United States and MLS all-time leading goalscorer Landon Donovan will coach the MLS Homegrown Game and has picked his 22-man roster. The Homegrown squad will battle Club América’s U-20s on Tuesday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in Commerce City, Colorado.
MLS club youth academies have produced about 150 Homegrown Players who have signed pro contracts with MLS clubs, including D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and LA Galaxy goalscorer Gyasi Zardes.
Donovan finished his professional playing career shortly after U.S. National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann punted him off the 2014 World Cup roster. Donovan holds the USMNT records in goals (57) and assists (58) and is the MLS all-time leader in goals scored (144) and assists (136). In his 14-year MLS career, he lifted six MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shields and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship, and was also named an MLS All-Star 14 consecutive times.
Donovan selected his roster from the pool of Homegrown Players nominated by all 20 MLS clubs and 16 teams are represented in his selection. Donovan’s roster includes Chicago Fire’s Harry Shipp, who scored two goals and five assists in 19 appearances in his second MLS season. It also boasts Canadian Men’s National Team and Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert, who played in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scored his first international goal in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on June 11.
The Club América U-20 team is the youth team of Mexico’s most successful club and has won 12 Liga MX titles, five Copa Mexico cups and five Campeon de Campeones titles. The Club América U-20 squad is highlighted by Alejandro Díaz, Rodrigo Gonzalez and defender Bryan Colula.
2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game schedule
4:00 p.m. Gates Open (First 2,000 fans receive free scarf)
5:00 p.m. MLS WORKS/Special Olympics All-Star Soccer Match
7:00 p.m. 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game
The 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com. Tickets to the Homegrown Game can be purchased at www.chipotlehomegrown.com.
2015 MLS Homegrown Game roster
Goalkeepers: Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew SC), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
Defenders: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Eric Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC)
Midfielders: Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas)
Forwards: Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact),Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Club America U-20 roster
Goalkeepers: Omar Lascari, Jonathan León
Defenders: Edson Alvarez, Bryan Colula, Rodrigo Gonzalez, Jonathan Hernández, Edgar Portilla, Gustavo Rodriguez, Jesus Veyna
Midfielders: Saulo Cabrera, Francisco Córdova, Brandon Garcia, Jonh Gonzalez, Antonio Lopez, Javier Rabadán, Juan Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Carlos Rosel, Daniel Vázquez
Forwards: Alejandro Díaz, Fernando Gonzalez, Sergio Rodriguez
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