Major League Soccer and the Philadelphia Union announced today that Michael Farfan was added to the All-Star team game day roster, bringing the total number of players to 20 to face Chelsea.
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.