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The game, however, made it just 10 minutes before officials had to stop play due to an anti-gay chant.

The MLS All-Star Game was just stopped because of a discriminatory chant. pic.twitter.com/k8WnohN65U

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 26, 2021

Other than the stoppage, the All-Star Game seemed to be a success. The MLS team beat the Liga MX team in penalty kicks in front of more than 22,000 fans in Southern California after FC Dallas’ Ricardo Pepi hit the game winning goal.

RICARDO PEPI WINS THE SHOOTOUT FOR MLS 🎉🇺🇸🇨🇦 #MLSAllStar (via @FOXSoccer)pic.twitter.com/UfwjjQlNLm

— Yahoo Soccer (@FCYahoo) August 26, 2021

ok, this was pretty cool. mostly because of @MaxBretosSports reaction though 🤣 #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/v84tdszS7O

— Andy Deossa 🇨🇴 (@Andy_Deossa) August 26, 2021

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MLS vs. Liga MX All-Stars result, highlights: MLS wins first-ever matchup in penalty shootout

Sporting News 27 August, 2021 - 08:00am

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.

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.

"I think everything was set up for me to score the last PK, I was confident and just banged it in and MLS came out on top." @Ricardo_Pepi9 talks about how it felt to hit the #MLSAllStar game winner ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/qLffTBDhma

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.

The ✨moment ✨ @Ricardo_Pepi9 ’s penalty went in! #MLSAllStar Game pres. by @Target pic.twitter.com/rrv3UlrvKU

Rd 5 — MLS: And Ricardo Pepi scores!!! MLS wins it on the final kick! (LMX 2, MLS 3)

🔥 @Ricardo_Pepi9 FOR THE WIN @FCDallas | @MLS pic.twitter.com/bd04c54MN3

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)

😤 @headdturnerr AGAIN for the @MLS All-Stars! pic.twitter.com/zAWdrRfgCB

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)

Just got off the phone with Salloi. He told me he took the second penalty because it was the only chance to challenge Alan Pulido to take the penalties for #SportingKC : “I have the right to tell him I can take PK’s too.” #MLSAllStar

Rd 2 — Liga MX: Rogelio Funes Mori's shot is stopped by Matt Turner! (LMX 1, MLS 1)

🧤 @headdturnerr with the HUGE block on Funes Mori's shot pic.twitter.com/kBGLqaXgfA

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.

92nd min.: And 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 cause 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:

🙌 @TG3II is in the house for the #MLSAllStar game pic.twitter.com/FQZu7MmOOF

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 could 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:

I see you @LAFC3252 👀 #LAFC // #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/3j4B6WKYZl

Announced attendance is 22,118, a sellout officially. I can see a few empty seats, but pretty close. #MLSAllStar

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 on Alexis Vega and the ball goes out for a corner. That was a dangerous chance for Liga MX. There's a sense the match 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.

Murillo's dance is a whole mood after scoring 🕺🤣 pic.twitter.com/kD7aFqhZ8Q

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:

"We can confirm that Ricardo Pepi is on the roster for the upcoming @USMNT World Cup qualifier." @stuholden shares the latest USMNT roster update 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/eeE5jjnusO

46th min.: Second half is underway. Tons of changes on both sides.

Halftime: It was a first half 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.

BRICK WALL BLAKE 🧱 #MLSAllStar | 🎥: @FS1 pic.twitter.com/R4sIYOpcds

Andre Blake comes up HUGE in the #MLSAllStar game with this save 😱🧤 pic.twitter.com/IddtrTlj7P

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 play. 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 Cabecita Rodriguez takes it down expertly off his chest and fires home. Classy goal.

Liga MX strikes first in the #MLSAllstar game! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/1xVnNrt1w6

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.

Just heard the homophobic chant at an all star game. WtF. Seriously? Embarrassing. #MLSAllStar

8th min.: Seconds later Jorge Sanchez clears a sure MLS goal off the line! What an acrobatic play! MLS's Diego Rossi robbed!

¡Despeje espectacular de Jorge Sánchez para ahogar el grito de Diego Rossi! 😱 #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/jfgXmZtlQf

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:

ok, this was pretty cool. mostly because of @MaxBretosSports reaction though 🤣 #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/v84tdszS7O

9:32 p.m.: Teams are out and we're getting both national anthems.

