Press Release

Union Academy's Neil Pierre selected for 2023 MLS NEXT All-Star Game Presented by Allstate


CHESTER, Pa. (June 29, 2023) – For the second straight year, the Philadelphia Union Academy will be represented at the MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate with defender Neil Pierre selected for the event.

Pierre, an Philadelphia Union Academy standout, just completed a successful campaign with the club. In April, Pierre helped the U-17 team win the 2023 Generations adidas Cup in Bradenton, Florida, a feat accomplished for just the second time in club history. With his outstanding play, Pierre was called up to the U-16 United States Men's Youth National Team to play in the International Dream Cup in May.

Though the Union U-17 squad did not advance past the Round of 16 of the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs, his play earned him a spot on the tournament's All-Star Game roster.

The Lebanon, Pennsylvania native is the brother of current Philadelphia Union first team player Nelson Pierre, who signed a homegrown contract through 2026 in February.

MLS NEXT and Allstate will provide more than 40 of the best young players in North America with a once-in-a-lifetime player experience during MLS All-Star Week by being selected for the MLS NEXT All-Star Game presented by Allstate. Forty-four of the top MLS NEXT players, 22 per team, will showcase their talent on a national stage by competing in an East vs. West game at the Naval Academy’s Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. ET. The match will be streamed live. Further tune-in details will be available at a later date.

The event is free and open to the public. Fans are highly encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the game due to security restrictions. Pedestrians can enter through the Naval Academy Visitors Center where they must go through security and present a valid US ID.