Blanco was named as the MLS All Star First XI after Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne de Rosario had to drop out of the game due to TFC's CONCACAF Champions League match that will take place on the same day. Blanco, who was the All Star game MVP last year, will join Wilman Conde as the Fire's second representative for the July 29th match in Salt Lake City. "Obviously Temo's been an important guy for us," said Denis Hamlett. "We're happy with the selection and it's a great honor for him." While it's great to see Blanco get the all-star nod, I really don't think he's that deserving of a spot in the First XI. I think that Marco Pappa is more worthy of selection than Temo and it would have been great to see the youngster go.