In the first-ever matchup between All-Stars from rival leagues MLS and Liga MX, it was the MLS squad that won bragging rights, taking a penalty-kick shootout 3-2 following a 1-1 draw during regulation.
Liga MX took the lead on a sensational strike by Cruz Azul forward Jonathan "Cabecita" Rodriguez in the first half. MLS equalized on a second half corner-kick header by Jesus Murillo, who scored in front of his LAFC supporters at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net for the rest of the match, although it was the MLS team that looked most likely to score in the latter stages. The match went straight to penalty kicks after regulation, and in the shootout United States national team goalkeeper Matt Turner came up with two saves as Liga MX only converted two of their five spot kicks. Turner, who was named the best goalkeeper at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, won the game's MVP award.
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It was 18-year-old All-Star Ricardo Pepi who won the shootout for MLS, converting the fifth and final attempt.
Pepi, an FC Dallas forward and product of the club's academy, is also set to earn his first-ever USMNT call-up for World Cup qualifying on Thursday, according to a report by Fox Sports analyst Stu Holden.
The match adds to an increasing number of showdowns between not only MLS and Liga MX, but also the U.S. and Mexican national teams. Just this summer, the United States won two major finals against Mexico's senior team (Nations League and Gold Cup). On the club level, Liga MX has the upper hand so far on MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League and Leagues Cup. The Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders are MLS's only hope when it comes to both those competitions. The champions of both leagues — Columbus Crew (MLS) and Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — will face off in a single-game Campeones Cup on Sept. 29 in Columbus.
MLS vs. Liga MX final score
LMX: Jonathan 'Cabecita' Rodriguez (Jorge Sanchez) — 21st minute
MLS: Jesus Murillo (Eduard Atuesta) — 53rd minute
(All times Eastern)
Penalty kick shootout (MLS wins 3-2 in PK happy 1st birthday sesame street 5 — MLS: And Ricardo Pepi scores!!! MLS wins it on the final kick! (LMX 2, MLS 3)
Rd 5 — Liga MX: Luis Romo scores and ties it up for Liga MX. (LMX 2, MLS 2)
Rd 4 — MLS: Nani skies it! Liga MX with hope! (LMX 1, MLS 2)
Rd 4 — Liga MX: Turner blocks another shot by Salvador Reyes! (LMX 1, MLS 2)
Rd 3 — MLS: Eduard Atuesta what are you doing? He went for the finesse shot and Nahuel stopped it (LMX 1, MLS 2)
Rd 3 — Liga MX: Erik Lira skies it! Terrible kick! (LMX 1, MLS 2)
Rd 2 — MLS: Daniel Salloi scores his penalty. No shot for Nahuel (LMX 1, MLS 2)
Rd 2 — Liga MX: Rogelio Funes Mori's shot is stopped by Matt Turner! (LMX 1, MLS 1)
Rd 1 — MLS: Damir Kreilach also scores down the middle (LMX 1, MLS 1)
Rd 1 — Liga MX: Rubens Sambueza is up first, and scores down the middle (LMX 1, MLS 0)
Stand by for a kick-by-kick rundown of the penalties as they happen.
Regulation: MLS All-Stars 1, Liga MX All-Stars 1
92nd min.: Phelps health salem mo that's it! We're heading to penalty kicks. It's Liga MX 'keeper Nahuel Guzman up against PK specialist Matt Turner.
90th min.: MLS's Daniel Salloi with a header that's wide of the target. It wasn't strong enough to seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo any danger. Pepi chased it down, but it goes out of play. We're into the two minutes of stoppage time.
87th min.: Yellow card! It's Luis Romo getting cautioned for shoving Sebastian Lletget in the back for no reason at all! Liga MX players don't seem happy to be going to penalty kicks.
85th min.: MLS's Ricardo Pepi fires from 30 yards out and Guzman gives up the rebound. Then Pepi gets another shot off, but can't find the target. Penalty kicks just minutes away.
80th min.: Todd Gurley in the house:
79th min.: Liga MX brings on its last two subs — Victor Guzman (for Alexis Vega) and Erik Lira (for Javier Salas).
77th min.: Great play by James Sands to clear a ball off the foot of Rogelio Funes Mori for a corner. Luis Romo's header on the corner is right at goalkeeper Matt Turner.
76th min.: And there's Nani coming on for Quakes youngster Cade Cowell. He has a penchant for dramatic finishes in MLS. Let's see if he finds a way to get it done here. This game jos a bank lancaster pa hours use a spark again.
