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.
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MLS vs Liga MX live score
|Liga MX All-Stars||0||—||—|
MLS — Carlos Vela (Diego Palacios) — 3rd min.
1st Half (4-3-3, right to left): 18-Andre Blake (97-Dayne St. Clair 32′) (GK) — 4-Julian Araujo, 25-Walker Zimmerman, 3-Kamal Miller, 12-Diego Palacios — 16-Emanuel Reynoso, 6-Darlington Nagbe, 7-Sebastian Driussi (95-Hany Mukhtar 32′) — 11-Carlos Vela (17-Paul Arriola 32′), 14-Chicharito Hernandez, 13-Jordan Morris
Liga MX lineup:
1st Half (4-3-3, right to left): 12-Camilo Vargas (5-Oscar Ustari 32′) (GK) — 21-Juan Escobar, 4-Lisandro Lopez, 3-Hugo Nervo, 16-Brayan Angulo — 19-Guido Pizarro, 20-Fernando “Nene” Beltran, 11-Aviles Hurtado — 23-Luis Quinones, 9-Julio Furch (15-Juan Dinenno 32′), 33-Julian Quinones
MLS vs. Liga MX live updates, highlights from All-Star Game
Halftime: MLS 1, Liga MX 0
Halftime: MLS strikes first in the 3rd minute through Carlos Vela, and the early goal took them out of the game. It was all Liga MX as the visitors took advantage of multiple turnovers and dominated the midfield. But solid goalkeeping from Andre Blake and then his substitute Dayne St. Clair kept Liga MX off the board. The Liga MX team was a tad more balanced than their MLS counterparts and it showed.
We really didn’t get to see that Carlos Vela-Javier Hernandez connection and the MLS players haven’t really put on a show outside of those early minutes. The lowlight of the half was the Juan Dinenno tackle on MLS’s Darlington Nagbe which led to a stomach-turning ankle turn. No need for tackles from behind in this game.
44th min.: What a save by MLS ‘keeper Dayne St. Clair! Dinenno header destined for the far post is parried away. Big stop just before halftime. And Liga MX still creating all the chances here.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 11, 2022
37th min.: Nasty tackle from behind by newly entered Juan Dinenno on Darlington Nagbe and the Columbus Crew midfielder turns his ankle. He takes a while to get up and he’ll likely be off soon.
¿Era roja para Dinenno? 😳
— Futbol Picante (@futpicante) August 11, 2022
32nd min.: Seconds after this Nene Beltran attempt on target by Liga MX, there are five substitutions in the match (lineups above).
¡Seguimos acercándonos al gol del empate!
El ‘Nene’ Beltrán estuvo cerca de anotar.
— Liga BBVA MX (@LigaBBVAMX) August 11, 2022
26th min.: Liga MX’s Luis Quinones blasts a left-footed shot from the top of the box that goalkeeper Andre Blake parries away for a corner. It’s been all Liga MX in the last 15 minutes.
21st min.: Liga MX’s right back, Juan Escobar, races into the attack again and he nearly reaches the end line before sending a ball across the face of the MLS goal. Cruz Azul’s Paraguayan has been the most dangerous player for Liga MX.
17th min.: How you know it’s an All-Star Game: Center back Kamal Miller lets fly aiming for the top left corner. He misses, but the smile on his face was worth it.
12th min.: Best chance of the game for Liga MX. A Juan Escobar cross from the right and Julio Furch heads the ball on the bounce and just over the bar. The Atlas forward was free on that header.
11th min.: MLS came close again! Emanuel “Bebelo” Reynoso with a fake and cross and Kamal Miller nearly heads home at the far post.
— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) August 11, 2022
3rd min.: Goal MLS! Diego Palacios dances around a defender and whips in a beautiful cross that Carlos Vela heads home. Beautiful all-around play. The two LAFC teammates connect.
TWO. MINUTES. IN.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 11, 2022
1st min.: We’re off. MLS players in dark jersey and Liga MX in white. There is VAR at this match tonight.
2 mins from kickoff: Two beautiful renditions of the Mexican and American national anthems. We’re moments away.
