For the second straight year the best players from MLS and Liga MX will go head-to-head in an All-Star Game that continues to fuel the rivalry between the two North American leagues.
What’s ironic about this matchup is that the MLS squad will have the most high-profile Mexican stars between the two teams. The MLS All-Stars will be captained by LA Galaxy’s Mexican forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who starred for the Mexican national team alongside fellow All-Star Carlos Vela of LAFC.
The Liga MX side features a host of South American talent alongside up-and-coming Mexican players who are hoping to lock up places on Mexico’s 2022 World Cup team. It features six players each from Atlas and Pachuca, who faced off for the most recent Mexican league title.
MLS has claimed the upper hand in the most recent head-to-head matchups between the two biggest leagues on the continent. MLS beat Liga MX on penalties in last year’s All-Star Game and then the Columbus Crew beat Cruz Azul in the annual Campeones Cup battle between league champions.
Earlier this year, the Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team to knock off a Mexican opponent in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, providing the latest twist in the ongoing MLS vs. Liga MX saga.
Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.
MLS vs Liga MX live score
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MLS vs. Liga MX live updates, highlights from All-Star Game
120 mins from kickoff: It might be an All-Star Game, but the competitive juices are always flowing. These players hate to lose to the other team:
Still not over this absolutely CLUTCH clearance by Jorge Sánchez in last year’svs All-Star game 😱
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer)
MLS vs. Liga MX lineups
Starting lineups will be unveiled an hour before kickoff, and the expectation is that both sides will field entirely new XIs for the second half.
As for the MLS side, fans will be eager to see Chicharito Hernandez and Carlos Vela team up together for the first time since the 2018 World Cup when both played for Mexico’s national team. Here’s the list of 26 players that Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath will choose from to complement them:
MLS All-Star Roster
|GK||Andre Blake||Philadelphia Union|
|GK||Dayne St. Clair||Minnesota United|
|DF||Julian Araujo||LA Galaxy|
|DF||Jakob Glesnes||Philadelphia Union|
|DF||Aaron Long||NY Red Bulls|
|DF||Kamal Miller||CF Montreal|
|DF||Kai Wagner||Philadelphia Union|
|DF||DeAndre Yedlin||Inter Miami CF|
|DF||Walker Zimmerman||Nashville SC|
|MF||Luciano Acosta||FC Cincinnati|
|MF||Sebastian Driussi||Austin FC|
|MF||Carles Gil||New England Revolution|
|MF||Hany Mukhtar||Nashville SC|
|MF||Darlington Nagbe||Columbus Crew|
|MF||Emanuel Reynoso||Minnesota United|
|FW||Paul Arriola||FC Dallas|
|FW||Jesus Ferreira||FC Dallas|
|FW||Taxi Fountas||D.C. United|
|FW||Chicharito Hernandez||LA Galaxy|
|FW||Jordan Morris||Seattle Sounders|
|FW||Raul Ruidiaz||Seattle Sounders|
|FW||Brandon Vazquez||FC Cincinnati|
TEAM X projected starting lineup (FORMATION, left to right): NAME (GK) — DEFENDERS — MIDFIELDERS — FORWARDS
TEAM X subs (12): To be confirmed
The Liga MX side will be coached by Atlas manager Diego Cocca, who has six players from his championship side. He has a 27-man roster made up of a combination of candidates for the Balon de Oro league awards, as well as players handpicked by Cocca. Goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo was a selection of the Liga MX president as a type of commissioner’s pick similar to what is seen in other All-Star Games around pro sports.
Liga MX All-Star Roster
|GK||Carlos Acevedo||Santos Laguna|
|DF||Jesus Angulo||Tigres UANL|
|DF||Juan Escobar||Cruz Azul|
|DF||Lisandro Lopez||Club Tijuana|
|MF||Alvaro Fidalgo||Club America|
|MF||Erik Lira||Cruz Azul|
|MF||Guido Pizarro||Tigres UANL|
|FW||Uriel Antuna||Cruz Azul|
|FW||Juan Dinenno||Pumas UNAM|
|FW||Luis Quinones||Tigres UANL|
MLS vs. Liga MX TV channel, live stream
|Date||Thur, Aug. 11||Wed, Aug. 10||Wed, Aug. 10||Thu, Aug. 11|
|Time||01:30 BST||20:30 ET||20:30 ET||10:30 AEST|
|TV channel||Sky Sports Football, Sky Main Event||ESPN, Univision, TUDN||TSN4, TVA Sports||_|
|Streaming||Sky GO, NOW TV||TSN app, TSN.ca|
USA: ESPN and Univision networks will air the match with.
UK: The MLS All-Star Game will be televised and streamed in the UK on Sky Sports.
Canada: In Canada, the match will be carried on TSN platforms in English, and on TVA Sports in French.
Australia: The MLS All-Star Game can be streamed in Australia via Kayo, who will be broadcasting ESPN’s coverage of the match.