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Minnesota United and MLS NEXT today announced that MNUFC Academy defender Carlos Leatherman is one of the 45 players selected to the inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate. Additionally, MNUFC2 assistant coach Jeremy Hall has been selected to manage the West Team.

Leatherman, a 17-year-old defender, is the sole representative from Minnesota United’s Academy system, where he appeared in 11 matches and scored two goals this past MLS NEXT season. He has also seen significant action in 2022 with MNUFC2. So far this season for the MLS Next Pro side, Leatherman has made 12 appearances (11 starts) on the back line and has seen 967 minutes on the pitch for the Loons to-date.

“It’s a great chance to get to represent the amazing club that I’ve been a part of the last six years,” said Leatherman about being selected for the MLS NEXT All-Star Game. “It’s really just a great opportunity to showcase my skills and is a testament to all the hard work I’ve put in with the teams throughout the years. It’s a really cool way to finish off the [MLS NEXT] year.”

Leading the West squad will be MLS great Jeremy Hall, who played 127 games for five MLS teams during his playing career and is currently in his first year as an assistant coach for MNUFC2.

“In such a short time, I feel like I’ve been able to form such a good relationship with Jeremy [Hall] and I feel like him already knowing me, it’s definitely a benefit. I know his play style, so it’ll be helpful for me when we play the game,” said Leatherman about playing on Hall’s West Team.

Two teams 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. Twenty-eight of the 29 MLS academies had at least one player selected to the inaugural rosters. Below are the full rosters of selected MLS NEXT players on their respective teams:

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
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

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.

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.