CARSON, CA - JULY 04: Michael Farfan #21 of the Philadelphia Union celebrates with a member of the Union training staff after Farfan scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 90th minute to give the Union a 2-1 lead against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on July 4, 2012 in Carson, California. The Union defeated the Galaxy 2-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
All-Star team head coach Ben Olsen selected Farfan, along with San Jose left back Justin Morrow - added as a replacement for New York Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce, to extend the squad's roster to 20 players. Chelsea requested that more substitutes be named and included for the game, which kicks off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
Farfan, who's addition to the All-Star game was most likely influenced by Union head coach John Hackworth's role as an assistant coach to Olsen, has had a superb sophomore year since ending the 2011 season as a Rookie of the Year award finalist. The 23-year-old has performed as Philadelphia's most dynamic and creative attacking player throughout the season.
"It is a great honor to be named to the MLS All Star Team," said Farfan. "I am humbled by this decision and grateful to be listed amongst such talented players. This is something I will never forget."
The midfielder joined teammate, and Union captain, Carlos Valdes in the All-Star camp. Valdes was a selection by league Commissioner Don Garber.