Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan added to Major League Soccer All-Star Game roster

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday afternoon that Union midfielder Michael Farfan has been added to the game day roster for the MLS All-Star Team.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan added to Major League Soccer All-Star Game roster

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Major League Soccer announced Tuesday afternoon that Union midfielder Michael Farfan has been added to the game day roster for the MLS All-Star Team.

This happened because Chelsea wanted to increase the number of available substitutions in the game, due in part to the weather and in part to wanting to give some extra rest to players where possible during their U.S. tour. As such, the number of substitutions in the game will now be eight instead of seven.

"I am humbled by this decision and grateful to be listed amongst such talented players," Farfan said in a statement issued by the Union. "This is something I will never forget."

MLS All-Star Team head coach Ben Olsen said the decision to add Farfan to the roster came from Union manager John Hackworth, who will assist Olsen on Wednesday.

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"In speaking with John, when you look at it, with managing minutes, I thought it was important to have a guy I could hold as long as possible - and I'll probably do that with Michael," Olsen said. "I've expressed that to him, and I think he's happy to do that, and be a part of this thing."

Olsen added that he expects Farfan will probably play "the last 12 minutes" of the game.

MLS' statement did not say whether this will reduce the reserve list from 14 players to 13, but I'm guessing it will. Nor do I know whether Farfan was going to be one of the reserves and was promoted, for lack of a better word, to the game day roster. I'll try to find that out. 

The total number of MLS players listed as All-Stars is supposed to be 32, for the collectively bargained purpose of paying bonuses to those players.

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