73rd min.: Bob Bradley confirms that Nani is going to come on to help decide this game. He wants to avoid penalty kicks. The 3252 is having a good time no matter what:
67th min.: A check on the Liga MX lineup (4-3-3): Nahuel — Reyes, Tesillo, Aguilar, Escobar — Sambueza, Salas, Romo — Canelo, Funes Mori, Vega
66th min.: Big block by MLS's Miles Robinson seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo Alexis Vega and the ball goes out for a corner. That was a dangerous chance for Liga MX. There's a sense the seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo is heating up at Banc of California.
60th min.: Here's the MLS lineup with the 60th minute changes (4-3-3): Turner — Bello, Robinson, Sands, Araujo — Kreilach, Atuesta, Lletget — Salloi, Pepi, Cowell.
53rd min.: Reminder that it goes straight to penalty kicks if the teams are deadlocked after 90 minutes.
53rd min.: Goal MLS! After a great combination by Cowell and Salloi leads to an MLS corner kick, LAFC center back Jesus Murillo heads home the Atuesta corner kick in front of his home supporters. We're tied up at 1-1.
50th min.: Ricardo Pepi, who's on the field as an 18-year-old to start the second half for the MLS All-Stars, is about to have himself a memorable day tomorrow:
46th min.: Second half is underway. Tons of changes on both sides.
Halftime: MLS All-Stars 0, Liga MX All-Stars 1
Halftime: It was a first seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo of spurts and Liga MX was the most dangerous on their moments, a sign of the quality on that team. The MLSers were dependent on Lucas Zelarayan to start and then Gustavo Bou, but those two didn't get much help. It'll have to be Nani, Ricardo Pepi or Daniel Salloi to help the MLS team get an equalizer in the second half.
45th min.: Moments after Fernando Gorriaran barely misses the target, it's Bou again on the other end creating havoc but his ball into the Liga MX box crosses the face of the goal. No teammates in proximity.
41st min.: And on the other end of the field Andre Blake makes a great stop, diving to take the ball off the feet of Santi Gimenez who was running in on goal. Great play by the veteran.
40th min.: And Bou again for MLS, but the ball gets away from him as he was breaking in on goal! He couldn't take advantage of a giveaway and Talavera scoops it up.
38th min.: Gustavo Bou with the cleanest shot of the first half for the MLS team so far. But it doesn't trouble Talavera.
30th min.: SUBS — MLS is beating Liga MX in the subs department. Five changes: Rodolfo Pizarro (for Zelarayan), Cade Cowell (Ruidiaz), Kai Wagner (Nouhou), Jesus Murillo (for Yeimar) and goalkeeper Andre Blake (Pedro Gallese).
28th min.: SUBS — First three subs from the Liga MX side: Alfredo Talavera in for Ochoa in goal, Orbelin Pineda in for Angel Mena and Santi Gimenez comes in for Ibanez at forward.
22nd min.: The goal came against the run of 1st amendment audit colorado. Team MLS was probing, but it never actually threatened the Liga MX side.
21st min.: Goal for Liga MX! Cross comes in from the right and Seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo Rodriguez takes it seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo expertly off his chest and fires home. Classy goal.
11th min.: The homophobic chant is heard coming from the stands and the referee Armando Villarreal immediately holds up play. The players are at the center circle waiting for his cue to restart. The action resumes after about a minute.
8th min.: Seconds later Jorge Sanchez clears a sure MLS goal off the line! What an acrobatic play! MLS's Diego Rossi robbed!
7th min.: Fans want a penalty kick called for a foul in the MLS box on Liga MX's Diego Valdes, but the ref rules that he was the one who committed a handball.
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 comes after 45 seconds! Gustavo Bou committed the infraction.
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 bristol county savings bank raynham An injury kept LAFC's Carlos Vela out of the game, but he's at his home stadium and in an interview with TUDN, confirming he's in the last year of his contract with the MLS club and could return to Europe:
9:09 p.m.: Seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo. 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 Green dot check balance online 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 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 seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo England Revolution), 44-Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), 17-Nani (Orlando City), 24-Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), 21-Diego Rossi (LAFC), 9-Raul Seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo (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:
Goalkeepers (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 seattle sounders vs san jose earthquakes en vivo. Liga MX All-Star Game
- Date: Wed., Aug. 25, 2021
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: FS1
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming:fuboTVFox Sports app, TUDN app, TUDN.tv
- In Canada: TSN, TVA Sports
The 2021 MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game from Banc of Pilot grove savings bank phone number 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.