sport news MLS All-Stars defeat Liga MX All-Stars 2-1 as Carlos Vela opens scoring trends now
For much of All-Star week, the likes of Adrian Heath and Javier Hernandez have spoken about the near parity between MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX.
So it was perhaps fitting that it was a Mexican who put MLS All-Stars on their way to victory and earning further bragging rights over their neighbors following a 2-1 win at St Paul’s Allianz Field.
Arsenal misfit Carlos Vela nodded home in the third minute and Carlos Acevedo’s second half penalty ensured victory for an MLS All-Star team featuring the likes of Javier Hernandez, Walker Zimmerman and home favorite Emanuel Reynoso.
Carlos Vela opened the scoring with a header in the third minute
He then celebrated the goal with Julian Araujo (center) and Javier Hernandez
Their Mexican counterparts were guilty of missing several gilt-edged chances as American World Cup hopeful Dayne St Clair looked lively in his spell as MLS goalkeeper.
With Bandera de Mexicos and multicolour kits galore, the MLS got off to the perfect start in the lively $25,000,000, 19,400-seater stadium.
Trickery on the left from Jordan Morris was followed up by a change of pace from Diego Palacios which brought the crowd to life. Seconds later Vela nodded home his looping cross at the far post.
Fans for both the MLS and Liga MX All-Stars came out to support the sides
Paul Arriola of FC Dallas makes a play for the ball against Liga MX defender Luis Reyes
Juan Escobar missed a golden chance to level, scraping his shot across the face of the goal. Fernando Beltran continued the lack of cutting edge, missing a straightforward chance.
After the break, the changes in personnel continued, but little swayed the pattern of the game. The MLS saw a Heriberto Jurado goal chalked off for offside, while a pitch invader brought some light relief.
A foul on substitute Carles Gil – once of Aston Villa – brought a penalty late in the game, with Ruidiaz sending Carlos Acevedo the wrong way.
Liga MX players argued with referee