July 29, 2020, will be a historic day as the MLS All-Stars will square off against a Liga MX All-Star squad.
The competition between the United States and Mexico has grown heavily in recent years, attracting many fans on both sides of the fence. The rivalry will be stepped up next year as for the first time Major League Soccer will host an All- Star game versus top Liga MX players at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Major League Soccer has held All-Star events since the foundation of the league back in 1996 but it was not until 2003 that they faced a team outside their own league which was Chivas on August 2, 2003, in Los Angeles, California.
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A few years later, the MLS took it upon themselves to change the dynamic of their All Star routine and began organizing matches against top European teams who were conducting preseason training sessions in the United States. So in 2005 the MLS All-Stars faced the English Premier club team, Fulham in Columbus, Ohio, winning 4-1. Since then, the MLS has faced Celtic, Roma, Manchester United, Everton, West Ham United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Arsenal, Juventus, Real Madrid and most recently Atletico Madrid.
Now with the expansion of viewers in the United States watching the Liga MX both in English and in Spanish, it would certainly makes sense to stage a match featuring the best players in both leagues.
The leagues already face off in the Concacaf Champions League, in the Campeones Cup and the newest tournament, the Leagues Cup, so this match-up of All-Stars just makes sense. This is especially true since there are rumors that MLS and Liga MX could eventually merge into a single league. It is not for certain but it could be possible with all the revenue and viewership it could generate not only on national television but the stadiums, merchandise and bigger support groups.
Also let’s not forget that the 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Certainly soccer in North America is growing rapidly and every opportunity both leagues can take It will only grow the interest of the viewers.
It will be interesting to see who gets appointed as the coach to direct the Liga MX and which players will be chosen to face the MLS All-Stars. Could we possibly see Tigres coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti or Miguel Herrera coaching from the sideline and giving directions to players like forward Rogelio Funes Mori and Nicolas Castillo or possibly yelling at Guillermo Ochoa or Jesus Molina, per se to clean up their style of play?
Either way expect a sold out stadium due to the massive Mexican and Mexican- American hub in the Los Angeles area that support either the MLS or the Liga MX.