Chicago Fire rookie left back Brandon Vincent was named to the 26-man roster for the MLS All-Star Game.
Vincent was included as one of 13 players selected by San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear, who is serving as coach due to the Earthquakes' Avaya Stadium serving as the venue for the game.
He is the first Fire All-Star since Mike Magee in 2013. Vincent has made 12 appearances for the Fire this season.
“It’s an unbelievable honor,” Vincent said in a statement released by the Fire. “I’m really excited to have been selected but I think the biggest thing is to give credit to the guys, my teammates, the club as a whole, the fans who have been with us through the ups and downs, it’s a huge testament to them. There are a lot of guys who deserve to be recognized and I’m just very happy, lucky and thankful to be the one representing this club and I look forward to it.”
Vincent is one of two members of the 2016 draft class to make the All-Star Team. Philadelphia right back Keegan Rosenberry, who went one pick ahead of Vincent in the draft at No. 3 overall, was also selected.
While his inclusion may be a surprise on the surface, Vincent's spot on the roster is likely due to Kinnear wanting to pick true left backs for the team. Left back is a notoriously tough position to find quality players, which is also one of the reasons why he has a cap with the U.S. Men's National Team.
The All-Star Game pits the MLS All-Stars against Arsenal on July 28. Check out the full roster.