Paxton Pomykal and Nick Rimando complete MLS all-star squad

U.S. U-20 star Paxton Pomykal and veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who is more than twice his age, were the two players picked by MLS commissioner Don Garber to complete the MLS all-star squad for the 26-player team that will face Atletico Madrid July 31 in Orlando.

In his first year as a full-time starter, the 19-year-old Pomykal has emerged an invaluable starter in the young FC Dallas midfield. Rimando, 40, owns nearly every league record at his position ahead of his retirement at the end of the 2019 season with Real Salt Lake.

Fifteen players in all were added to the team of 11 players first selected in a vote of fans. The other 13 were selected by All-Star head coach James O’Connor, the Orlando City head coach.

The additions include four players playing in the Gold Cup -- Andre Blake (Jamaica), Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico), Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica) and Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada) -- and two who are at the Copa America -- 2018 MLS MVP Josef Martinez (Venezuela) and Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay).

Two of the additions are first-year players: Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC) and French-born  Madagascar international defender Romain Metanire (Minnesota United).



2019 MLS All-Stars:
Goalkeepers:

Brad Guzan^ (Atlanta United)
Andre Blake* (Philadelphia Union)
Nick Rimando# (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders:
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez^ (Atlanta United)
Walker Zimmerman^ (LAFC)
Graham Zusi^ (Sporting Kansas City)
Matt Hedges* (FC Dallas)
Kemar Lawrence* (New York Red Bulls)
Romain Metanire* (Minnesota United)
Bastian Schweinsteiger* (Chicago Fire)
Midfielders:
Ezequiel Barco^ (Atlanta United)
Pity Martínez^ (Atlanta United)
Nani^ (Orlando City SC)
Jonathan dos Santos^ (LA Galaxy)
Diego Chara* (Portland Timbers)
Mark-Anthony Kaye* (LAFC)
Nicolás Lodeiro* (Seattle Sounders)
Maxi Moralez* (NYCFC)
Alejandro Pozuelo* (Toronto FC)
Diego Rossi* (LAFC)
Paxton Pomykal# (FC Dallas)
Forwards:
Zlatan Ibrahimovi^ (LA Galaxy)
Wayne Rooney^ (D.C. United)
Carlos Vela^ (LAFC)
Josef Martínez* (Atlanta United)
Chris Wondolowski* (San Jose Earthquakes)

Note:
^Fan XI selection
*James O’Connor selection
#Commissioner Don Garber selection

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