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MLS NEXT Jul 27, 2022

Rosters selected for inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game

NEW YORK – MLS NEXT announced the 45 players selected to the inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game. The game will provide a world-class experience for the best young players in North America to showcase their talent on a national stage.

Two teams will compete in an East vs. West format at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. on the day of the MLS All-Star Game, Wednesday, August 10. Twenty-eight of the 29 MLS academies had at least one player selected to the inaugural rosters, with Inter Miami CF, Philadelphia Union, and San Jose Earthquakes leading the way with three selections apiece. Five non-MLS academies will also be represented in Blaine: Barca Residency Academy, De Anza Force, PDA, Strikers, and the San Francisco Glens.

Additionally, three 2021-22 MLS NEXT Most Valuable Players are also represented on the roster: Roka Tsunehara of De Anza Force (U16), Bryan Moyado of LAFC (U17), and Colin Griffith of PDA (U19).

East
Player Team Age
Ignacio Alem D.C. United 16
Esmir Bajraktarevic New England Revolution 17
Israel Boatwright Inter Miami CF 17
Thomas Bouffard CF Montréal 17
Brian Carmona Romero Charlotte FC 16
Noah Cobb Atlanta United FC 17
Benjamin Cremaschi Inter Miami CF 17
Giorgio DeLibera Columbus Crew 17
Bento Estrela New York Red Bulls 16
David Garcia FC Cincinnati 18
Alejandro Granados Torres Orlando City SC 16
Malachi Grant Atlanta United FC 16
Colin Griffith PDA 18
Daniel Krueger Philadelphia Union 16
Stanislav Lapkes Columbus Crew 16
Favian Loyola Orlando City SC 17
Jack Panayotou New England Revolution 18
Adam Pearlman Toronto FC 17
Andrew Rick Philadelphia Union 16
Diego Rossi New York City FC 17
Kobi Thomas Inter Miami CF 17
Marcos Zambrano-Delgado Philadelphia Union 17
West
Player Team Age
Alejandro Alcala LA Galaxy 17
Christopher Aquino Seattle Sounders FC 16
Edgar Bazan Sporting Kansas City 16
Adam Beaudry Colorado Rapids 16
Alejandro Carrillo Nashville SC 17
Kevin Chavarria Colorado Rapids 17
Mihail Gherasimencov Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17
Andre Gitau Houston Dynamo FC 16
Anthony Gonzalez Austin FC 17
Stuart Hawkins Seattle Sounders FC 16
Gershon Henry Real Salt Lake 16
Bryce Jamison Barca Residency Academy 16
Marcus Lee Strikers 16
Carlos Leatherman Minnesota United FC 17
Cruz Medina San Jose Earthquakes 16
Malachi Molina FC Dallas 16
Bryan Moyado Los Angeles FC 17
Drew Murray San Jose Earthquakes 17
Emmanuel Ochoa San Jose Earthquakes 17
Kevin Rodriguez Andrade San Francisco Glens 17
Ian Shaul Portland Timbers 16
Roka Tsunehara De Anza Force 16
Fritz Volmar St. Louis CITY SC 17

The MLS NEXT Player Selection Committee also advised on the selection of the coaching staff for both East and West clubs. The head coach of the East team will be MLS Great Javier Morales, who appeared in 255 MLS matches across his 11-year playing career and is currently an Inter Miami academy coach. Morales will be joined on the bench by Rob Becerra of the New England Revolution, who coached the U19 Revolution team to a championship at the 2021-22 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs in July.

Leading the West squad will be MLS Great Jeremy Hall, who played 127 games for five MLS teams during his playing career and is currently an assistant coach for MNUFC2 of MLS NEXT Pro. Joining Hall is assistant coach Antonio Medina, who coached the U19 San Francisco Glens to a runner-up finish at the 2021-22 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.

MLS NEXT and Allstate will provide the players with a once-in-a-lifetime player experience during MLS All-Star Week, with a full slate of evening programming events and activities in advance of gameday. The players will be fully integrated into MLS All-Star Week festivities while training and competing in their own All-Star Game.

The 45 players were chosen by the MLS NEXT Player Selection Committee, which is made up of key MLS Player Development department personnel, following the conclusion of the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs and Showcase. Players must have been U-18 (born in 2004 or earlier) and have competed in one of the MLS NEXT national showcase events this season, including MLS NEXT Fest, MLS NEXT Flex, Generation adidas Cup, and MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs and Showcase.

The match will be streamed live and further tune-in details will be available at a later date. Admission to the MLS NEXT All-Star Game at the National Sports Center is free of cost.

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