¡VAMOS! 🔥👏 #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/s7Bo1LAYjv

9:20 p.m.: Scenes from the pregame ceremonies:

I have no idea what is happening. #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/TYgE90kj5A

ESPECTACULAR!! #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/KQwXXYHXWh

“Futbol is life” pic.twitter.com/CYhmJmIgUS

9:17 p.m.: 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.: Wow. 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 Rossi 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:

Captain Roldan ©️ @CristianRoldan will lead the #MLSAllStar squad vs. Liga MX as voted on by the fans. pic.twitter.com/qjyLF2cmZE

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 (New England Revolution), 44-Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), 17-Nani (Orlando City), 24-Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), 21-Diego Rossi (LAFC), 9-Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders), 19-Daniel Salloi (Sporting Kansas City)

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)

The 2021 MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game from Banc of California 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.

Watch: LAFC's Jordan Harvey and Galaxy's Julian Araujo on what makes El Trafico so special | MLSSoccer.com

MLSsoccer.com 26 August, 2021 - 02:58pm

The 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target is in the books, meaning it's time to get back into the Heineken Rivalry Week derby swing this weekend. And another El Trafico is on tap, as LAFC and the LA Galaxy meet in a massive bout at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday (7 pm ET | FOX, FOX Deportes).

It might still be in its relative infancy, but El Trafico has already provided us with some memorable moments, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring one of the greatest goals in MLS history.

The second episode of the Bleacher Report and Wells Fargo series “Heart of the Game” went live on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's matchup, with the episode featuring interviews with Jordan Harvey (LAFC) and Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy). The defenders gave their perspective on what makes these rivalry games such special matchups.

"From the first moment we stepped on the field and we had this LA rivalry, it was electric," Harvey said. "It was just the craziest thing I've ever been a part of. I can't pinpoint any game that has this much energy, this much anticipation and fire from the players that feed off the fans. You feel like the whole league is looking at this LA rivalry."

Added Araujo: "They're the games I've always dreamed of playing in and prepared myself to play in. I really can't explain the feeling that it is when I play against them, but it's a feeling that I love to wake up to."

Watch the full episode above, including a tribute to Mauricio Fascio, vice president of LAFC's Independent Supporters Union, the 3252, who passed away from COVID-19 in March 2021.

MLS-Liga MX All-Star game halted after homophobic chanting

The Guardian 26 August, 2021 - 06:47am

However, an entertaining and lively match in front of a sell-out crowd was marred by homophobic chanting that led to the action being halted. The chant has plagued Mexican soccer for years and the country’s international team is already playing a game behind closed doors after the chant was used by fans during Olympic qualifiers in March. Under Fifa rules, matches are stopped and a verbal warning is issued if the chant is heard; if the slurs continue the match is suspended before a final step in which officials end the contest entirely. On Wednesday, fans largely stopped the chant after the warning, but many did it again during extra time in the second half.

“To get called up to the national team and then get the win for MLS, it feels great,” Pepi said. “You guys can see the MLS is getting better and more competitive.”

His penalty off the underside of the crossbar was a symbolic way to end an entertaining, friendly evening for the All-Star teams representing the continent’s two biggest leagues.

The MLS All-Star Game was just stopped because of a discriminatory chant. pic.twitter.com/k8WnohN65U

“To get called up to the national team and then get the win for MLS, it feels great,” Pepi said. “You guys can see the MLS is getting better and more competitive.”

The first matchup of these leagues’ top players in MLS’ midseason showcase was the latest step in the increasingly close ties between the US-Canadian league and Mexico’s top division. The teams put on a memorable evening at Los Angeles FC’s sold-out Banc of California Stadium in the heart of a cosmopolitan American city with a vibrant Mexican flavor.

Liga MX MVP Jonathan Rodriguez scored in the 20th minute of regular time, and Jesus Murillo evened it on a header off a cross from LAFC teammate Eduard Atuesta early in the second half.

The penalty shootout was a thriller: Turner won the game’s MVP award by stopping shots by Rogelio Funes Mori and Salvador Reyes, and Pepi finished it with style.

“I think [this All-Star format] would be great for both leagues,” Turner said. “You saw the competition was really spirited and high intensity. The fans were into it. It should be the norm, but it’s not my call. I had a ton of fun this week. People really wanted to win, and we don’t always get that in All-Star games here.”

MLS and Liga MX already hold two team cup competitions with hopes for even more interleague play, and both leagues agree a full merger is a real possibility in the coming years.

“Winning a match against the best players in Mexico feels so good,” said MLS captain Raul Ruidiaz, a Peruvian veteran of both leagues. “It proves our league is growing. We enjoyed this a lot.”

These All-Star teams’ demographics reflect both leagues’ growth and international appeal. The MLS All-Stars were born in 13 different countries, while only 12 of Liga MX’s 27 All-Stars were born in Mexico.

“The thing I learned out there is we are up there with Liga MX,” Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake said.

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