On Tuesday, July 26, MLS WORKS and ESPN will host a Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match featuring Special Olympics All-Stars representing 18 MLS clubs from the U.S. and Canada.


The two Unified Sports All-Star soccer teams (comprised of players both with and without intellectual disabilities, wearing uniforms provided by adidas) will play a match, consisting of two 35-minute halves, at Avaya Stadium immediately following MLS All-Star open training. The team uniforms for the game will be provided by adidas.


ESPN soccer analyst and commentator Taylor Twellman will serve as sideline reporter, providing color commentary and interviews with players and coaches throughout the match. MLS All-Stars will be on hand greeting the athletes as they take the field, and San Jose Earthquakes players will serve as celebrity coaches for both teams, as well as presenting the Unified athletes with medals following the game.


The game will showcase the Special Olympics Unified Sports exchange program, the cornerstone of the ongoing partnership between MLS and Special Olympics North America. Through the Unified Sports soccer exchange program, Unified soccer teams from MLS cities travel to other MLS markets to compete in exhibition matches with their Special Olympics counterparts. Unified matches are scheduled in conjunction with MLS club matches, providing MLS fans with an opportunity to witness first-hand the talents and abilities of Special Olympics athletes. Supporting the matches is ESPN, media partner to both MLS and Special Olympics International and the Global Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports.


Eastern Conference All-Stars

#1
F
James Day Keith
New England Revolution
#2
M
Julia Marie Keith
New England Revolution
#3
F
Aaron B. Elman
Columbus Crew SC
#4
M
Emily Schultz
Columbus Crew SC
#5
D
Ahmed Wague
New York City FC
#6
F
Andeano Sewell
New York City FC
#7
F
Ethan Harvey
Chicago Fire
#8
F
Mark Jerabek
Chicago Fire
#9
F
Peter H. Poole
NY Red Bulls
#10
M
Jason Poole
NY Red Bulls
#11
D
Justin Sherlock
Philadelphia Union
#12
F
Tariq Fontroy
Philadelphia Union
#13
M
Kevin Guzman
D.C. United
#14
M
Dennis Mendizabal
D.C. United
#15
D
Brandon Grove
Toronto FC
#16
D
Brianna Cuzzolino
Toronto FC
#17
Cesar Barreto
Orlando City SC
#18
Daniel Huertas
Orlando City SC

Western Conference All-Stars

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#1
F
Matthew Weiser
Houston Dynamo
#2
M
Hayden Dyson
Houston Dynamo
#3
F
Scott Stephens
Colorado Rapids
#4
M
Jonathan Stephens
Colorado Rapids
#5
D
Laurence Fairchild
FC Dallas
#6
M
Douglas Sullivan
FC Dallas
#7
F
Tyler C. Melhorn
Sporting Kansas City
#8
D
Walter Hayes
Sporting Kansas City
#9
F
Malik Amir Franks
LA Galaxy
#10
F
Rafael Lopez
LA Galaxy
#11
Raymond Morrow
Portland Timbers
#12
D
Matthew McMillen
Portland Timbers
#13
M
Boston Iacobazzi
Real Salt Lake
#14
F
Ivan Yin
Real Salt Lake
#15
Cody Peterson
Seattle Sounders FC
#16
Nikole Cruz
Seattle Sounders FC
#17
F
Eli Thornton
San Jose Earthquakes
#18
Joel Aguado
San Jose Earthquakes

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