NEW YORK – Concacaf Gold Cup heroes Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) and Matt Turner (New England Revolution) and U.S. men’s national teammates James Sands (New York City FC) , Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) and Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC) have been selected to the MLS all-star team, it was announced Wednesday.
Mexican standouts Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (LA Galaxy) and Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club) and rising stars Tajon Buchanan (New England Revolution) and Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes) were among the 28 players who will compete in the game against the Best of LIGA MX at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles Aug. 25 at 9 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports. The announcement came on the heels of the U.S. men’s national team defeating Mexico in the Gold Cup final Sunday, 1-0, with the game-winning tally coming from Robinson in extratime in the 117th minute.
Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders FC have the most players on the 2021 roster with six, including brothers Cristian and Alex Roldan, who represents El Salvador on the international stage. Of the 28 players named, 24 are first-time MLS All-Stars.
The roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (13 players), designations by all-star head coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and two selections by MLS commissioner Don Garber. The Commissioner’s Picks for 2021 were Tajon Buchanan (22) and Cade Cowell (17). Buchanan has recorded three goals and three assists in 12 appearances for New England, while Cowell became the first player to tally four goals and four assists at the start of the season.
Fifteen clubs are represented on this year’s All-Star Game roster: Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club, Minnesota United FC, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City.
The Red Bulls were not represented.
The players have ties to 14 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States and Uruguay.
2021 MLS All-Star Game Roster
|Last Name||First Name||Club||Position||All-Star Game No.|
|Atuesta||Eduard||Los Angeles Football Club||DM||20|
|Bou||Gustavo||New England Revolution||W||7|
|Buchanan||Tajon||New England Revolution||W||18|
|Cowell||Cade||San Jose Earthquakes||FW||44|
|Gallese||Pedro||Orlando City SC||GK||1|
|Gil||Carles||New England Revolution||AM||22|
|Gomez Andrade||Yeimar||Seattle Sounders FC||CB||28|
|Hernandez||Javier ‘Chicharito’||LA Galaxy||FW||14|
|Kreilach||Damir||Real Salt Lake||CM||8|
|Murillo||Jesus||Los Angeles Football Club||CB||94|
|Nani||Orlando City SC||W||17|
|Nouhou||Seattle Sounders FC||LB||5|
|Paulo||João||Seattle Sounders FC||DM||6|
|Reynoso||Emanuel||Minnesota United FC||AM||33|
|Roldan||Alex||Seattle Sounders FC||RB||13|
|Roldan||Cristian||Seattle Sounders FC||CM||23|
|Rossi||Diego||Los Angeles Football Club||W||21|
|Ruidíaz||Raúl||Seattle Sounders FC||FW||9|
|Salloi||Daniel||Sporting Kansas City||W||19|
|Sands||James||New York City FC||CB||16|
|Turner||Matt||New England Revolution||GK||30|
|Vela||Carlos||Los Angeles Football Club||W||10|
The MLS roster
Goalkeepers (2): Pedro Gallese (Orlando City SC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders (9): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), Jesus Murillo (Los Angeles FC), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders FC), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), James Sands (New York City FC), Kai Wagner (Philadelphia Union), Yeimar Gomez Andrade (Seattle Sounders FC), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders (7): Eduard Atuesta (Los Angeles FC), Carles Gil (New England Revolution), Damir Kreilach (Real Salt Lake), Joao Paulo (Seattle Sounders FC), Emanuel Reynoso (Minnesota United FC), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Lucas Zelarayan (Columbus Crew)
Forwards/Wingers (10): Gustavo Bou (New England Revolution), Tajon Buchanan (New England Revolution), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Javier Hernandez (LA Galaxy), Nani (Orlando City SC), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), Diego Rossi (Los Angeles FC), Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders FC), Daniel Salloi (Sporting Kansas City), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)