Crew sending 5 to MLS All-Star Game

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The Crew may not have had a player voted onto the MLS All-Star Game roster, but the Black & Gold will be sending more players than anyone else in the league. Five Crew players have been named to the 30-mam roster that will face the Liga MX all-stars on July 24th at Field. Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy, who will lead the MLS team, chose Cucho Hernandez, Diego Rossi, Steven Moreira, and Rudy Camacho. Darlington Nagbe was chosen by MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Cucho Hernandez

A back injury and some internal issues with the team held down his production through the first part of the season. But since the club returned from the CONCACAF Champions Cup final, the reigning MLS Cup MVP has been on fire. He has six goals and three assists in the Crew’s last four matches. With his goal against New England on Saturday, he becomes the ninth player in Crew history to record consecutive 10-goal seasons (he had 16 in 2023). This is his first all-star selection.

Diego Rossi

The native of Uruguay’s MLS season got off to a very slow start. He did not record his first league goal until the Crew’s 12th game. He’s rebounded from that lethargic start to record five goals and five assists in the last seven games. While his MLS season did not get out of the gate in a positive way, he was easily the club’s offensive MVP through the Champions Cup competition. In the four games played against Tigres and Monterrey, Rossi scored three goals and added an assist. Without him, the Crew may not have made the final. He was named to the All-Star Game in 2019 as well.

Steven Moreira

In 2023, he came very close to being named to MLS Best XI. He’s one of the league’s better center-backs, but you don’t hear his name discussed all that often. Moreira certainly deserves this selection-his first. While he’s been stellar as usual on the Crew’s back line, he’s also added a couple of goals as well this season, including one on a screamer of shot from about 30 yards out against Portland back in April. He helped Cape Verde to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations back in January.

Rudy Camacho

The veteran defender’s selection may be the most surprising of any MLS player, but no less deserved. He has a solid 7.15 per-game average rating (out of a possible 10) on Fotmob. When he joined the Crew last summer, he stabilized the back line and helped improve what was a questionable defense to that point. The 33-year-old native of France scored his first goal for the Crew against New England Friday night-the eighth of his career.

Darlington Nagbe

This is the third all-star selection and second with the Crew for the club’s captain. Nagbe is simply an MLS legend. One of only ten players in league history to play 400 games and one of only ten who have won 4 MLS Cups. Before Aidan Morris departed for English side Middlesbrough, the two formed MLS’ best midfield duo. Soon to be 34, he shows no signs of slowing down.

These five bring the Crew’s all-time All-Star selection total to 31. Brian McBride, who was the game’s MVP in 1998, is the club’s all-time leader with seven selections.