2022 MLS Best XI presented by Continental Tire
The best of the best. Major League Soccer on Wednesday unveiled the 2022 MLS Best XI presented by Continental Tire, recognizing the league’s top players at each position.
2022 (Philadelphia): Wagner made 33 appearances (33 starts) at left back in 2022, totaling 15 assists...Registered his first assist of the season against CF Montreal (3/5)...Recorded his second assist of the season against NYCFC (3/19)...Recorded his third assist of the season against Charlotte FC (4/2)...Registered his fourth assist of the season against LAFC (5/7)...Registered his fifth assist of the season against Portland (5/22) and earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week (Week 13)...Became the sixth player in club history to pick up three assists in one match (7/8)...Recorded his ninth assist of the season against MIA (7/13)... Wagner is the first outfield player in Philadelphia history to be selected to consecutive All-Star games after earning the honor in 2021...Registered his 12th assist of the season against Colorado Rapids (8/27)...Picked up his 13th assist of the season against ATL (8/31)...Became the 13th player in club history to reach the century mark for appearances...became the first defender in league history to register 15 assists in a single season.
2021 (Philadelphia): Wagner made 41 appearances (39 starts) at left back in 2021 across all competitions, recording seven assists...Held down the left side of the field in order to provide another clean sheet for the Union during the team's 3-0 first leg Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal win against Atlanta United FC (Apr. 27)...Provided an assist during the Union's 2-0 victory over Chicago (May 8)...Scored a rocket-like free kick at home against the Chicago Fire where the Union tied one of their Eastern Conference rivals 1-1 (Aug. 1)...Earned a spot on week 16's MLS Team of the Week...Wagner was selected for the 2021 MLS All-Star team for the first time in career becoming the ninth player selected in Union history...Assisted captain Alejandro Bedoya during the 1-0 victory at home vs. NYCFC (Aug. 18)... Scored his second goal of the season against Orlando (Sep. 19)...Scored his third goal of the season against CF Montreal (Oct. 16).. Recorded his fifth assist of the season against Minnesota United FC (Oct. 20)...Recorded a brace of assists against Toronto FC (Oct.27)...Made his second postseason start against Nashville SC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs (Nov. 28).
2020 (Philadelphia): Wagner made 14 appearances (14 starts) for the Union at leftback, scoring one goal and adding two assists ... Helped the Union secure a 1-0 victory over NYCFC (July 9), the first shutout of the season ... Netted his first goal of the season in the 5th minute of the Union’s 2-1 victory over Inter Miami (July 14) ... Helped secure a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over New England Revolution (July 25) to send the Union to the MLS is Back Quarterfinals...Added a pair of assists in the Union's 5-0 home victory over Toronto FC (October 24).
2019 (Philadelphia): Wagner made 30 appearances (30 starts) for the Union this season at leftback, totaling eight assists ... made his team debut with a start in the season opener vs. Toronto (March 2) ... notched his first assist as the member of the Union on Brenden Aaronson's goal at Atlanta (March 17) ... assisted on Alejandro Bedoya's goal vs. Montreal (April 20) ... missed the matches at Vancouver (April 27) and vs. Cincinnati (May 1) through red-card suspension and subsequent supplemental discipline ... returned to the lineup vs. New England (May 4) and contributed an assist in the 6-1 win ... recorded his fourth assist of the season with a secondary helper on Kacper Przybylko's goal vs. Portland (May 25) ... tied an all-time Union record with five blocked shots in one match during the 3-2 win at Minnesota (June 2) ... missed the match at Real Salt Lake (July 13) with a quad injury ... returned to the lineup and notched his fifth assist of the season on Marco Fabian's set piece goal vs. Chicago (July 20); was named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 20) for his efforts ... served a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation at Montreal (July 27) ... contributed his sixth assist of the season with a game-winning helper on Marco Fabian's first goal at D.C. United (August 4) ... tallied assist number seven with a helper on the opening goal vs. D.C. United (August 24) ... tied Sheanon Williams' all-time single-season club record with his eighth assist as a defender, helping set up the game-winning goal vs. Atlanta (August 31).
2018-19 (Philadelphia/Würzburger Kickers): Wagner joined the Union for an undisclosed transfer fee during Philadelphia's preseason. Prior to the move, he had totaled two assists in 13 games for Würzburger.
2017-18 (Würzburger Kickers): In his first season with Würzburger Kickers, Wagner made 27 league appearances, registering one assist, vs. Hallescher FC (April 14).
2016-17 (FC Schalke 04 II): Wagner spent one season with FC Schalke 04, playing for the club’s reserves. He notched one assist across 33 appearances.
2015-16 (SSV Ulm 1846): In his first full senior professional season, Wagner notched one goal and seven assists for Ulm across 32 appearances.
ACQUIRED: Philadelphia Union sign defender Kai Wagner in exchange for an undisclosed transfer fee on February 6, 2019.
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