Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez replaces Taty Castellanos on MLS All-Star roster

Chris Smith
Vazquez has been in strong goalscoring form this season.
Vazquez has been in strong goalscoring form this season. / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages
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Major League Soccer has announced the addition of FC Cincinnati striker Brandon Vazquez to the roster for the All-Star Game against Liga MX next week.

Vazquez replaces Valentin Castellanos, who left reigning champions New York City FC to join La Liga side Girona recently.

It's taken six seasons for Vazquez to earn an All-Star call-up but, this year, it's well deserved, with the 23-year-old scoring 13 goals and assisting another four in 22 MLS appearances so far - only Austin FC's Sebastian Driussi has scored more (14).

Alongside his All-Star recognition, there are now increasing calls for USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter to give Vazquez a look during the September friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia - the Stars and Stripes' final fixtures before the 2022 World Cup.

The All-Star Game will be just another opportunity for Vazquez to prove himself worthy of that national team chance.


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Who else is on the 2022 MLS All-Star roster?

Goalkeepers:

  • Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union- Voted in)
  • Sean Johnson (New York City FC- Commissioner’s choice)
  • Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United- Coach’s pick) 

Defenders:

  • Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC- Voted in)
  • DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami- Coach’s pick)
  • Kai Wagner (Philadelphia Union- Voted in) 
  • Diego Palacios (LAFC- Coach’s pick)
  • Kamal Miller (CF Montreal- Commissioner's choice) 
  • Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls- Coach’s pick)
  • Alexander Callens (New York City FC- Voted in) 
  • Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy- Voted in)

Midfielders:

  • Ilie Sanchez (LAFC- Voted in)
  • Emanuel Reynoso (Minnesota United- Coach’s pick) 
  • Darlington Nagbe (Columbus Crew- Coach’s pick)
  • Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC- Coach’s pick)
  • Carles Gil (New England Revolution- Voted in)
  • Sebastian Driussi (Austin FC- Voted in)
  • Luciano Acosta (FC Cincinnati- Coach’s pick)

Forwards:

  • Ilie Sanchez (LAFC- Voted in)
  • Emanuel Reynoso (Minnesota United- Coach’s pick) 
  • Darlington Nagbe (Columbus Crew- Coach’s pick)
  • Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC- Coach’s pick)
  • Carles Gil (New England Revolution- Voted in)
  • Sebastian Driussi (Austin FC- Voted in)
  • Brandon Vazquez (FC Cincinnati - replacement)
  • Luciano Acosta (FC Cincinnati- Coach’s pick)
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