Friday Kicks: Galaxy’s Landon Donovan added to MLS All-Star Game roster, Robbie Keane out & more

images-1*You knew MLS would find a way to add perennial All-Star Landon Donovan to the roster for Wednesday’s game against Francesco Totti and Roma in Kansas City, although I’m sure the plan wasn’t to do that at the expense of Robbie Keane, who suffered an injury against Portland July 13 and missed the subsequent game against the Whitecaps.

Donovan, of course, is in sparkling national team form at the moment at the Gold Cup and his selection is yet another milestone in his career, observes MLS:

This is Donovan’s League-record 13th consecutive All-Star selection dating back to 2001, his first season in the league. While donning a Galaxy jersey, the Redlands, Calif. native has been selected to the MLS All-Star game nine times. Since returning to the Galaxy in late March, Donovan has tallied three goals and six assists in 13 appearances helping to lead the Galaxy to a 10-8-3 record with 33 points.

Commissioner Don Garber made the decision to add Donovan to the roster for the game.

“Landon (Donovan) is a great addition to the MLS All-Star team. Obviously his form is fantastic right now and his impact and representation of Major League Soccer throughout his career is immeasurable,” All-Star head coach Peter Vermes said.

images*Meanwhile, the new Ontario indoor soccer team has announced its name and logo (why so angry?) a name longtime soccer fans may remember from the days of the NASL.

President Bernie Lilavois was formerly involved with the now inactive Anaheim Bolts and the expansion Fury have essentially replaced them in the Professional Arena Soccer League.

*Finally, defender Carlos Bocanegra helped Chivas USA to a shutout win in his first game with the club, which is now his priority with his national team days likely behind him at this point in his career.

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