LA Story: Vela, Chicharito highlight MLS All-Star roster
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican stars Carlos Vela and Chicharito Hernandez, Gold Cup goalkeeping standout Matt Turner and 17-year-old Cade Cowell are among the 28 players on the Major League Soccer All-Star Game roster announced Wednesday.
The MLS All-Stars will face a team of all-stars from LigaMX on Aug. 25 in Los Angeles.
The 28-man roster includes 13 players selected through voting by fans, players and the media; 13 players selected by All-Star Game head coach Bob Bradley; and two selected by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Fifteen MLS teams are represented on the All-Star roster, led by six selections from the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders. The six include brothers Alex and Cristian Roldan, and striker Raúl Ruidíaz, who leads the league with 11 goals.
Turner is one of four selections from the New England Revolution. He’s coming off a Gold Cup performance during which he allowed just one goal in six matches and was named the top goalkeeper in the tournament. New England midfielder Carles Gil was also selected after leading the league with 15 assists, more than double any other player.
Also selected was Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson, who scored the winning goal for the United States in the Gold Cup final against Mexico.
Hernandez, in his second season with the LA Galaxy, has 10 goals and is tied for second in the league with New England’s Gustavo Bou, also an All-Star.
Cowell and 22-year-old New England winger Tajon Buchanan were the two selections made by Garber.
Twenty-four of the 28 players selected are first-time All-Stars with Vela, Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman, Orlando City winger Nani and LAFC forward Diego Rossi repeat selections.
Goalkeepers: Matt Turner (New England Revolution); Pedro Gallese (Orlando City).
Defenders: Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy); Jesús Murillo (LAFC); Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders); Miles Robinson (Atlanta United); Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders); James Sands (NYCFC); Kai Wagner (Philadelphia Union); Yeimar Gómez Andrade (Seattle Sounders); Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC).
Midfielders: Eduard Atuesta (LAFC); Carles Gil (New England Revolution); Damir Kreilach (Real Salt Lake); João Paulo (Seattle Sounders); Emanuel Reynoso (Minnesota United); Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders); Lucas Zelarayán (Columbus Crew).
Forwards/wingers: Gustavo Bou (New England Revolution); Tajon Buchanan (New England Revolution); Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes); Javier Hernandez (LA Galaxy); Nani (Orlando City); Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas); Diego Rossi (LAFC); Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders); Daniel Salloi (Sporting Kansas City); Carlos Vela (LAFC).
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