career-high with three assist in 2013.

2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Gameday Roster

Goalkeepers: Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)*

Midfielders: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)*

Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

* - indicates Commissioner’s picks