Twenty-two of Major League Soccer’s top academy prospects will play Chivas de Guadalajara’s U-20 team in the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer July 30.
The Homegrown Game has been an annual showcase since 2014 and will be held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. on the eve of the MLS All-Star Game, which is being held at Exploria Stadium.
Five of the 22 players – goalkeeper David Ochoa, defender Aboubacar Keita, midfielders Edwin Cerillo and Brandon Servania and forward Justin Rennicks – were part of the United States U-20 men’s national team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in June.
The Homegrown roster includes players from 15 of MLS’ 24 teams and is coached by Orlando City SC Academy Director Marcelo Neveleff.
Orlando City SC has two representatives: goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar and forward Benji Michel, who has made six 2019 regular season appearances and received his first call to a U.S. U-23 camp in June.
FC Dallas has the most players on the roster of any MLS team, with four.
Every Homegrown Game since 2015 has pit MLS players against either the Mexican U-20 men’s national team or a U-20 Mexican club team. The Homegrown team carry a 0-2-2 record into this year’s exhibition.
Chivas de Guadalajara’s U-20 team won the 2019 Liga MX Clausura U-20 title and features players who have competed with the club’s reserve team. The Chivas roster will be named at a later date.
2019 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer Roster
Goalkeepers: Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC)
Defenders: Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC), Daniel Kinumbe (Montreal Impact), Erik McCue (Houston Dynamo), Noble Okello (Toronto FC), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas), Thomas Roberts (FC Dallas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas)
Forwards: Theo Bair (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Handwalla Bwana (Seattle Sounders FC), Mathieu Choinière (Montreal Impact), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution)