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MLS NEXT today announced the 45 players selected to the inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate. 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.

East Roster (22)

Player (Age), Team

Ignacio Alem (16), D.C. United

Esmir Bajraktarevic (17), New England Revolution

Israel Boatwright (17), Inter Miami CF

Thomas Bouffard (17), CF Montréal

Brian Carmona Romero (16), Charlotte FC

Noah Cobb (17), Atlanta United FC

Benjamin Cremaschi (17), Inter Miami CF

Giorgio DeLibera (17), Columbus Crew

Bento Estrela (16), New York Red Bulls

David Garcia (18), FC Cincinnati

Alejandro Granados Torres (16), Orlando City SC

Malachi Grant (16), Atlanta United FC

Colin Griffith (18), PDA

Daniel Krueger (16), Philadelphia Union

Stanislav Lapkes (16), Columbus Crew

Favian Loyola (17), Orlando City SC

Jack Panayotou (18), New England Revolution

Adam Pearlman (17), Toronto FC

Andrew Rick (16), Philadelphia Union

Diego Rossi (17), New York City FC

Kobi Thomas (17), Inter Miami CF

Marcos Zambrano-Delgado (17), Philadelphia Union

West Roster (23)

Player (Age), Team

Alejandro Alcala (17), LA Galaxy

Christopher Aquino (16), Seattle Sounders FC

Edgar Bazan (16), Sporting Kansas City

Adam Beaudry (16), Colorado Rapids

Alejandro Carrillo (17), Nashville SC

Kevin Chavarria (17), Colorado Rapids

Mihail Gherasimencov (17), Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Andre Gitau (16), Houston Dynamo FC

Anthony Gonzalez (17), Austin FC

Stuart Hawkins (16), Seattle Sounders FC

Gershon Henry (16), Real Salt Lake

Bryce Jamison (16), Barca Residency Academy

Marcus Lee (16), Strikers

Carlos Leatherman (17), Minnesota United FC

Cruz Medina (16), San Jose Earthquakes

Malachi Molina (16), FC Dallas

Bryan Moyado (17), Los Angeles FC

Drew Murray (17), San Jose Earthquakes

Emmanuel Ochoa (17), San Jose Earthquakes

Kevin Rodriguez Andrade (17), San Francisco Glens

Ian Shaul (16), Portland Timbers

Roka Tsunehara (16), De Anza Force

Fritz Volmar (17), St. Louis City SC

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 presented by Allstate at the National Sports Center is free of cost.

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