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FRISCO, Texas (July 12, 2022) – FC Dallas and U.S. Men’s National Team stars Jesús Ferreira and Paul Arriola earned their first MLS-Star Game invitation today. They were among the 26 players honored as Major League Soccer unveiled the complete roster for the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath will coach the MLS-All Stars as they take on the best of LIGA MX for the second consecutive season on August 10 at 7:30 PM CT at Allianz Field in Minnesota.

Ferreira, 21, sits one goal off the MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi leaderboard with a career-high 11 goals and has added four assists, while pacing an explosive FC Dallas offense in 2022. The first Homegrown Designated Player in FC Dallas history, Jesús Ferreira earns his first MLS All-Star bid in the 21-year-old’s breakout campaign. Ferreira scored five goals over a three-week span in Weeks 4-6, including his first career MLS hat trick on March 19 vs. Portland. Ferreira continues to play his way into a major role for the United States Men’s National Team with seven goals and four assists in 12 first-team appearances and he became the fifth player in USMNT history to score four goals in a match, doing so against Grenada on June 10, 2022.

Ferreira is the fourth FC Dallas Homegrown Player to be selected for the MLS All-Star Game, joining Kellyn Acosta (2016, 2017), Paxton Pomykal (2019) and Ricardo Pepi (2021). Ferreira also shares this special honor with his father, David Ferreira, who was selected for the 2010 MLS All-Star Game. Jesús and David are the only father-son duo to participate in an MLS All-Star Game.

Arriola, 27, has made an immediate impact on the FC Dallas front line after Dallas acquired by him in a blockbuster trade during the offseason. In 18 matches this season, Arriola has set his career-high in goals scored (eight), including a stretch of five consecutive matches with at least one goal scored from May 7-28. His success during the month of May earned Arriola MLS Player of the Month recognition. 

Arriola and Ferreira have scored in the same match three times this season, winning all three matches (4-1 vs. Portland, 2-0 vs. Seattle and 3-1 vs. LA Galaxy), and have collectively carried that success into their time with United States Men’s National Team where they have scored in the same match twice this year (5-1 vs. Panama and 5-0 vs. Grenada).

The roster was selected through a combination of fan, player, and media voting (12 players), designations by All-Star head coach Adrian Heath (12 players), and a pair of selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. The Commissioner’s Picks for the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target are New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson and CF Montréal standout defender Kamal Miller.

Sixteen clubs are represented on this year’s All-Star Game roster: Austin FC, FC Cincinnati, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Inter Miami CF, LA Galaxy, LAFC, Minnesota United FC, CF Montréal, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, NYCFC, Philadelphia Union, and Seattle Sounders FC. The players have ties to 10 different countries: Argentina (four players), Canada (two), Ecuador (one), Germany (two), Greece (one), Jamaica (one), Mexico (three), Peru (two), Spain (two), and the United States (eight). Additionally, 14 of the 26 players will be making their MLS All-Star Game presented by Target debut.

The matchup between the MLS All-Stars and the best of LIGA MX will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision in the U.S., TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, on ESPN throughout Mexico and Latin America, and in more than 190 countries around the world. Tickets are available at MLSsoccer.com/All-Star or by clicking here.

2022 MLS All-Star Roster
Name
Club
Pos.
Luciano Acosta
FC Cincinnati
AM
Julián Araujo
LA Galaxy
RB
Paul Arriola
FC Dallas
FW
Andre Blake
Philadelphia Union
GK
Alexander Callens
New York City FC
CB
Valentín Castellanos
New York City FC
FW
Sebastián Driussi
Austin FC
AM
Jesús Ferreira
FC Dallas
FW
Taxiarchis Fountas
D.C. United
FW
Carles Gil
New England Revolution
AM
Javier Hernández
LA Galaxy
FW
Sean Johnson
New York City FC
GK
Aaron Long
New York Red Bulls
CB
Kamal Miller
CF Montréal
DEF
Jordan Morris
Seattle Sounders FC
FW
Hany Mukhtar
Nashville SC
AM
Darlington Nagbe
Columbus Crew
DM
Diego Palacios
LAFC
LB
Emanuel Reynoso
Minnesota United FC
AM
Raúl Ruidíaz
Seattle Sounders FC
FW
Ilie Sánchez
LAFC
DM
Dayne St. Clair
Minnesota United FC
GK
Carlos Vela
LAFC
FW
Kai Wagner
Philadelphia Union
LB
DeAndre Yedlin
Inter Miami CF
RB
Walker Zimmerman
Nashville SC
CB