The virtual polls are open for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The league released its 108-player ballot yesterday, featuring the top six players from each team.

Fans have until July 5 to cast their votes for the starting 11 for MLS when it faces Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The Union players on the ballot are goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, defender Danny Califf, midfielder Justin Mapp and forwards Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga and Carlos Ruiz. Mondragon is among 12 goalkeepers who made the cut; the other five are among 96 field players to be nominated by select members of the American soccer media. In addition to the fan voting, coaches, players and commissioner Don Garber also have a say in the All-Star selections.

Fans can vote at That website also includes information for voting via text message or Twitter.

Social-networking polls indicated that Union defenders Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams and Jordan Harvey were worthy players who were snubbed. Along with Califf, they have combined to allow just 10 goals in 12 matches.

Union salty over Candygate

Union blogs were abuzz this week over the news that three players - Danny Mwanga, Keon Daniel and Sheanon Williams - missed their return flight following Saturday's 1-1 tie against Colorado after they stopped in an airport store to purchase snacks and candy.

The story, first reported by the Union fan-driven blog, the Brotherly Game, was based on a tweet by one of the players' girlfriends. However, the Union claims the trio arrived at the gate seconds after the attendant relayed a final boarding call.

While it clearly wasn't a subject he wanted to delve into, Union assistant coach John Hackworth told reporters the three had to pay an undisclosed fine.