NEW YORK (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Major League Soccer announced the addition of Philadelphia Union defender Jakob Glesnes to the roster for the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, replacing New York City FC’s Alexander Callens.
The second-ever match pitting the stars of MLS against the best of LIGA MX will take place on August 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT at Allianz Field in Minneapolis, Minn. and will be broadcast live on ESPN, Univision, TSN or TVA Sports. Tickets are available at MLSsoccer.com/All-Star/2022.
Glesnes is named to his first career MLS All-Star Game in his third MLS season. The center back has played a vital role on the league’s staunchest defense, starting all 24 matches for a Philadelphia Union squad that leads the Eastern Conference with 45 points (12-3-9) and has allowed a league-low 18 goals in 24 matches (0.75 goals allowed per game). The 0.75 goals allowed per game is on pace for the second-best defensive record in league history, behind only 2010 Real Salt Lake (0.67 goals conceded per game).
Glesnes (2,160 minutes), along with fellow All-Stars Andre Blake and Kai Wager, have played every minute for the Union this season, and the dynamic defensive duo of Glesnes and Wagner are the only pair of teammates with at least 40 interceptions this season, with 42 and 43 respectively. The 28-year-old Norwegian has played every minute of all 58 regular season games for the Union since the start of the 2021 season and has logged 77 games played (75 starts) with four goals and four assists over this three-year MLS career.
With the addition of Glesnes, the Union are tied with Western Conference leader LAFC for the most 2022 MLS All-Star representatives with three apiece.
Full media schedule for the 2022 MLS All-Star Week in Minnesota is available here.
The complete list of all-time Union All-Stars is as follows:
2010: Sebastien Le Toux
2011: Faryd Mondragon
2012: Michael Farfan, Carlos Valdes
2013: Jack McInerney
2014: Maurice Edu
2016: Andre Blake, Keegan Rosenberry
2019: Andre Blake
2020: *No All-Star Game Held
2021: Andre Blake, Kai Wagner
2022: Andre Blake, Kai Wagner, Jakob Glesnes