The annual All-Star week is upon us here as the league heads to Chicago for the festivities. Tonight will be the fairly new Homegrown game that features the best of the league’s academy graduates playing in the league against one of the top Mexican academy sides from Chivas.
The MLS Homegrowns are looking for their first victory in this game as they’ve fallen each of the last two years (the first was a draw in Portland against their U-23s).
Here are three big reasons why FC Dallas fans should tune in tonight.
The HGP keeper is a beast
Jesse Gonzalez will start in his third Homegrown game. This season, Gonzalez has registered a career-high 16 matches started, putting out five shutout performances. Although he has represented Mexico at numerous youth levels, Gonzalez recently switched to the US where he received a call from Bruce Arena during the Gold Cup title run.
Pomykal could light up the scene
One guy we’ve been wanting to see a lot more of this year is Paxton Pomykal. The 17-year old made his MLS debut on March 3 against Sporting Kansas City, the first of two consecutive starts for Dallas. Most recently, Pomykal has represented the United States at the Under-18 level, scoring a goal to help the club win the 2016 Vacalv Jezek Tournament Championship in August.
A star like his father
Last and certainly not least is the youngest player in the Homegrown group, Jesus Ferreira. The son of former league MVP David Ferreira, was the second-youngest player to ever score in a MLS game. He will have a tough field of forwards to crack the lineup in though but look for him to be a difference maker off the bench for the MLS side.
How to watch
Date/Time: August 1, 2017 @ 7pm
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Online: MLS Live