5 mins from kickoff: Teams are on the field for the pregame ceremonies. Part of those ceremonies is a Minnesota United loon making the rounds:
FLYING LOON AT MLS ALL-STAR 👀 pic.twitter.com/6DKpRtcuu9
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 11, 2022
10 mins from kickoff: Worth noting that the MLS starting lineup has more Mexican players (Araujo, Chicharito, Vela) than the Liga MX starting XI (Brayan Angulo, Fernando Beltran).
17 mins from kickoff: The official kickoff is taking place at 48 after the hour.
40 mins from kickoff: Enjoy this All-Star Game because it might be the last one for a bit. According to Univision’s Michele Giannone, there are no plans (for now) to return to this format for next year’s All-Star Game in DC.
60 mins from kickoff: We have the starting lineups:
Whole squad ready. 🤩
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 10, 2022
— Liga BBVA MX (@LigaBBVAMX) August 10, 2022
80 mins from kickoff: MLS players arriving at Allianz Field in Minnesota.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 10, 2022
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:
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 10, 2022
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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.
MLS starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 18-Andre Blake (GK) — 4-Julian Araujo, 25-Walker Zimmerman, 3-Kamal Miller, 12-Diego Palacios — 16-Emanuel Reynoso, 6-Darlington Nagbe, 7-Sebastian Driussi — 11-Carlos Vela, 14-Chicharito Hernandez, 13-Jordan Morris
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
|18||Andre Blake||GK||Philadelphia Union|
|97||Dayne St. Clair||GK||Minnesota United|
|4||Julian Araujo||DF||LA Galaxy|
|23||Jakob Glesnes||DF||Philadelphia Union|
|33||Aaron Long||DF||NY Red Bulls|
|3||Kamal Miller||DF||CF Montreal|
|27||Kai Wagner||DF||Philadelphia Union|
|2||DeAndre Yedlin||DF||Inter Miami CF|
|25||Walker Zimmerman||DF||Nashville SC|
|32||Luciano Acosta||MF||FC Cincinnati|
|7||Sebastian Driussi||MF||Austin FC|
|10||Carles Gil||MF||New England Revolution|
|95||Hany Mukhtar||MF||Nashville SC|
|6||Darlington Nagbe||MF||Columbus Crew|
|16||Emanuel Reynoso||MF||Minnesota United|
|17||Paul Arriola||FW||FC Dallas|
|20||Jesus Ferreira||FW||FC Dallas|
|5||Taxi Fountas||FW||D.C. United|
|14||Chicharito Hernandez||FW||LA Galaxy|
|13||Jordan Morris||FW||Seattle Sounders|
|9||Raul Ruidiaz||FW||Seattle Sounders|
|19||Brandon Vazquez||FW||FC Cincinnati|
The Liga MX side will be coached by Atlas manager Diego Cocca, who has six players from his championship side at his disposal. He has a 27-man roster made up of a combination of candidates for the Balon de Oro league awards, as well as players he handpicked. 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 starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 12-Camilo Vargas (GK) — 21-Juan Escobar, 4-Lisandro Lopez, 3-Hugo Nervo, 16-Brayan Angulo — 19-Guido Pizarro, 20-Fernando “Nene” Beltran, 11-Aviles Hurtado — 23-Luis Quinones, 9-Julio Furch, 33-Julian Quinones
Liga MX All-Star Roster
|1||Carlos Acevedo||GK||Santos Laguna|
|27||Jesus Angulo||DF||Tigres UANL|
|21||Juan Escobar||DF||Cruz Azul|
|4||Lisandro Lopez||DF||Club Tijuana|
|8||Alvaro Fidalgo||MF||Club America|
|6||Erik Lira||MF||Cruz Azul|
|19||Guido Pizarro||MF||Tigres UANL|
|18||Uriel Antuna||FW||Cruz Azul|
|15||Juan Dinenno||FW||Pumas UNAM|
|23||Luis Quinones||FW||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||fuboTV||TSN app, TSN.ca||Kayo|
USA: ESPN and Univision networks will air the match with those channels available to stream on fuboTV.
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.