The MLS season takes a short break this week for the 26th annual MLS All-Star Game.
The game will feature the all-stars from MLS against the all-stars from Mexico’s Liga MX. The game will be hosted on Wednesday, August 10, at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming All-Star Game so you can get ready to bet against the MLS Odds.
Soccer Betting Preview for the Match Between the MLS All-Stars and Liga MX All-Stars
A Little History
This is the second straight season that the MLS All-Stars will take on the Liga MX All-Stars for a midseason All-Star Game. Last year’s game finished in a 1-1 tie after 90 minutes, with the Liga MX team scoring in the 20th minute but the MLS team equalizing in the 53rd minute.
In the end, the MLS All-Stars won a penalty shootout 3-2, giving the American League a victory in the first edition of what could become a yearly tradition.
The Liga MX Team
The Liga MX team is in an interesting position heading into the All-Star Game because they aren’t exactly at the midway point of the season. All teams in the Mexico-based league have played eight games or less this season, so the players aren’t exactly in midseason form.
Of course, they are past the early stage of the season but aren’t deep enough into the campaign to need a break, which could work in favor of the Liga MX team.
Of course, putting together an all-star team after seven or eight games is also a challenge. There are only five players in Liga MX with at least four goals this season and only two players with at least four assists. Unlike with the MLS team, it’s not clear what players have had the best season thus far.
For instance, Liga MX leading scorer Santiago Gimenez of Cruz Azul was not named to the All-Star Team. Likewise, two leading assist men in the league and the four players who have scored four goals this season are also absent from the roster.
There is also a somewhat limited amount of players on the Liga MX team who are established at the international level, which hurts Liga MX from an experience standpoint but does create some mystery around the team.
The MLS Team
The MLS all-stars are all players who have stood out on the field this season and not just players with name recognition. That has put the likes of Sebastian Driussi, Brandon Vazquez, Any Mukhtar, and Taxi Fountas on the roster. All are among the league leaders in goals at this point in the season, with Druissi alone at the top with 16 goals.
At the same time, the three top assist leaders in MLS are all on the roster led by Luciano Acosta. Those players will be complemented by former Mexican internationals Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez. American international Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola, and Jesus Ferreira also make up a loaded attacking band.
The MLS team also has plenty of international experience up and down the roster. That’s particularly true with goalies Andre Blake and Sean Johnson. But the MLS defense boasts the same with Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin, Kamal Miller, and Diego Palacios.
Last year’s 1-1 draw indicates that this could be a tight and competitive game rather than just a showcase game.
The MLS all-stars would appear to have the more experienced team, as well as the squad that’s in midseason form. If there’s a winner in regulation on Wednesday, there’s a good chance it’ll be the MLS team.