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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Three members of the Quakes Academy were selected to the 2022 MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate: defender Drew Murray, midfielder Cruz Medina, and goalkeeper Emi Ochoa. San Jose is one of only three MLS clubs to have three selections.

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, Aug. 10. The match will be streamed live, and further 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.

Medina, 15, and Ochoa, 17, are both on professional Homegrown Player contracts with the Earthquakes. The duo recently made their first team debuts in a friendly against Spain’s Celta de Vigo on July 20. Murray, 17, was a standout defender for the Quakes Academy U17s this season and is committed to play at UCLA. All three players participated in the Generation adidas Cup in April.

The 45 players were selected 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.

2022 MLS NEXT All-Star Game Roster - 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
2022 MLS NEXT All-Star Game Roster - West
Player
Team
Age
Alejandro Alcala
LA Galaxy
17
Christopher Aquino
Seattle Sounders FC
16
Edgar Bazan
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
15
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

About MLS NEXT

MLS NEXT is a new paradigm for player development, launched in 2020 to transform youth soccer in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest level of competition, training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life. For more information about MLS NEXT, visit www.mlssoccer.com/mlsnext.