Three Former Bruins Selected As MLS All-Star Starters
July 13, 2005
Former UCLA stars Matt Reis (1994-97), Greg Vanney (1993-95) and Jimmy Conrad (1996-97) have been selected as starters for the 2005 Sierra Mist Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star game. The All-Star squad will face English Premier League club Fulham FC on July 30 in Columbus Crew Stadium. The game will be televised live on ABC at 12:30 pm PT.
Reis, a goalkeeper with the New England Revolution, is making his first ever All-Star appearance and is the only first-time All-Star in the starting 11. At UCLA, Reis was the Defensive MVP of the 1997 NCAA Championships, having posted shutouts in the semifinals and finals.
Vanney, a defender from FC Dallas, earns his second selection. He was a starter in the 2000 All-Star game while playing with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Vanney played four seasons in France with FC Bastia before returning to MLS this season. He was an honorable mention All-American at UCLA in 1995.
Conrad, a defender with the Kansas City Wizards, will be making his first All-Star start. He was a reserve in last season's game. Conrad, along with Vanney, is playing for the U.S. National Team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. As a Bruin, Conrad helped lead UCLA to the 1997 NCAA title.
UCLA will also be represented on the Fulham team by Former All-American defender Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99).
In other MLS news, former UCLA All-American forward Matt Taylor (2000-03) was selected the Honda MLS Player of the Week after having a hand in all five goals in Chivas USA's 5-1 victory over Real Salt Lake last weekend. Taylor is the second former UCLA player to earn this honor, joining Zach Wells (2000-03) of the MetroStars, who won it in Week 11.