The Quebecer defender of CF Montreal U23’s squad, Thomas Bouffard, reacts to his selection for the MLS Next All-Star Game on Wednesday August 10 in Minnesota.

How do you feel about playing in the MLS Next All-Star Game?

I'm happy and excited. I can't wait to see what the level is and how it goes so I can compare myself with the best.

How did you hear the news and what was your first reaction?

The Academy’s director, Patrick Leduc, told me first, then I saw my name on the list posted on social media. I was quite surprised. My family was very proud and congratulated me. I didn't expect to take part in this game. I didn't even know it existed! I think it will be a good learning experience.

What kind of defender are you?

I started out as a central defender and then moved to right-back. I would say that I am more comfortable with reading the game, passing and in one-on-one situations. I also like to move forward because that's what my position on the field involves.