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CINCINNATI – Álvaro Barreal has been named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 24, the league announced today. The honor is the first career league recognition for Barreal.

The 21-year-old earned a spot in the league’s weekly best XI as a defender for his contributions as FC Cincinnati’s starting left wing back against Philadelphia Union on Saturday. Barreal provided two goal contributions against the Union, setting up Brandon Vazquez’s opener in the 50th minute, followed by his seventh career MLS goal in the 71st minute.

The Argentine has assisted four goals in the last three games to catapult into a tie with Brandon Vazquez for the second-most career assists in club history (9) behind Luciano Acosta’s club record 23 assists.

FC Cincinnati have earned 17 spots on the league’s weekly Team of the Week this season, which surpasses 2019’s total of 16 weekly recognitions as the most in a single season in club history. Since FCC joined MLS in 2019, Barreal’s recognition is the 54th for the club on the MLS Team of the Week.

2022 Player Recognitions
- Brandon Vazquez (Week 3, 4, 23-Bench)
- Ronald Matarrita (4-Bench)
- Alec Kann (7-Bench)
- Roman Celentano (8-Bench, 10)
- Luciano Acosta (9, 10, 11-Bench, 17-Bench)
- Obinna Nwobodo (15)
- Brenner (17, 20-Bench)
- Álvaro Barreal (24)

2022 Coach Recognitions
- Pat Noonan (Week 3, 10)

The full team for Week 24 is listed below.

2022 MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi (Week 24)

F: Cristian Arango (LAFC), Gyasi Zardes (COL), Kacper Przybylko (CHI)
M: Lucas Zelarayan (CLB), Jonathan Osorio (TOR), Sebastian Driussi (ATX)
D: Andrew Gutman (ATL), Joel Waterman (MTL), Henry Kessler (NE), Álvaro Barreal (CIN)
GK: Drake Callender (MIA)

Coach: Robin Fraser (COL)

Bench: Djordje Petrovic (NE), Ranko Veselinovic (VAN), Xherdan Shaqiri (CHI), Lorenzo Insigne (TOR), Santiago Moreno (POR), Diego Rubio (COL), William Agada (SKC)

FC Cincinnati will be represented at the MLS All-Star Game for the first time in club history as Luciano Acosta and Brandon Vazquez head to Minnesota. The MLS All-Star Game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN/Univision) on Wednesday, August 10 from Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The Orange and Blue stay at home to host Atlanta United FC next Saturday, August 13. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from TQL Stadium and the game can be watched on Star64, streamed in-market at fccincinnati.com, out of market on ESPN+ and listened to on the radio on ESPN 1530.

Fans can place deposits now for 2023 Season Tickets, and current season ticket holders can renew for 2023 now. Anyone with interest in 2023 Season Tickets can place their deposit HERE, or by calling 513-977-KICK, that’s 513-977-5425.

FC Cincinnati's 2022 schedule can be viewed, HERE. Fans can build their custom 3 Match Flex Plan today. Pick any three matches and save on single match ticket pricing with no fees at checkout. Fans can pick the same seats for three games or select different options around TQL Stadium

Single match tickets to any of FC Cincinnati’s remaining home games are also available now, head to fccincinnati.com/tickets or call 513-977-KICK, to learn more.

FC Cincinnati are playing their fourth season of MLS competition in 2022, and their second playing at TQL Stadium. For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.