Major League Soccer elected 20 players to play in its 2014 Chipotle Major League Soccer Homegrown Game, August 4, in Portland against the Portland Timbers U-23 team at Providence Park.
The roster includes three players with Big Ten roots.
Goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who played at Ohio State from 2009-2011, was named second team All-Big Ten in 2011 and earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2010. He was the 2009 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year and a second team All-Big Ten selection. Lampson was also named to the 2009 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Northwestern's Chris Ritter enjoyed a stellar college career. In 2013, Ritter was honored as first team All-Big Ten recipient and was named a second team All-American. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Ritter was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Big Ten selection. In 2011, he was tabbed second team All-Big Ten. As a freshman in 2009, Ritter was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Tommy Thompson, a forward from Indiana, was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year after scoring five goals and recording three assists. Thompson was also named second team All-Big Ten and was a member of the All-Freshman Team.
In conjunction with the MLS director of player programs Alfonso Mondelo, who will also coach the team, the 20-man roster was decided.
The game will be streamed live on August 4 at 10 p.m. ET on WatchESPN and MLSsoccer.com.