Kenny Cooper and Timbers Army make cameos in a new Adidas soccer commercial, which dropped this week alongside ballots for this year's Major League Soccer All-Star game.
They're "all in," apparently, but it still remains to be seen which Timbers will help MLS likely get beat down by Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Leading scorer Cooper, Capt. Jack Jewsbury, forward Jorge Perlaza, leading assister Kalif Alhassan and defenders Futty Danso and Rodney Wallace are Portland's candidates, and voting through the MLS site, via text or Twitter runs through July 5.
Click past the jump for balloting deets, and to find out who has the best chance from Portland, who got snubbed and which player Timbers fans should be pulling (and repeatedly votextweeting) for.
- Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
- Futty Danso showing some love to the voters.
Conventional wisdom has Jewsbury as the Timber with the best shot at earning an All-Star nod, and for good reason: The Portland captain's delivery on set pieces have led to nearly all of the team's goals this year, and his play has been consistently solid since he was brought in weeks before the start of the season and named captain.
But Timbers fans really ought to be pulling for Futty, and not just because he's the third-ranked player in MLS by the league's official rankings, or because he has a game-winner and an equalizer against a hated rival, or because he enjoys teaching others English.
No, it's because Futty (like Alhassan)
is the only one of the six who played for Portland last year, when the Timbers wore a USSF Division-2 badge. Futty's been manning the Rose City's backline since 2009, and the 28-year-old Gambian has watched the franchise, stadium and crowds grow right along with his game.
Who should feel slighted? For one, there's Eric Brunner, who's likely wondering just what else he could've done to impress the media panel tasked with picking nominees besides being Portland's most consistent defender and the top player on the club according to PowerStats. Also, keeper Troy Perkins may have been injured to start the season, but his play of late has shown he's definitely back to full health and ready to ably man the last line of Portland's shaky defense.
Then again, using the All-Star break for an actual, y'know, break, as opposed to adding a cross-country trek to an already busy exhibition-filled July might be welcome.
Fan voting: Through July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET, fans will select the “First XI” All-Stars. Fans can vote via any of three digital platforms:
a. At MLSsoccer.com: Vote for your starting lineup of 11 players, beginning June 8.
b. Via text message (SMS): Text an MLS player’s last name to 22442 (Each vote will count equally with those submitted online in determining the First XI. The player who receives the most text votes will automatically earn a spot among the First XI.)
c. Twitter: One vote per tweet between June 17-20. A vote will only be valid if the following conditions are met within one Tweet: An MLS player’s Twitter handle (i.e. @juanagudelo17), OR an MLS player’s full name with no space between first and last (i.e. landondonovan) appears in the Tweet AND the Tweet contains @MLS AND #MLSAllStar.