Goals from Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela and Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz lifted the Major League Soccer All-Stars to a 2-1 victory over their Liga MX foes for the second straight year in the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday.
The MLS All-Stars got things going early at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Vela headed home a cross from LAFC teammate Diego Palacios in the third minute.
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Palacios split two Liga MX defenders then arced his cross over a crowded penalty box to Vela for the goal.
Ruidiaz doubled the score from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute after New England Revolution playmaker Carles Gil drew the foul in the penalty area.
Pachuca defender Kevin Alvarez pulled a goal back for the Liga MX side in the 85th, unleashing a long-range blast that eluded New York City FC keeper Sean Johnson.
But the Mexican outfit’s frantic bid for an equalizer in the closing minutes came up short and MLS celebrated a win in the mid-season exhibition for the second straight year.
The match featuring top players from the neighbouring leagues, played before a crowd of 19,797, boasted plenty of intensity for a mid-season friendly.
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