There won't be a FC Dallas representative at the first ever MLS Homegrown Game. Twenty of Major League Soccer's top Homegrown players have been named to the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game roster, which will compete against the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park in Portland, 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 on Monday, August 4 and will be streamed live on WatchESPN and MLSsoccer.com.
All MLS clubs were asked to nominate eligible players for the game, and based on availability, the 20 were selected in consultation with MLS Director of Player Programs Alfonso Mondelo, who will coach the Homegrown team.
2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Roster*
Defenders: Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Karl W. Ouimette (Montreal Impact), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Steven Evans (Portland Timbers), Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal Impact), 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)
Now I know what you all are thinking, where on earth are the FC Dallas players? I was enraged about it on Twitter when the roster was announced, but after a cooling down period I was informed that FC Dallas had to opt out of sending players to this game due to a league game in LA the day before.
@wvhooligan technical side had informed league before selections that we wouldn't be participating bc of our games, but I get what you mean— Leigh Anne Gullett (@LAGullett) July 9, 2014
So there you have it. A bit of info that is understandable but like I mentioned, it is still disappointing that the FCD guys couldn't opt out on their own (or from the team) after being honored.
You can't tell me that a guy like Victor Ulloa or Moises Hernandez didn't deserve this honor more than someone like Tommy Thompson, who had been hurt most of this season or one of the guys from Montreal who hasn't played this season. No knock on them but it just seems to send a weird message that those types of players are getting honored for this while our guys didn't get anything. But that is life.