MLSsoccer.com revealed the names of players that will be competing in the first-ever Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game. The match will be played two days before the AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
Twenty players from 12 MLS teams were selected to play against Portland Timbers’ U-23s at Providence Park. The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN and Mlssoccer.com.
The announcement on the league’s website stated that “All MLS clubs were asked to nominate eligible players for the game and based on availability, injuries and other criteria, the final 20 were selected in consultation with MLS director of player programs Alfonso Mondelo, who will coach the Homegrown squad on August 4.”
If any of the selected players is an All-Star, he’ll not participate in the Homegrown Game.
The 20-man roster
Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City): The 21-year-old has never played a game for SKC, but he’s been impressive on-loan at USL Pro side Oklahoma City Energy.
Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew): The Cleveland native hasn’t played this season, but he started 13 league matches last season. His record was 7-6-0.
Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls): After his impressive rookie season, Lade has been surplus to requirement in New York. He started 22 games in his first year as a professional in 2012, but since then, he’s only made two starts.
Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC): The 23-year-old has fallen out of favor with Ryan Nelsen this season. He played 22 times last season, but has only appeared once in 2014.
Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids): The versatile center back has been deemed the future of US soccer. He’s started 15 games this season.
Karl Ouimette (Montreal Impact): In his third year, Ouimette has enjoyed regular first team action. He’s appeared nine times this season.
Erik-Palmer Brown (Sporting Kansas City): The 17-year-old is certainly a player USMNT fans should keep an eye on. He’s got pace and size and lots of potential.
Deandre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders): The player that’s been linked with a move to AS Roma is certainly the most popular player included in the squad. After his impressive rookie season, he broke into the national team picture and was phenomenal at the World Cup.
Steven Evans (Portland Timbers): The former Timbers U-23 midfielder has never played a league game with the first team. He is currently on loan at Sacramento Republic FC.
Wandrille Lefèvre (Montreal Impact): The French midfielder can also be used as a defender. He’s started five games this season.
Chris Ritter (Chicago Fire): The 23-year-old is a tall midfielder that’s been decent in his five starts this season.
Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire): The leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year award has been a delightful surprise this season. He has six goals and four assists from 15 appearances this season.
Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps): The 21-year-old Canadian international had a breakout season last year. The playmaker played 24 games, scored two goals and helped set up nine goals.
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew): The highly-rated deep-lying midfielder has been a regular starter this season. The long ball expert has two assists in 13 starts.
Caleb Calvert (Chivas USA): The youngest player to sign a contract in Chivas USA history is a bright prospect.
Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy): The 17-year-old has impressed with LA Galaxy II in USL PRO. He’s scored five goals in 13 appearances.
Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders): Okoli has only appeared twice in his rookie season. He’s scored a goal in the US Open Cup.
Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids): The second year professional is having a breakout season. He’s appeared in 13 games, scoring a goal against Seattle.
Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquake): The 18-year-old has only played once this season.
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy): The 22-year-old forward is yet to prove himself as a lethal scorer. He has three goals this season.
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