MLS vs Liga MX All-Stars Game 2022: Time, TV channel, live stream, lineups as two leagues face off in Minnesota
The rivalry between Major League Soccer and Liga MX will take centerstage once again when the best players from both North American leagues face off in the 2022 edition of the All-Star Game to be played in Minnesota on Wednesday.
It's the second time that the All-Stars from both leagues will face off after last year's entertaining affair saw the teams draw 1-1, with MLS claiming a penalty-kick victory. One year later, the squads that will lock horns in Minnesota look very different with only a handful of players on both sides making a return trip.
Adding some more spice to this year's event is the fact that the MLS All-Star team will be captained by Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who started his career in Liga MX with Chivas Guadalajara before a lengthy career in Europe. The LA Galaxy forward missed last year's showdown due to injury and is coming off a two-goal performance for the Galaxy over the weekend.
Chicharito will be on the same team with Mexican compatriot and fellow Chivas product Carlos Vela (LAFC), who also missed the 2021 event to injury. The two haven't played together since the 2018 World Cup with the Mexican national team.
It's remarkable that the most high-profile Mexican players on the field will be playing for the MLS team. The Liga MX side is replete with South American players and a sprinkling of up-and-coming Mexican national teamers who hope to be in the mix for the 2022 World Cup: Alexis Vega (24 years old), Jesus Angulo (24), Kevin Alvarez (23), Erik Lira (22), and Uriel Antuna (24), who spent time in MLS with the Galaxy.
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MLS vs. Liga MX All-Stars TV channel, live stream
UK USA Canada
Date Thur, Aug. 11 Wed, Aug. 10 Wed, Aug. 10
Time 01:30 BST 20:30 ET 20:30 ET
TV channel Sky Sports Football, Sky Main Event ESPN, Univision, TUDN TSN4, TVA Sports
Streaming Sky GO, NOW TV fuboTV TSN app, TSN.ca
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.
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MLS vs. Liga MX lineups and squads
Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath will guide the 26-man MLS All-Star team, which features two of his own players, and a handful of U.S. and Canadian national team players.
LA Galaxy forward Javier Chicharito Hernandez was named captain, while two NYCFC players had to be replaced: Philadelphia center back Jakob Glesnes took the spot of the injured Alexander Callens, and FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez stepped in for Taty Castellanos, who was transferred to Girona in Spain.
As is customary at MLS All-Star Games, a whole new squad will likely start the second half in order that no team's players are taxed too heavily with a full slate of MLS league matches coming up this weekend.
MLS All-Star Roster
Position Player Club
GK Andre Blake Philadelphia Union
GK Sean Johnson NYCFC
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 Diego Palacios LAFC
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
MF Ilie Sanchez LAFC
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 Carlos Vela LAFC
FW Brandon Vazquez FC Cincinnati
The 27 Liga MX All-Stars will be led by two-time defending Liga MX champion manager Diego Cocca of Atlas, who has six of his own players at his disposal, including All-Star captain and goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.
Before injury replacements wreaked havoc with the Liga MX roster over recent weeks, the original plan was for the squad to be made up of 14 players who were nominees for the Liga MX Balon de Oro awards, and 13 players selected by Cocca. Goalkeeper Carlos Acevedo was the last player added by Liga MX's president, the equivalent of a Commissioner's pick.
Among the players who at one point were named to the roster and will sit out due to injury are: Willian Tesillo (Leon), Angel Mena (Leon), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Diego Barbosa (Atlas), and Matheus Doria (Santos). Jordan Carrillo (Santos) would have also made the trip to Minnesota had it not been for a transfer to Sporting Gijon in Spain.
The biggest name among the absentees is Gignac, who suffered a recent injury in league play, though reports from Mexico indicate his vaccination status would have also prevented him from traveling to the USA.
Liga MX All-Star Roster
Position Player Club
GK Carlos Acevedo Santos Laguna
GK Oscar Ustari Pachuca
GK Camilo Vargas Atlas
DF Kevin Alvarez Pachuca
DF Brayan Angulo Toluca
DF Jesus Angulo Tigres UANL
DF Gustavo Cabral Pachuca
DF Juan Escobar Cruz Azul
DF Lisandro Lopez Club Tijuana
DF Hugo Nervo Atlas
DF Luis Reyes Atlas
MF Fernando Beltran Chivas
MF Luis Chavez Pachuca
MF Alvaro Fidalgo Club America
MF Aviles Hurtado Pachuca
MF Erik Lira Cruz Azul
MF Guido Pizarro Tigres UANL
MF Julian Quinones Atlas
MF Aldo Rocha Atlas
MF Alexis Vega Chivas
FW Uriel Antuna Cruz Azul
FW German Berterame Monterrey
FW Juan Dinenno Pumas UNAM
FW Julio Furch Atlas
FW Victor Guzman Pachuca
FW Heriberto Jurado Necaxa
FW Luis Quinones Tigres UANL
MLS vs. Liga MX odds and best bet
Not every sportsbook will have this match on offer because it's a tough one to bet given the large squads, the many subs, and the unpredictable nature of the exhibition featuring players who have never played together. You could easily see a goal fest or a tight contest where the players take up a more conservative, mistake-free style.
The MLS All-Stars at +108 on the moneyline are an interesting play purely based on the superior scoring ability and playmakers on the team led by MLS top scorer Sebastian Driussi and leading assist man Lucho Acosta. Meanwhile, the 16 players listed as forwards and midfielders for the Liga MX side have combined for a meager nine goals in 95 combined appearances after seven matchdays of the current Apertura season.
For that reason the over 3.5 goals is not necessarily a lock even though it is an All-Star Game and the goals should theoretically be flowing. Diego Cocca likes to set up his Atlas team in a more conservative style, and the best guess is the Liga MX side takes up a defensive posture to absorb pressure and surprise on the counter with speedy wingers. It's the Atlas formula.
Best bet: MLS All-Stars moneyline +108
Prediction: MLS All-Stars 3, Liga MX 1
MLS All-Stars +108
Liga MX All-Stars +185
to score Y / N -303 / +175
Over / Under
3.5 goals -110 / -120
MLS -0.5 +106
Liga MX +0.5 -141