Ballou Tabla to take part in 2017 MLS Homegrown game

The team will face C.D. Guadalajara U20 team

MONTREAL – Montreal Impact midfielder Ballou Tabla was selected to take part in the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game on August 1 at 8pm, at Toyota Park. The young MLS players will face Chivas Guadalajara U20 team, current champions of the U20 Liga MX.

The 18-year-old player scored two goals and added an assist in 13 MLS games this term, including seven starts and 768 minutes. He also found the back of the net once in three Canadian Championship games, including two starts.

Tabla made his MLS debut on March 4 against the San Jose Earthquakes, entering the game as a substitute. He got his first start on April 1 against the Fire in Chicago, where he scored his first MLS goal.

Tabla joined the Montreal Impact Academy in August 2012, before signing his first MLS contract on October 20, 2016.

The 18-player team will be led by head coach Brian McBride and assistant coach Mike Magee, two former MLS players.

Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel previously played in the MLS Homegrown Game, in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

The MLS All-Star game will follow the match featuring the stars of the future on Wednesday, August 2, at 9pm EDT, as Real Madrid return to North America, this time at Soldier Field, in Chicago (TVA Sports, TSN).

2017 MLS Homegrown Team Roster

Goalkeepers: Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)

Defenders: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Derrick Etienne Jr. (New York Red Bulls), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Ballou Tabla (Montreal Impact), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire)

Forwards: Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy)

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