Earlier this month Jay Chapman made his first ever Major League Soccer start against the Los Angeles Galaxy. A couple of weeks later he has been named to the MLS homegrown All-Star team that will play the Club America U-20 squad on July 28.
The MLS homegrown game is a newer feature to the league's all-star festivities and was created last year. Last season the homegrown team took on the Portland Timbers U-23 side and played to a 0-0 draw. Ashtone Morgan was representing Toronto FC on that team.
Joining Chapman on this year's homegrown team are a couple of other Canadians. Vancouver Whitecap's midfielder Russel Teibert makes his second straight appearance in the game, and is joined by teammate Kianz Froese and Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel.
The 21-year-old Chapman has appeared in six games so far for Toronto FC after joining the team from Michigan State University. He has also played five games for the club's USL affiliate, Toronto FC II. He scored one goal in that time.
Chapman has only ever represented Canada at the U-17 level, being on the roster that played at the 2011 U-17 World Cup. However, his play as of late gives him a strong case to make the Canadian U-23 team for Olympic qualifiers.
The MLS homegrown team will be coached by American soccer legend Landon Donavan. In total the team he announced today has representatives from 16 of the league's 20 teams. Only New York City FC, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and the New England Revolution will not be represented at the game.
The home town Colorado Rapids will have two players on the roster, both of whom have represented the United States at the U-23 level. Shane O'Neill joins talented Rapid's prospects Dillon Serna on the team.
Also on the team are 2014 MLS rookie of the year runner up Harrison Shipp, Real Salt Lake and United States U-20 midfielder Jordan Allen and Philadelphia Union's Zach Pfeffer.
The homegrown game will be played at 7 p.m Mountain Time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, Denver. The stadium is the home of Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, and will host the All-Star game the day after.