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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 27, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club and Major League Soccer announced today that Alejandro Carrillo has been selected as part of the roster to compete in the inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game, presented by Allstate. The game will provide a world-class experience for the best young players in North America to showcase their talent on a national stage.  

“Alejandro had a great year in our academy and was rewarded with a preseason invite with our first team in January,” said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs. “His play in our defense has been a key in that group’s success, and we are proud to see his performances recognized.”    

Carrillo is a 17-year-old defender from Nashville, Tenn. who played for Nashville United Soccer Academy prior to joining the Nashville SC Academy. The U-17s centerback has demonstrated a tremendous amount of leadership for the club on and off the pitch and become one of the most respected players within the group.    

As a physical defender, Carrillo has displayed a solid understanding on identifying threats while displaying an ability to play out of the back and to start an attack.    

“Alejandro joined the Academy in our first year after being identified at a local youth club here in Nashville. He was identify by our scouting department for showing his ability as a player but he also displayed the competitive character necessary to succeed in an MLS Academy environment,” said Nashville SC Academy Director Kevin Flanagan. “He is a player that sets high standards for himself and that level of commitment has helped earn him this opportunity and recognition. I’m sure he will enjoy the experience and represent the club well in Minnesota.”  

The MLS NEXT All-Star Game will feature two teams that will compete in an East vs. West format at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. on the day of the MLS All-Star Game, Wednesday, August 10. The match will be streamed live and further tune-in details will be available at a later date. Admission to the MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate at the National Sports Center is free of cost.  

The 45 players were chosen by the MLS NEXT Player Selection Committee, which is made up of key MLS Player Development department personnel, following the conclusion of the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs and Showcase. Players must have been U-18 (born in 2004 or earlier) and have competed in one of the MLS NEXT national showcase events this season, including MLS NEXT Fest, MLS NEXT Flex, Generation adidas Cup, and MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs and Showcase.  

A full breakdown of the roster can be found below:

West
Player
Team
Age
Alejandro Alcala
LA Galaxy
17
Christopher Aquino
Seattle Sounders FC
16
Edgar Bazan
Sporting Kansas City
16
Adam Beaudry
Colorado Rapids
16
Alejandro Carrillo
Nashville SC
17
Kevin Chavarria
Colorado Rapids
17
Mihail Gherasimencov
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
17
Andre Gitau
Houston Dynamo FC
16
Anthony Gonzalez
Austin FC
17
Stuart Hawkins
Seattle Sounders FC
16
Gershon Henry
Real Salt Lake
16
Bryce Jamison
Barca Residency Academy
16
Marcus Lee
Strikers
16
Carlos Leatherman
Minnesota United FC
17
Cruz Medina
San Jose Earthquakes
16
Malachi Molina
FC Dallas
16
Bryan Moyado
Los Angeles FC
17
Drew Murray
San Jose Earthquakes
17
Emmanuel Ochoa
San Jose Earthquakes
17
Kevin Rodriguez Andrade
San Francisco Glens
17
Ian Shaul
Portland Timbers
16
Roka Tsunehara
De Anza Force
16
Fritz Volmar
St. Louis CITY SC
17
East
Player
Team
Age
Ignacio Alem
D.C. United
16
Esmir Bajraktarevic
New England Revolution
17
Israel Boatwright
Inter Miami CF
17
Thomas Bouffard
CF Montréal
17
Brian Carmona Romero
Charlotte FC
16
Noah Cobb
Atlanta United FC
17
Benjamin Cremaschi
Inter Miami CF
17
Giorgio DeLibera
Columbus Crew
17
Bento Estrela
New York Red Bulls
16
David Garcia
FC Cincinnati
18
Alejandro Granados Torres
Orlando City SC
16
Malachi Grant
Atlanta United FC
16
Colin Griffith
PDA
18
Daniel Krueger
Philadelphia Union
16
Stanislav Lapkes
Columbus Crew
16
Favian Loyola
Orlando City SC
17
Jack Panayotou
New England Revolution
18
Adam Pearlman
Toronto FC
17
Andrew Rick
Philadelphia Union
16
Diego Rossi
New York City FC
17
Kobi Thomas
Inter Miami CF
17
Marcos Zambrano-Delgado
Philadelphia Union
17