Major League Soccer today announced the 10-player roster of highly-acclaimed newcomers and MLS All-Stars that will compete against 10 marquee LIGA MX players in the ultimate test of five skills during the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G on Aug. 9 at Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United FC.
The thrilling showdown will provide fans with a fun and uniquely competitive take on the intracontinental rivalry, as MLS looks to capture the title from LIGA MX, who were the victors last year in Los Angeles.
The 10-player MLS roster for the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge features two newly signed international superstars, including Mexican National Team captain Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo FC) and Italy National Team captain Lorenzo Insigne (Toronto FC), who each arrived in MLS during the Secondary Transfer Window.
An exciting core of eight recently named MLS All-Stars will also compete in the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, including reigning Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player Carles Gil (New England Revolution) alongside 2021 MLS Cup MVP Sean Johnson (New York City FC), U.S. Men’s National Team striker Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (LA Galaxy), attacking midfielders Sebastián Driussi (Austin FC) and Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC), as well as hometown midfielder Emanuel Reynoso (Minnesota United FC) and goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United FC) – also a member of the Canada Men’s National Team.
With anticipation building for the best in MLS to take on the best from LIGA MX, the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G will put the following five skills on full display: Shooting Challenge presented by AT&T 5G; Touch Challenge presented by Old Spice; Cross & Volley Challenge presented by AT&T 5G; Passing Challenge presented by Bounty; and Crossbar Challenge presented by GilletteLabs. Additional information – including rules and scoring for each competition – will be announced in the coming weeks.
The MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G will kick off in-stadium festivities at 7 p.m. CT on Aug. 9 at Allianz Field before the live broadcasts begin on ESPN2 and TUDN at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Adding to the excitement, MLS Social Playmaker Noah Beck will make his return to the event, this time creating a special live edition of Beck’s Corner on TikTok. Beck’s Corner has given millions of fans a weekly glimpse into Noah’s take on the best moments in and around MLS. As one of the world’s top social media creators, Beck has a unique soccer pedigree as a former midfielder for the University of Portland, a player for the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, and a starter for the Real Salt Lake Academy.