Carlos Vela strikes as MLS All-Stars beat Liga MX counterparts
The MLS All-Stars beat their counterparts from Liga MX of Mexico 2-1 here on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Carlos Vela and Raul Ruidiaz.
"I've been in America now 13 years, and this is the closest [MLS and Liga MX] have been," MLS and Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath said after the match.
"I think if you'd have gone back 10 years, I think Liga MX win these types of games."
It took just three minutes for the scoring to get underway, with LAFC left-back Diego Palacios standing up a cross to the back post for club teammate and former El Tri star Vela to head beyond the reach of Camilo Vargas of Atlas.
There would be a wait before the second was scored, though.
Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, the MLS side had the ball in the back of the net to double its advantage, with Brandon Vazquez making a run down the right flank and pulling the ball back for FC Dallas winger Paul Arriola to slot home from the edge of the 6-yard box.
The celebrations were brief, however, with the linesman ruling that the FC Cincinnati forward made his right-wing run from an offside position.
The All-Stars from MLS eventually found a second in the 73rd minute, though, when Raul Ruidiaz slotted a penalty past Santos Laguna No. 1 Carlos Acevedo.