One New England Revolution player got a surprise call on Friday morning from Major League Soccer.
French central midfielder Wilfried Zahibo, who joined New England last offseason, was named to the MLS All-Star team for this year’s All-Star Game in Atlanta, Ga., on August 1 against reigning Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
Zahibo was a surprise call up from the Revolution; for weeks, Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner and midfielders Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury were identified as potential All-Star Game participants.
The Revolution acquired Zahibo, 24, on a free transfer from La Liga 2’s Gimnastic in January. He has logged three goals and four assists in 16 appearances for the Revs this season and has established himself as one of the most physical and offensive-minded central midfielders in the league.
Zahibo is New England’s 18th MLS All-Star Game call up since 2005; current team members Andrew Farrell (2016) and Chris Tierney (2015) have also been called in the past.
This year will mark MLS’ second All-Star Game featuring a foe from the Italian Serie A. In 2013, the MLS All-Stars lost to Roma 3-1 in Kansas City.
The MLS All-Stars are 9-6 all-time.