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MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars: Time, Live Stream and Predictions

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 25, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 24:  LIGA MX celebrate after winning the Crossbar Challenge during the 2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge at Banc of California Stadium on August 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Major League Soccer All-Star team faces a new but familiar opponent on Wednesday at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. 

The best players in MLS will go head-to-head with a team comprised of the top stars from Liga MX. 

Over the years, MLS and Liga MX clubs have done battle in the CONCACAF Champions League and the recently established Leagues Cup, but this is the first time the sets of stars will face off on this stage. 

Before this format, the MLS All-Stars played in an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format and against European clubs that came stateside for their preseason tours. 

      

MLS All-Star Game Info

Date: Wednesday, August 25

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Start Time: 9:30 p.m. ET 

TV: FS1

Live Stream: FoxSports.com and Fox Sports app

                   

Predictions

Liga MX 1, MLS 0

The MLS All-Stars come into Wednesday on a four-match losing streak. 

Two years ago, the best players MLS had to offer fell 3-0 to Atletico Madrid in Orlando, Florida. Other losses during that run came against Arsenal and to Real Madrid and Juventus on penalty kicks.

As a whole, Liga MX has been the best domestic league in North America for quite some time. That is backed up by the success the league's teams have experienced in the CONCACAF Champions League. A Mexican club has won the CCL in every year since 2006. 

The MLS All-Star Game is typically on the low side when it comes to scoring, and that should be the case again in Los Angeles. 

Each roster boasts a handful of world-class goalkeepers. Mexico No. 1 Guillermo Ochoa, Nahuel Guzman and Alfredo Talavera will be in net for Liga MX. United States men's national team netminder Matt Turner, Peru's Pedro Gallese and Andre Blake of Jamaica are on the MLS roster. 

With a handful of No. 1 international netminders set to take the field, it is hard to imagine chances flying in at will. 

The frenetic nature of the All-Star Game itself can also suit a low-scoring game. Both teams are thrown together in just under a week and have little time to train together. 

If you mix in the countless substitutions, you will have two squads that lack chemistry on the field. 

Those factors could lead to some choppy play and a feeling-out process early on that could limit the number of chances. 

Continental league pride could be an extra motivator to some of the players, but it will lack the punch of a USMNT-Mexico rivalry game because the MLS squad is full of players from around the globe. 

Forwards Raul Ruidiaz of the Seattle Sounders and Gustavo Bou of the league-leading New England Revolution are the best options to score for MLS. 

Orlando City midfielder Nani could be considered for the scoring role as well, but he may best off as provider on the wing, or in tight spaces around the net, to set up the talented forwards across the MLS roster. 

Rogelio Funes Mori is one of the top danger men for Liga MX. He scored twice in Monterrey's first four league games and produced double-digit goals in each of the last six league campaigns.

Even if those players create chances, it could be hard for them to put tallies past some of the best goalkeepers in the world.

The Liga MX squad carries a bit more overall quality, and the advantages shown over the last decades in the CCL should bleed into the All-Star Game. 

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