All-Star Announcement

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2021) - Orlando City SC and Major League Soccer announced today that midfielder Nani and goalkeeper Pedro Gallese have been selected for the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. The 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will take place at Banc of California Stadium, the home of LAFC. 

Nani, Gallese and the 2021 MLS All-Stars will take on the best of LIGA MX in a historic match on August 25 at 9 p.m. ET at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on FS1, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or by visiting LAFC.com. 

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 a pair of selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Nani becomes the second Lion to be selected to multiple All-Star games, joining Kaká as the only other Lion to do so, while Gallese becomes the sixth Orlando City All-Star representative in Club history, joining Nani, Kaká, Cyle Larin, Dom Dwyer and Yoshi Yotún.

The Lions’ captain made an immediate impact in the 2021 MLS regular season. The four-time Premier League Champion and UEFA European Champion currently leads all City players in goals scored (8), game-winning goals (3), shots (38) and shots-on-goal (17). Nani has been named to six total MLS Teams of the Week so far this year, including three in the first XI, won MLS Player of the Week once and won AT&T Goal of the Week once. 

Gallese started the 2021 campaign with six unbeaten matches and four clean sheets in his first six matches for the Club. The Lima, Peru native earned one appearance on the MLS Team of the Week so far in 2021, On the international level he has 75 caps with Peru featuring 30 CONMEBOL Copa América appearances, 26 total clean sheets and two FIFA World Cups matches.

Fourteen clubs join Orlando City in being 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, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City. The players have ties to 14 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States, Uruguay.

The full roster for the 2021 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target can be found below.

2021 MLS All-Star Game Roster
Name
Club
Position
All-Star Game No.
Julian Araujo
LA Galaxy
RB
2
Eduard Atuesta
Los Angeles Football Club
DM
20
Gustavo Bou
New England Revolution
W
7
Tajon Buchanan
New England Revolution
W
18
Cade Cowell
San Jose Earthquakes
FW
44
Pedro Gallese
Orlando City SC
GK
1
Carles Gil
New England Revolution
AM
22
Yeimar Gomez Andrade
Seattle Sounders FC
CB
28
Javier Hernandez
LA Galaxy
FW
14
Damir Kreilach
Real Salt Lake
CM
8
Jesus Murillo
Los Angeles Football Club
CB
94
Nani
Orlando City SC
W
17
Nouhou
Seattle Seanders
LB
5
João Paulo
Seattle Sounders FC
DM
6
Ricardo Pepi
FC Dallas
FW
24
Emanuel Reynoso
Minnesota United FC
AM
33
Miles Robinson
Atlanta United
CB
12
Alex Roldan
Seattle Sounders FC
RB
13
Cristian Roldan
Seattle Sounders FC
CM
23
Diego Rossi
Los Angeles Football Club
W
21
Raúl Ruidíaz
Seattle Sounders FC
FW
9
Daniel Salloi
Sporting Kansas City
W
19
James Sands
New York City FC
CB
16
Matt Turner
New England Revolution
GK
30
Carlos Vela
Los Angles Football Club
W
10
Kai Wagner
Philadelphia Union
LB
27
Lucas Zelarayan
Columbus Crew
AM
11
Walker Zimmerman
Nashville SC
CB
25

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