All-Star games are about snubs as much as anything else, and this year it seemed like D.C. United ended up with the lion's share. While goalkeeper Bill Hamid did make the squad, United - that's third place overall and best points-per-game in the Eastern Conference United - had no one else named to the roster. While the fan vote was no surprise, the lack of recognition by Caleb Porter and commissioner Don Garber was at least a mild letdown (save for the "no ASG = no extra traveling and running for our guys" crowd).
Fortune has apparently intervened, however. Ives Galarcep is reporting at Goal.com that Boswell will be named to the roster as a replacement for Omar Gonzalez, who the LA Galaxy is withdrawing due to the fact that they have a game against San Jose just two days later. Galarcep is also reporting that Robbie Keane will also be withdrawn, though his replacement is unknown at this time.
For Boswell, the nod is the second of his career and the first since 2006. It seems like a more than fair recognition of the crucial role he's played as the leader of a totally remade United back four. The Black-and-Red have given up only 20 goals, good enough to be in a three-way tie for second best league-wide in the category. Boswell's ability to organize the players around him has been nothing short of vital, and is even more impressive when one notes that Boswell's partner in central defense, Jeff Parke, has been out for seven straight games.