MLS legend predicts heated skills challenge

Five-time Major League Soccer All-Star legend Alexi Lalas reckons the American league and Liga MX’s skills challenge will be thrilling and that a future merger is “not out of the realm of possibility.”

MLS and Liga MX are set to meet on 25 August for the first ever cross-league All-Star match at Banc of California stadium. One day prior, eight players from each league will compete in the two-hour 2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge. 

The Skills event will be composed of five different challenges: Passing, crossbar, cross & volley, touch and shooting obstacles. Major League Soccer rivals Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez have already committed to be part of the eight-man league squad for the event. 

Lalas doesn’t think the challenges will come easy to any player who expects a landslide. 

“These players aren’t great without reason. And part of that reason is the incredible confidence and ego that they have,” Lalas said.

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