Nashville Soccer Club Academy product Alejandro Carrillo selected for inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game, presented by Allstate

NASHVILLE, TN (July 27, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club and Major League Soccer announced today that Alejandro Carrillo has been selected to play in the inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game, presented by Allstate. The game will provide a world-class experience for the best young players in North America to showcase their talent on the national stage.

“Alejandro had a great year at our academy and was rewarded with a pre-season invite to our first team in January,” said Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs. “His play in our defense has been key to the success of this group, and we are proud to see his performance recognized.”

Carrillo is a 17-year-old defender from Nashville, Tennessee who played for the Nashville United Soccer Academy before joining the Nashville SC Academy. The U-17 centre-back has shown tremendous leadership for the club on and off the pitch and has become one of the group’s most respected players.

As a physical defender, Carrillo showed a strong understanding of identifying threats while displaying an ability to play from the back and launch an attack.

“Alejandro joined the Academy in our first year after being identified at a local youth club here in Nashville. He was identified by our scouting department for showing his ability as a player, but he also demonstrated the competitive nature necessary to succeed in an MLS Academy environment,” said Nashville SC Academy Principal Kevin Flanagan. “He is a player who sets high standards for himself and that level of commitment has earned him this opportunity and recognition. I’m sure he will enjoy the experience and represent the club well in Minnesota.

The MLS NEXT All-Star Game will feature two teams competing in an East vs. West format at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota on MLS All-Star Game day, Wednesday, August 10. be streamed live and further connection 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.

The 45 players were chosen by the MLS NEXT Player Selection Committee, which is comprised of key members of the MLS Player Development Department, following the conclusion of the MLS NEXT Cup playoffs and showcase. Players must be U-18 (born 2004 or earlier) and have participated in one of the MLS NEXT domestic showcase events this season, including MLS NEXT Fest, MLS NEXT Flex, Generation adidas Cup and MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs and Showcase .

A full breakdown of the roster can be found below:

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