Major League Soccer Kicks Off 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game

MLS All-Star players Tim Ream, New York Red Bulls, and Brek Shea, FC Dallas, accompanied by Chris Heck, New York Red Bulls, President of Business Operations and other MLS executives, visited the NYSE to celebrate the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars take on reigning English Premier League champions Manchester United on July 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. In honor of the occasion, MLS All-Star Players Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) and Brek Shea (FC Dallas), joined by MLS Executives, rang The Closing BellSM.

Player Bios

Tim Ream, Defender, New York Red Bulls

Ream, a finalist for the 2010 Rookie of the Year award, has been a consistent presence on the New York Red Bulls back line. He has started and played in 14 of the Red Bulls’ 20 games this year. Between April 9, 2011 and May 7, 2011, Ream anchored a Red Bulls defense that did not allow a goal in 333 consecutive minutes. During his four seasons at Saint Louis University, Ream earned the 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award after scoring a career-high six goals and contributing five assists. He made his international debut for the United States National Team on Nov 17, 2010, starting and playing 67 minutes in a 1-0 victory over South Africa in Cape Town. In 2010, Ream was voted Red Bulls Defender of the Year.  He led the league and club in games played (30) and minutes played (2700), leading the Red Bulls to a single-season franchise record 13 shutouts. This is Ream’s first MLS All-Star Team selection.

Brek Shea, Forward, FC Dallas

The young FC Dallas winger has always been noted for his speed and versatility, but he is arriving as a goal-scorer in a big way this season, as he currently sits tied for second in the standings for the Budweiser Golden Boot with eight goals, and ranks first in the league for game-winning goals (4). Shea has also led an explosive FC Dallas offense to 26 goals, first in the Western Conference as of July 6. Shea did not play college soccer and instead turned professional straight out of high school, and was the second overall selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. While playing at the U.S. residency program in Bradenton, Florida, Shea played extensively for the United States U-17 team. He later moved to the U-20 national team, whom he has represented at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Shea received his first appearance with the full U.S. Men’s National Team on Oct 12, 2010 when he played the first half of a 0-0 draw with Colombia. He was the first player born in the 1990s to make an appearance for the full U.S. National Team. This is Shea’s first MLS All-Star Team selection.