Star 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.
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.
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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)
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLS All-Star game 2021: Liga MX vs. Major League Soccer in Los Angeles
Source: Yahoo Sports