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After an All-Star snub, Justin Meram responds

The winger let his play do his talking in the game, then spoke after the match.

After Columbus Crew SC’s 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union Saturday night, Justin Meram was a happy player.

His first goal in nearly two months, his ninth of the Major League Soccer season, was enough to earn all three points for the Black & Gold and put Meram in a good mood postgame.

But he hasn’t been too pleased as of late.

The full MLS All-Star Game roster was announced on Tuesday and Meram, who has been one of if not the best wingers in the league over the first half of the year, did not make the team.

“We probably all expected him to be an all-star this season, the way he was playing and the chances he was creating,” Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “Things happen that you can’t control and he’s a guy that he’ll continue to work hard; he’ll be an all-star in his career.”

In a game that was begging for a goal, it made sense for it to be Meram to finish. Although the goal took a major deflection off Union defender Josh Yaro to beat goalkeeper John McCarthy, MLS gave Meram credit for the goal.

Perhaps this was a bit of a consolation prize by the league after the all-star snub.

“I’ll be honest, I was upset for the day and then I let it go,” Meram said of not being selected to the team that will take on Real Madrid. “It’s over. I’m just here to play the game and this is nothing new for me.”

It’s not just Meram who deserves to be in Chicago on Aug. 2, but will have to settle for watching from home. Romain Alessandrini, Victor Vazquez, Tim Melia and David Accam are all players who were surprisingly left off the squad.

Because of this, Meram isn’t losing any sleep over missing out on the event.

“It’s not even an all-star game in my eyes. It’s a celebrity match to me,” he said. “Those guys, Accam, Alessandrini, two guys that I love watching. It’s funny to me that they’re not there. So to me, it’s not an all-star game in my eyes. It’s getting a bunch of guys together and playing a match against Real Madrid.”

While he’s not letting it get to him, his teammates aren’t taking the same approach.

During Meram’s postgame interview, Crew SC defender and close friend of Justin’s, Josh Williams yelled “It’s bull sh**, Jay!”

Nothing Meram says, or anyone else for that matter, will change his status for the All-Star Game. But a continued career season for the winger could help his Crew SC side, that have now won two games in a row, reach the postseason.

Ultimately, that’s the goal for Meram anyway.

“My teammates can be pissed for me, but there’s nothing else I can do but go out there and help the team win,” he said.