BLAINE, MINN. (Wednesday, August 10, 2022) – In the inaugural MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate, the East team defeated the West squad with a late comeback, earning a 2-1 victory. The East team was led by the player of the game, Favian Loyola from Orlando City SC, who helped turn around a 1-0 deficit in the second half with his play on the wing.
The San Jose Earthquakes’ Cruz Medina scored the first goal in the history of the MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate just six minutes into the match, when his deflected strike from outside of the box made its way past the flat-footed East All-Star goalkeeper (Watch Here).
The West held the 1-0 advantage until the 86th minute; however, Inter Miami CF’s Benjamin Cremaschi was taken down by the goalkeeper in the box for a penalty kick. Toronto FC defender and captain of the East All-Stars Adam Pearlman stepped up to take the kick, but fooled the opposition, playing a pass to Cremaschi who darted into the box and smashed in the game-tying goal (Watch Here). As regulation time dwindled and the game appeared headed for penalty kicks, Philadelphia Union standout Marcos Zambrano-Delgado made sure that would not happen, slotting home the game-winner after the New England Revolution’s Jack Panayotou provided the crucial cross (Watch Here).
2022 MLS NEXT All-Star Game Presented by Allstate – GAME NOTES
1 2 T
East 0 2 2
West 1 0 1
WEST – Cruz Medina (San Jose Earthquakes), 6’
EAST – Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF), 86’
EAST – Marcos Zambrano-Delgado (Philadelphia Union), 89'
Player of the Game
East All-Star Favian Loyola (Orlando City SC)
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MLS NEXT is a new paradigm for player development, launched in 2020 to transform youth soccer in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest level of competition, training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life. Membership for the 2021-22 season includes 133 clubs, 598 teams and over 12,000 players across the U.S. and Canada. Official partners of MLS NEXT include adidas, Allstate, DoorDash, and the University of South Carolina. For more information about MLS NEXT, visit www.mlssoccer.com/mlsnext.
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