With the MLS All-Star break set to take place in Orlando from July 27 through the 31st, why not show some love to the players who just missed the cut? Below you’ll find our 24 man roster (same size as the All-Star roster) with the players we thought made a decent claim for the first team this season.
ST: Kacper Przybylko (Philadelphia Union)
In his debut MLS season the 26 year old Polish international has claimed the starting striker position for the top team in the East. After missing time earlier on in the season with a toe fracture, Kacper has turned it up this summer notching nine goals and one assist in only 16 games played.
ST: Mauro Manotas (Houston Dynamo)
A staple of the Dynamo goalscoring for the prior two seasons, Manotas is having himself another solid campaign. Mauro has appeared in all but one match this season for Houston and has contributed eight goals while matching his previous career high of five assists at this point in the season.
LW: Sebastian Blanco (Portland Timbers)
A key part of Portland’s ability to break on the counter with lighting quickness, Sebastian Blanco is yet again putting together a terrific 2019. With already eight assists at this point in the season, the crafty winger will most likely shatter his personal best of 11 this year. Although just three goals to his name, the Argentinian veteran will undoubtedly continue to create chances.
RW: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo)
A player whose had his name tossed around Europe in transfer rumors, Elis is once again proving that he is a certified talent on the wing. “The Panther” is having one of his most productive seasons of the year with seven goals and seven assists in only 16 matches played.
CAM: Carles Gil (New England Revolution)
The recent form of Revolution football (10 straight unbeaten) can’t be accredited all to the coaching. Gil is having himself a fine debut MLS season after struggling to contribute for multiple seasons in Europe. Gil has registered seven goals and eight assists thus far in the campaign all while leading his club in minutes played and third in MLS in chances created.
CM: Jan Gregus (Minnesota United)
Another first year MLSer, the Slovakian vet has recorded eight assists from the central midfield position. The stats may not be overwhelming, but have no doubt that Gregus has been a key addition to Heath’s squad and is a key reason why Minnesota is having their best season yet.
CM: Jamiro Monteiro (Philadelphia Union)
Not a flashy player, yet a very solid player. Monteiro has recorded a player rating of 7.56, seventh best in MLS. With four goals and six assists thus far, the explosion of offense has been a great complimentary to the defensive rock the Netherland born midfielder is known for.
LB: Ali Adnan (Vancouver Whitecaps)
We have to give some credit to Vancouver. Right? One bright spot for the club has been now permanent transfer Ali Adnan patrolling the LB spot. Ali has recorded two assists and one goal so far, but has put in exceptional work on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. If the Whitecaps had a better roster surrounding him, he would most likely be excelling even more than he is.
CB: Diego Polenta (LA Galaxy)
It’s been awhile since the Galaxy have had a CB that can compete with the elite. And that’s exactly what Polenta has done so far. It’s been a total difference this year with the new CB and his highlight tackles are beginning to add up. Not to mention the ridiculous assist against LAFC. Polenta has netted one goal and contributed a whopping four assists from a deep defensive position.
RB: Kelvin Leerdam (Seattle Sounders)
Think about the Seattle Sounders seemingly overwhelming amount of attacking threats. Now picture their right back as the second leading scorer on the roster. Second! With five goals and two assists, Leerdam is essentially out producing every defender in MLS in offensive categories. He’s pretty decent defensively as well and the native of Suriname will continue to be a focal part of the championship hungry Sounders.
GK: Bill Hamid (D.C United)
Currently third in MLS with four saves a match and second with eight clean sheets, the American vet is having another terrific year. His cat-like reflexes keep D.C in matches when their offense struggles while his mistake free nature make sure they stay ahead. Don’t be surprised to see a couple of “Save of the Week’s” from here on out.
Bench: Jozy Altidore, Daniel Royer, Vako, Christian Espinoza, Michael Barrios, Felipe Gutierrez, Albert Rusnak, Edward Atuesta, Kai Wagner, Shea Salinas, Aaron Long, Stefan Frei, Jesse Gonzalez