FC Dallas midfielder Danny Garcia, Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer and Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo have been named to the 20-man roster for the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game that will be played on Monday, August 4 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.
These three players will replace Montreal Impact’s Karl W. Ouimette and Wandrille Lefevre, both of whom had to withdraw from the game due to the Impact’s CONCACAF Champions League group match that has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, as well as Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin, who has been named to the AT&T MLS All-Star team.
Twenty of Major League Soccer’s top Homegrown players will take on the Portland Timbers U-23s as part of the festivities leading up to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The game will kick off at 10 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on WatchESPN and MLSsoccer.com. Fans can secure free tickets to the game by visiting Chipotle.com/Homegrown. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and quantities are limited.Bios for Additional PlayersDanny Garcia Midfielder FC Dallas Born: October 14, 1993FC Dallas’ 11th Homegrown player signing, Garcia has started all four games he has played in this season. Was the ACC Freshman of the Year in his only season with the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012 and was a member of the U.S. U-20 World Cup team.
Zach Pfeffer Midfielder Philadelphia Union Born: January 6, 1995The Union’s first homegrown player signing, he was the fourth youngest player to sign an MLS contract at the age of 15. His MLS debut came against the Columbus Crew on September 17, 2011. He has represented the United States at the U-14, U-15, U-18 and U-20 levels and trained at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl., as a part of the U.S. Soccer U-17 residency program. Pfeffer spent last season on loan with TSG Hoffenheim 1899 in Germany and has made four appearances, including one start for the Union this season.
Carlos Salcedo Defender Real Salt Lake Born: September 29, 1993A graduate of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, made 13 appearances for RSL last season, 12 of which were starts. A presence on the defensive side of RSL’s roster, he has two appearances for Salt Lake this season with one start.
2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Roster Goalkeeper: Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew)Defenders: Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake)Midfielders: Steven Evans (Portland Timbers), Danny Garcia (FC Dallas), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Chris Ritter (Chicago Fire), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)Forwards: Caleb Calvert (Chivas USA), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)