Major League Soccer announced the full roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game on July 28, and Orlando City has two selections. Canadian striker Cyle Larin and Brazilian captain Kaká will represent the City Beautiful when the MLS All-Stars take on Arsenal FC at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA. City is one of just six clubs to have more than one All-Star.
Kaká earns his second MLS All-Star selection despite missing more than half the Lions’ games in 2016 due to injury. He was selected game MVP last year after scoring a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. So far this season, he has three goals and five assists in nine matches (all starts). The captain was named the MLS Player of the Week in Week 4 after scoring a goal and adding two assists in the Lions’ 4-1 win over Portland on April 3 and was selected to the MLS Team of the Week in Week 16 after netting the game-winning goal against Toronto FC on June 25.
Earning his first All-Star selection, Cyle Larin will be the youngest player on the MLS roster at age 21. Making a name for himself by earning 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year honors, he has followed up with another strong campaign in 2016, leading the Lions with nine goals, which is tied for third in the league in just 18 games played. He has also tallied his first three career assists this season. The Canadian was named to the MLS Team of the Week after scoring and assisting in the 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake in the season opener and again after scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact in Week 12.
The two Lions join a 26-man squad of recognized and world-class talents selected by All-Star and San Jose Earthquakes Head Coach Dominic Kinnear, taking into consideration the All-Star Fan XI and player voting and the Commissioner’s Picks.
Here's the full roster:
2016 MLS All-Star Game Roster
Goalkeepers (2): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union).
Defenders (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC).
Midfielders (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC).
Forwards (7): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)