MLS Vs. Liga MX All-Stars Result, Highlights: MLS Wins First-Ever Matchup In Penalty Shootout

In the first-ever matchup between All-Stars from rival leagues MLS and Liga MX, it was the MLS squad that won bragging rights, taking a penalty-kick shootout 3-2 following a 1-1 draw during regulation.

Liga MX took the lead on a sensational strike by Cruz Azul forward Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez in the first half. MLS equalized on a second half corner-kick header by Jesus Murillo, who scored in front of his LAFC supporters at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Neither side was able to find the back of the net for the rest of the match, although it was the MLS team that looked most likely to score in the latter stages. The match went straight to penalty kicks after regulation, and in the shootout United States national team goalkeeper Matt Turner came up with two saves as Liga MX only converted two of their five spot kicks. Turner, who was named the best goalkeeper at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, won the game’s MVP award.

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It was 18-year-old All-Star Ricardo Pepi who won the shootout for MLS, converting the fifth and final attempt.

Pepi, an FC Dallas forward and product of the club’s academy, is also set to earn his first-ever USMNT call-up for World Cup qualifying on Thursday, according to a report by Fox Sports analyst Stu Holden.

The match adds to an increasing number of showdowns between not only MLS and Liga MX, but also the U.S. and Mexican national teams. Just this summer, the United States won two major finals against Mexico’s senior team (Nations League and Gold Cup). On the club level, Liga MX has the upper hand so far on MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League and Leagues Cup. The Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders are MLS’s only hope when it comes to both those competitions. The champions of both leagues — Columbus Crew (MLS) and Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — will face off in a single-game Campeones Cup on Sept. 29 in Columbus.

MLS vs. Liga MX final score  1H 2H Final PKs MLS 0 1 1 3 Liga MX 1 0 1 2

LMX: Jonathan ‘Cabecita’ Rodriguez (Jorge Sanchez) — 21st minute
MLS: Jesus Murillo (Eduard Atuesta) — 53rd minute

(All times Eastern)

Penalty kick shootout (MLS wins 3-2 in PK shootout)

Rd 5 — MLS: And Ricardo Pepi scores!!! MLS wins it on the final kick! (LMX 2, MLS 3)

Rd 5 — Liga MX: Luis Romo scores and ties it up for Liga MX. (LMX 2, MLS 2)

Rd 4 — MLS: Nani skies it! Liga MX with hope! (LMX 1, MLS 2)

Rd 4 — Liga MX: Turner blocks another shot by Salvador Reyes! (LMX 1, MLS 2)

Rd 3 — MLS: Eduard Atuesta what are you doing?

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