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Thiago Martins named to 2024 MLS All-Star Team

The center-back is the only New York City FC player to make the squad this year — and the 14th All-Star in club history.

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Earlier today, Major League Soccer announced that New York City FC's Thiago Martins was named to the 2024 MLS All-Star Team Roster. This is the first time the central defender has made the All-Star Team.

And it's the first New York City to make the cut since 2022. Last year, no NYCFC players made the All-Star Team for the first time in club history.

Year Player Position
2024 Thiago Martins Defender
2022 Taty Castellanos* Forward
Alexander Callens† Defender
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper
2021 James Sands Midfielder
2019 Maxi Moralez Midfielder
2018 Alexander Ring Midfielder
David Villa Forward
2017 David Villa Forward
2016 David Villa Forward
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder
Josh Saunders Goalkeeper
2015 David Villa Forward
Frank Lampard Midfielder

*Taty Castellanos was removed from the 2022 All-Star roster after transferring to Girona FC
†Alexander Callens was removed from the 2022 All-Star roster due to injury
‡The 2020 MLS All-Star Game was canceled due to COVID

Thiago Martins was a Coach's Selection, and one of the 12 players chosen by Columbus Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy. He becomes the 14th New York City player to be selected to an MLS All-Star Team roster.

The 29-year-old Designated Player often served as the team's captain this year, and anchors a defense that have given up 25 goals in 20 games. That's good for the joint-fourth fewest in the Eastern Conference.

When New York City defender Tayvon Gray was asked about Thiago Martins making the All-Star Team, the right back simply said, "He's the GOAT, man."

The MLS All-Stars will play the Liga MX All-Stars on Wednesday, July 24, at 8 pm ET. The match will be held at field, home to Columbus Crew.

No NYCFC players selected for MLS All-Star team
It’s the first time in club history that no New York City players made the cut.