Philadelphia Union have announced their representative for the 2018 MLS Unified All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. MLS and ESPN will host the 5th annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Showcase as part of the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target in Atlanta.
The Unified Sports All-Star soccer teams will play an 11-v-11 match, featuring Unified players representing all 23 MLS clubs.
Philadelphia will be represented by first-year player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16-year-old Brandon Richards.
Richards is a forward who is opportunistic in the attacking zone. In a recent match, Richards briefly exited the contest after suffering from a muscle cramp, but when he returned to the pitch, the Philadelphia native scored several goals while playing up top.
Richards’ partner Josue Gonzalez had high praise for the Union’s All-Star as he was announced the club’s representative.
“He is a fantastic player, you would never know this was his first season playing,” Gonzalez said.
Despite this being his first year of playing, Richards has been dominating on the pitch and looks to represent Philadelphia with a strong outing at the All-Star Game in Atlanta.
When asked about the feeling he had when he found out he was selected as the Union’s Unified All-Star Athlete, Richards had this to say.
“I was very surprised, happy, and excited. I’m looking forward to my first plane ride and to visit Atlanta.”
Union fans will have their opportunity to cheer on Brandon at the 5th annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Showcase as part of the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target in Atlanta.
About Brandon Richards
Favorite Post-Game Meal: Cold Cheese Steak
Favorite Pump-Up Song: N/A
Favorite Position: Forward
Favorite Player: N/A
Best Memory: Championship Game. Brandon suffered from a muscle cramp, had to leave the game, but when he got back in the game he scored several goals!
About Josue Gonzalez — Brandon’s Partner
Favorite Post-Game Meal: Apples
Favorite Pump-Up Song: Meek Mill “Really gets me hyped”
Favorite Position: Anywhere he’s needed
Favorite Player: Cristiano Ronaldo, Le Toux, David Beckham, Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Ramos, Mohamed Salah