TFC's Alejandro Pozuelo named to MLS Best XI for second straight year

Toronto FC's Richie Laryea, left, and Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo celebrate. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Toronto FC playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo has been named to Major League Soccer's Best XI for the second straight year.

The 29-year-old Spaniard is the only player from a Canadian team to make the all-star squad as determined in a vote by media, MLS players and clubs' technical staff.

Pozuelo, a finalist for the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Award, tied for the MLS lead in assists with 10 this season while finishing tied for eighth in the Golden Boot race with nine goals.

The lone Toronto player to start all 23 regular-season games, Pozuelo led the league in combined goals and assists (18), chances created (70) and game-winning goals (5).

Pozuelo is the fifth player in TFC history to make the Best XI, joining Dwayne De Rosario (2009, 2010), Sebastian Giovinco (2015, 2016, 2017), Justin Morrow (2017) and Victor Vazquez (2017).

The attacking midfielder/forward finished his MLS debut season in 2019 with 12 goals and 12 assists.

The 11 players honoured this year come from seven different clubs and seven countries.

MLS Best XI

Goalkeeper: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union).

Defenders: Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles FC).

Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Diego Chara (Portland Timbers), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders), Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC).

Forwards: Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Diego Rossi (Los Angeles FC), Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders).

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