NEW YORK (Wednesday, July 27, 2022) - 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 the national stage.

Two teams will compete in an East vs. West format at the National Sports Center in Baine, 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 Baine: Barca Residency Academy, De Anza Force, PDA, Strikers, and the San Francisco Glens.

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

The MLS NEXT Player Selection Committee also advise 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 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.

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
16
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
Alejando 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
16
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
LAFC
17
Drew Murray
San Jose Earthquakes
17
Emmanuel Ochoa
San Jose Earthquakes
17
Kevin Rodriquez
San Francisco Glens
17
Ian Shaul
Portland Timbers
17
Roka Tsunehara
De Anza Force
16
Fritz Volmar
St. Louis City SC
17