The Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game will feature the best Homegrown players from across the league. Showcasing the talent, commitment and passion of these athletes, this first-time national match will be played during AT&T™ MLS All-Star Week at Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers.
The MLS Homegrown program fosters the development of Homegrown Academy players within each Club’s program, supporting their commitment to the sport and their Club. The following Homegrown players from the MLS have been selected to compete against the Portland Timbers U-23s.
Product of the Sporting KC Juniors Development Academy, he became Sporting KC’s first Homegrown Player on August 31, 2011 at the age of 17 and was the youngest signing in club history. Currently is an active member of the U-20 and U-23 US Men’s National Team and is currently on loan to USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC.
2013 Crew Humanitarian of the Year, he made 13 starts in goal and complied a record of 7-6-0 with a 1.38 GAA and 5 shutouts in 2013. Signed as a Homegrown Player on December 15, 2011, helped the Crew Soccer Academy advance to the Academy National finals in 2008.
Began his MLS Academy career during his senior year of high school in December 2007 followed by a standout collegiate career at St. John’s University amassing 81 appearances. Signed as a Homegrown Player in December 2011, he has appeared in over 30 MLS contests in three professional seasons.
Was called up to the Canadian National Team during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. He was named the 2011 U-20 Canadian Player of the Year and is entering his fourth season in MLS with over 65 appearances on his resume.
Product of the Colorado Rapids Development Academy and signed as a Homegrown Player in June 2012. Lead the Rapids U-18’s in scoring with 10 goals in 15 games. In three seasons as a pro, he has played in over 40 games.
The 17-year-old Homegrown defender is the youngest signing in club history and is the only player born in 1997 currently on a team’s roster in MLS. He is considered one of the top youth prospects for his age in the country and an active member of the United States U-18 and U-20 Men’s National Team.
A 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.
Became the clubs second Homegrown Player in January 2013 after playing four seasons with the Timbers U-23s helping the team win the 2010 PDL Championship and ranks among the teams all-time leaders in games played and goals. Was named the Timbers 2014 Community Player of the Year for his work in the local community.
FC 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.
The Union’s first homegrown player signing, he was the fourth youngest player to sign an MLS contract. His MLS debut came against the Columbus Crew on September 17, 2011. He has represented the United States at the U-14 and U-15 levels and trained at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl., as a part of the U.S. Soccer U-17 residency program.
Chicago native and product of the Chicago Fire Academy, he played five years at Northwestern University after suffering an injury during his freshman year. Made his MLS debut on June 1, 2014 against the LA Galaxy.
Voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in Chicago’s 5-4 win against New York in Week 10. A favorite for Rookie of the Year, Shipp has tallied five goals and four assists in 13 games this season.
An attack-minded player who can play on the left side of midfield, he joined MLS after signing a Generation adidas contract as a Homegrown player in March 2011. Named Canadian U-17 Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, he made his MLS debut on March 19, 2011.
Prior to a successful collegiate career at CSU Bakersfield, Zardes played for the Galaxy Academy U-18’s and U-20’s from 2008-2010. He was signed as a Homegrown Player in 2012 and over the past two seasons has appeared 32 times with 4 goals and 4 assists. CLICK HERE to watch Gyasi demonstrate Volleying on Goal.
Served as Columbus Crew Academy captain for the U-16 and U-18 teams and was the two-time Academy player of the year in 2009 and 2010. Made his professional debut in 2013 with 16 starts earning the Crew’s Breakout Performance of the Year award while becoming the fourth Homegrown Player in club history.
Led the nation in goals with 22 during the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, earning him National Player of the Year honors before being signed as a Homegrown Player in July 2013.
Named to the USL PRO Team of the Week on May 27 after scoring his first two goals as a professional for LA Galaxy II against OKC Energy FC; earned his second USL PRO Team of the Week honors on June 10.
Played for the Sounders FC U-23s and Academy. Became the first academy player to play in the MLS Reserve League for Sounders FC. Attended Wake Forest University earning all-ACC honors in three collegiate seasons. Made his MLS debut for Seattle on March 8 vs. Sporting KC.
Member of the Rapids youth system playing for both the U-16 and U-18 Development Academy teams. Spent one season at the University of Akron and was named to Soccer America All-Freshman First Team. Signed by the Rapids as a Homegrown Player in January 2014 and scored his first MLS goal on April 26 @ Seattle.
Signed as San Jose’s first Homegrown Player in January 2014, played one year of college soccer at Indiana University where he was named Big-Ten freshman of the year. Made his MLS debut on June 7 @ Toronto FC.
Improve your techniques and learn new ones by watching LA Galaxy and U.S. Men's National Team Defender Omar Gonzalez and his Galaxy teammate and MLS Homegrown player, Gyasi Zardes.