The Growing Relationship Between MLS and Liga MX: A Look Ahead to the All-Star Game

Major League Soccer (MLS) recently announced that this year’s All-Star Game will once again feature a match-up against the best of Liga MX, marking the third time in the past four years. This exhibition game, scheduled for July 24 at Columbus, Ohio’s Field, will bring back the MLS vs. Liga MX format after hosting Arsenal in 2023.

The Strong Partnership Between MLS and Liga MX

Camilo Durana, MLS’ Executive Vice President of Properties and Events, expressed excitement about the close partnership with Liga MX. He highlighted the previous All-Star Games against Liga MX, stating that they set a high standard for intensity and competition on the field. The success of the past match-ups has led to the decision to bring back the format, as it has provided fans with intense action and memorable moments.

MLS has enjoyed victories over Liga MX in both the 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games, maintaining an undefeated record against the Mexican league. This success has not only showcased the talent in North America but has also intensified the collaboration between the two leagues through tournaments like Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup.

Future Prospects and Collaborations

Durana hinted at the possibility of future editions of the MLS All-Star Game continuing to feature Liga MX teams, considering the success seen from the Leagues Cup. The momentum created by the energy surrounding the inter-league competitions has led to a positive response from fans and increased awareness of the talent in both leagues.

Following the All-Star Game, the Leagues Cup tournament will kick off on July 26, featuring clubs from both Liga MX and MLS. Additionally, the Campeones Cup will see reigning MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew facing off against Liga MX’s 2023-24 Campeon de Campeones winners. The format for selecting the MLS All-Star roster includes a fan vote for 12 players, 12 players selected by the All-Star coach, and two additional names chosen by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Details regarding the Liga MX 26-man roster are yet to be announced.

In addition to the All-Star Game, a Skills Challenge is scheduled one day before the main event on July 23. Both leagues have had one win each in the Skills Challenge, adding an extra layer of competition and excitement to the festivities surrounding the All-Star Game.

The growing relationship between MLS and Liga MX is evident in the collaborative efforts and the intensity of the past All-Star Games. The upcoming match between the best of both leagues promises to be an exciting showcase of talent and competition, setting the stage for further collaborations and events in the future.


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