Fans have wanted to see this matchup for some time and it’s finally happening: All-Stars from MLS and Liga MX will go head-to-head for the first time in a game that will be fueled by the heated rivalry that exists between both leagues and nations. Pride and bragging rights are the only stakes in this contest, more than enough to give this exhibition some real juice.
Although the MLS team is missing a handful of big names due to injuries (Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez among others) and a transfer (Canadian star Tajon Buchanan to Belgium’s Club Brugge), the collection of available players should provide enough firepower to give the talented Liga MX side a run for its money.
The Liga MX side arguably enter as the favorite with several Mexican and South American national team players. The most high-profile players include Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa, Luis Romo and forward Rogelio Funes Mori, who all play for the senior Mexican national team. The squad also features some of the deadliest strikers from Liga MX, including Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez, Alexis Canelo and Nicolas Ibanez.
WATCH: MLS vs. Liga MX All-Star Game on fuboTV (free 7-day trial)
Sporting News will be following the event as it happens and will share updates, observations and highlights throughout Wednesday night’s match.
MLS vs. Liga MX live score
(All times Eastern)
8th min.: Seconds later Jorge Sanchez clears a sure MLS goal off the line! What an acrobatic play! Diego Rossi robbed!
7th min.: Fans want a penalty kick call for a foul on Liga MX’sKevin Alvarez, but there’s a hand ball called on him instead.
3rd min.: The Univision reporter says that each player on the Liga MX side will get 25 minutes in this game.
1st min.: We’re off! Liga MX kicks off and the first foul after 45 seconds! Gustavo Bou committed the foul.
9:36 p.m.: Up-close look at the helicopter flyover:
9:32 p.m.: Teams are out and we’re getting both national anthems.
9:20 p.m.: Scenes from the pregame ceremonies:
9:17 p.m.: An injury kept Carlos Vela out of the game, but he’s at his home stadium and in an interview with TUDN, he confirms he’s in the last year of his contract with LAFC:
9:09 p.m.: Wow. Liga MX starting with Cabecita Rodriguez, Mena and Ibanez up top and they have the likes of Funes Mori and Alexis Canelo coming off the bench. “We’re going to win” is the translation of one of the lines in this tweet:
9:08 p.m.: Diego Rossi getting the start for the MLS All-Stars in place of Cade Cowell:
8:30 p.m.: A reminder that Seattle’s Cristian Roldan will be captaining the MLS All-Stars against Liga MX. Cool night for him. He’ll also get to share the field with his brother and fellow Sounder, Alex Roldan:
MLS-Liga MX player rosters
With 27-man rosters on both sides, expect both teams to use their full squad with unlimited substituted permitted for the match.
MLS head coach Bob Bradley (LAFC) will be able to select from a 27-man roster of MLS talents:
Goalkeepers (3): 26-Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), 1-Pedro Gallese (Orlando City), 30-Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders (10): 2-Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), 3-George Bello (Atlanta United), 28-Yeimar Gomez Andrade (Seattle Sounders), 94-Jesus Murillo (LAFC), 5-Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders), 12-Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), 13-Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders), 16-James Sands (NYCFC), 27-Kai Wagner (Philadelphia Union), 25-Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders (7): 20-Eduard Atuesta (LAFC), 8-Damir Kreilach (Real Salt Lake), 18-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), 6-Joao Paulo (Seattle Sounders), 15-Rodolfo Pizarro (Inter Miami), 23-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), 11-Lucas Zelarayan (Columbus Crew)
Forwards (7): 7-Gustavo Bou (New England Revolution), 44-Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), 17-Nani (Orlando City), 24-Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), 21-Diego Rossi (LAFC), 9-Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders), 19-Daniel Salloi (Sporting Kansas City)
Liga MX All-Stars
The coach for the Liga MX squad is Juan Reynoso of reigning Mexican champs Cruz Azul and he’ll have six of his own players to choose from on matchnight. The full 27-man squad follows below:
Goalkepeers (3): 1-Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL), 13-Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), 12-Alfredo Talavera (Pumas UNAM)
Defenders (9): 23-Pablo Aguilar (Cruz Azul), 17-Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), 2-Matheus Doria (Santos Laguna), 24-Juan Escobar (Cruz Azul), 34-Victor Guzman (Club Tijuana), 4-Cesar Montes (Monterrey), 26-Salvador Reyes (Club America), 3-Jorge Sanchez (Club America), 6-William Tesillo (Leon)
Midfielders (7): 5-Pedro Aquino (Club America), 11-Fernando Gorriaran (Santos Laguna), 18-Erik Lira (Pumas UNAM), 27-Luis Romo (Cruz Azul), 16-Javier Salas (Puebla), 14-Rubens Sambueza (Toluca), 19-Diego Valdes (Santos Laguna)
Forwards (8): 25-Alexis Canelo (Toluca), 7-Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), 29-Santiago Gimenez (Cruz Azul), 9-Nicolas Ibanez (Pachuca), 15-Angel Mena (Leon), 8-Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), 21-Jonathan Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), 10-Alexis Vega (Chivas Guadalajara)
How to watch MLS vs. Liga MX All-Star Game
The 2021 MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game from Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles will be broadcast on FS1 (English) and Univision (Spanish) in the USA. Both networks can be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial). The match can also be streamed on the Fox Sports app, TUDN app and TUDN.tv, but only for authenticated subscribers.
TSN (English) and TVA Sports (French) will carry the match in Canada.
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