Sounders Ljungberg, Keller are All-Stars
Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg and hometown goalkeeper Kasey Keller of the expansion Seattle Sounders FC are Major League Soccer All-Stars.
The league announced Monday that Ljungberg and Keller are among seven first-time All-Stars, as determined by voting from the league’s fans, players and media.
The 11-man team will play Everton FC of the English Premier League on July 29 in Sandy, Utah.
The 39-year-old Keller, from Lacey, Wash., returned home to eventually retire after playing 17 seasons in Europe. He set an MLS record for the longest shutout streak to start a season, 457 minutes, and is 7-1-7 as Seattle’s starting keeper.
The 32-year-old Ljungberg has two goals in five assists for the second-place team in the Western Conference.
The Swedish midfielder and former star for Arsenal in England signed in 2008 as Seattle’s star designated player.