New York City FC midfielder Maxi Moralez has been named to the Major League Soccer squad for the MLS All-Star Game against Atletico Madrid at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. July 31.
Moralez was named to the 26-man roster led by Orlando City SC head coach James O’Connor.
Although the playmaker has been pivotal to NYCFC in his 2 1/2 seasons with the club, this is his first all-star call. He was one of O’Connor’s 13 coaches’ picks.
The Argentine joined City in 2017 and has appeared in 81 matches in all competitions, recording 17 goals and 37 assists.
David Villa was selected to every all-star game since 2015 until his departure last season. Alex Ring, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard also have made one appearance each for the all-stars.
MLS all-star roster
Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Romain Metanire (Minnesota United FC), Leandro González Pírez (Atlanta United), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Midfielders: Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United), Diego Chara (Portland Timbers), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Mark Anthony Kaye (LAFC), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders FC), Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez (Atlanta United), Maxi Moralez (NYCFC), Nani (Orlando City SC), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC), Diego Rossi (LAFC)
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy – EA SPORTS™ “More Than a Vote” Challenge), Josef Martinez (Atlanta United), Wayne Rooney (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club)