MLS All-Star Squad 2021: Carlos Vela, Nani, and 6 Seattle Sounders FC Players Included

Published 08/05/2021, 2:49 PM EDT

MLS released their 28-member squad to take on the best of Liga MX 2021 MLS All-Star Game. Seattle Sounders FC, New England Revolution, and Los Angeles FC were the clubs with the most players in the squad.


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Carlos Vela (Forward, Los Angeles FC): Vela has consistently been one of the best players in the league for the past three years. The Mexican star is undoubtedly LAFC’s best player and still holds the record for the highest amount of goal contributions in a single season with 34 goals and 15 assists in 2019.

Nani (Forward, Orlando City SC): Nani is a player who has played with the best in Europe. The former Manchester United star has proven his worth for Orlando with 29 goals and 16 assists in 71 appearances.


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Chicharito (Forward, Los Angeles Galaxy): Another player who played for Manchester United in his prime, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, took a while to get started in the MLS. However, he has scored 10 goals in 10 starts for LA Galaxy and is looking to challenge Raul Ruidiaz for that top scorer award.

The other players to be selected were:

Diego Rossi (Forward, Los Angeles FC)

Cade Cowell (Forward, San Jose Earthquakes)

Ricardo Pepi (Forward, FC Dallas)

Daniel Salloi (Forward, Sporting Kansas City)

Tajon Buchanan (Forward, New England Revolution)

Gustavo Bou (Forward, New England Revolution)

Eduard Atuesta (Midfielder, Los Angeles FC)

Carles Gil (Midfielder, New England Revolution)

Damir Kreilach (Midfielder, Real Salt Lake)

Emanuel Reynoso (Midfielder, Minnesota United FC)

Lucas Zelarayan (Midfielder, Columbus Crew)

Jesus David Murillo (Defender, Los Angeles FC)

Julian Araujo (Defender, Los Angeles Galaxy)

Miles Robinson (Defender, Atlanta United)

James Sands (Defender, New York City FC)

Kai Wagner (Defender, Philadelphia Union)

Walker Zimmerman (Defender, Nashville SC)

Matt Turner (Goalkeeper, New England Revolution)

Pedro Gallese (Goalkeeper, Orlando City SC)

Seattle Sounders FC has the most amount of players on the All-Star squad 

The Seattle Sounders FC team had six players in the All-Star squad, which was proof of their success this season and the one before it. Led by forward and league top scorer this season Raul Ruidiaz, the Sounders are primed to improve on their sixth-place finish last season as they are third right now.

The players selected from Seattle Sounders FC are:

Raul Ruidiaz (Forward)

Cristian Roldan (Midfielder)


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Joao Paulo (Midfielder)

Yeimar (Defender)

Nouhou (Defender)


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Alex Roldan (Defender)


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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.