2021 𝔐𝔏𝔖 𝔄𝔩𝔩-𝔖𝔱𝔞𝔯 𝔊𝔞𝔪𝔢 𝔏𝔦𝔳𝔢 𝔖𝔱𝔯𝔢𝔞𝔪Star players from Major League Soccer and Mexico's Liga MX will take part in a groundbreaking All-Star game Wednesday night at Los Angeles' Banc of California Stadium.
Live TV: MLS All-Star Game 2021
The 2021 MLS All-Star Game is finally here, with the league's best set to take the field Wednesday night in Los Angeles. It's arguably the most highly anticipated MLS All-Star Game in a long, long time, with the top players in Major League Soccer facing the All-Stars from Mexico's top soccer league, Liga MX.
Here's are storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
MLS All-Stars: While the MLS All-Stars will be without their two biggest names and best players in Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez, there is still plenty of quality.
There's arguably the league's best striker in Raul Ruidiaz of Seattle, Diego Rossi of LAFC, United States men's national team Gold Cup hero Matt Turner in goal and more. But there is no doubt that this team will have its hands full in defense, putting plenty of pressure on the likes of Miles Robinson of Atlanta United.
Expect the match to be very open with tons of chances for each side, and if the goalkeepers can come up big, the MLS side will be well positioned to win.
Liga MX All-Stars: This team is loaded. From Jonathan Rodriguez of Cruz Azul to Monterrey's Rogelio Funes Mori and Leon's Angel Mena, expect their technical ability to set them up with some really good looks against this MLS side. A lot will depend on if they can get the creativity they need in the middle.
While they are also missing some big names like Andre-Pierre Gignac and Guido Pizarro, they should feel confident in having more than enough to take home the victory.
Of course, a lot will depend on how seriously both teams take the defensive side of the ball. But if it is a shootout, Liga MX should be in good shape.
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MLS and Liga MX show off their shooting, passing and more Tuesday night to kick off the MLS All-Star festivities.
The stars of North American soccer have converged on Los Angeles for MLS All-Star Week, which kicks off Tuesday with the All-Stars Skills Challenge. You can stream the meet on fuboTV: Start with a 7-day free trial!
Challenges include the Shooting Challenge, in which players will be aiming to hit targets from varying distances to rack up points for their team, and the Touch Challenge, in which players will have to collect and control balls coming at them from all different angles.
The Cross and Volley Challenge, Passing Challenge and Crossbar Challenge are also part of the competition, which will pit MLS stars against Liga MX stars.
MLS participants will include Orlando City SC midfielder Nani, FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi and Seattle Sounders forward and MLS leading scorer Raúl Ruidíaz.
Liga MX fields an All-Star Skills Challenge roster including Toluca midfielder Rubens Sambueza and Santos Laguna midfielder Diego Valdés.
It's sure to be unlike any event the United States has seen before, and there is a lot to know before the ball is kicked off in Los Angeles.
As mentioned, MLS is going for gusto in this silver jubilee of the All-Star Game. Rather than pitting Western Conference against Eastern Conference or the league's All-Stars against a European opponent — as has been done in years past — the 2021 edition will be a clash of All-Stars from North America's two biggest soccer leagues.
MLS will field a team made up of the best from their league in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, Liga MX, the premier soccer league in Mexico, has sent a roster of their All-Stars.
The spectacle is more than a year and a half in the making, as the official announcement of the tournament between league All-Stars came down in November 2019. Originally scheduled for last summer, the event was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
Of course, rumors of an interleague clash had been bandied about far before it became official. Now, that rumor has become reality, and reality has fueled more rumors. Specifically, is this MLS vs. Liga MX exhibition paving the way for a regional super league?
Mum's the word so far from officials in both leagues, but as FOX Sports columnist Martin Rogers pointed out, the opportunity — financial and otherwise — might be too big for either entity to pass up.
For now, fans can enjoy this week's festivities between MLS and Liga MX while envisioning a future in which these kinds of games are a weekly occurrence.
What did I miss in the Skills Challenge?
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The Major League Soccer All-Star Game Skills Challenge, which features star players from both the MLS and Liga MX All-Star teams, takes place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 (8/24/21) at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
Fans can watch the match for free via a trial of fuboTV.
The combined All-Star game is the latest step in the growing relationship between the two leagues, representing the third major shared event between MLS and Liga MX, joining the Leagues Cup – which opened play two weeks ago – and the Campeones Cup – which pits the two leagues' champions against each other and will be played on Sept. 29 between the Columbus Crew and Cruz Azul.
Los Angeles FC's Bob Bradley – the former U.S. men's national team coach – will be at the helm for the MLS All-Stars, while Cruz Azul's Juan Reynoso will serve as coach of the Liga MX All-Star team.
The Seattle Sounders have the most representatives on the MLS All-Star team with six, with Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan – whose brother Alex is also on the team – serving as captain.
When is the MLS All-Star game?
The MLS vs. Liga MX All-Star game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, home of Los Angeles FC, on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage starts at 9 p.m. ET.
How can I watch the MLS All-Star game?
FS1 will air the All-Star game, with streaming available on FOX Sports Live. Spanish-language broadcast available on TUDN and Univision. The game also is available on fuboTV.
Which players are on the Liga MX and MLS All-Star teams?
MLS All-Star roster
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Orlando City SC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Julian Araujo (Los Angeles Galaxy), George Bello (Atlanta United), Jesús David Murillo (Los Angeles FC), Nouhou (Seattle Sounders), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders), James Sands (New York City FC), Kai Wagner (Philadelphia Union), Yeimar (Seattle Sounders), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders: Eduardo Atuesta (Los Angeles FC), Damir Kreilach (Real Salt Lake), João Paulo (Seattle Sounders), Rodolfo Pizarro (Inter Miami CF), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Lucas Zelarayán (Columbus Crew)
Forwards: Gustavo Bou (New England Revolution), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Nani (Orlando City SC), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), Diego Rossi (Los Angeles FC), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders), Dániel Sallói (Sporting Kansas City)
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC, Emanuel Reynoso of Minnesota United, and Carles Gil and Tajon Buchanan of the New England Revolution are unavailable for the All-Star game. Rodolfo Pizarro of Inter Miami CF and George Bello of Atlanta United were added to the MLS roster.
Liga MX All-Star roster
Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres UANL), Guillermo Ochoa (Club América), Alfredo Talavera (Pumas UNAM)
Defenders: Pablo Aguilar (Cruz Azul), Kevin Álvarez (Pachuca), Matheus Doria (Santos Laguna), Juan Escobar (Cruz Azul), Víctor Guzmán (Tijuana), César Montes (Monterrey), Salvador Reyes (Puebla), Jorge Sánchez (Club América), William Tesillo (León)
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino (Club América), Fernando Gorriarán (Santos Laguna), Erik Lira (Pumas UNAM), Angel Mena (León), Orbelín Pineda (Cruz Azul), Luis Romo (Cruz Azul), Javier Salas (Puebla), Rubens Sambueza (Toluca), Diego Valdés (Santos Laguna)
Forwards: Alexis Canelo (Toluca), Santiago Giménez (Cruz Azul), Nicolas Ibañez (Pachuca), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Jonathan Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Alexis Vega (CD Guadalajara)