Despite a rocky start to the season, FC Dallas will have a representative at this year’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Eighteen-year-old Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi earned his first MLS All-Star Game invitation today. He was among the 28 players honored as Major League Soccer unveiled the complete roster for the 2021 MLS All-Star Game. LAFC coach Bob Bradley, who will coach the MLS All-Stars, selected Pepi as a coach’s pick.
“It’s an honor to be called up to the All-Star Game,” said Pepi. “I wasn’t expecting it because we were watching video and preparing for the next game. It was a special moment from my family, teammates and coaches to surprise me in the locker room. I have made some big steps this season so I’m very excited and I’m happy to go to the All-Star Game.”
Pepi has scored 11 goals and recorded three assists across all competitions for FC Dallas. Following his hat trick against LA Galaxy on July 24, Ricardo Pepi earned his second MLS Team of the Week honor of the season and was named Player of the Week on July 26.
The roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (13 players), designations by All-Star Head Coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and a pair of selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. The Commissioner’s Picks for 2021 are Tajon Buchanan from New England Revolution and Cade Cowell from San Jose Earthquakes. Of the 28 players named, 24 are first-time MLS All-Stars.
Fifteen clubs are represented on this year’s All-Star Game roster: Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club, Minnesota United FC, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Sporting Kansas City. The players have ties to 14 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, United States, Uruguay.