The MLS All-Star Game is upon us. The United States professional soccer league’s annual showcase of its best players is different than other all-star games in the major North American sports leagues. Fans still get to see their favorite players play together, but instead of taking on each other, the MLS’s best work together and take on a team of stars from another country. Here’s everything you need to know about the MLS All-Star game, including the game’s format, the 2022 roster, and how to watch.
2022 MLS All-Star Game Format
For the second year in a row, the MLS All-Star game will feature a group of American-based stars vs. a team of all-stars from Mexico’s LIGA MX.
This is the second year in a row where this game will put MLS vs. LIGA MX. In 2021, the match ended in a 1-1 draw and went to a penalty kick shootout. During the shootout, Damir Kreilach (Real Salt Lake), Dániel Sallói (Sporting Kansas City), and Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas) converted from the spot.
On the LIGA MX side, Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Érik Lira (UNAM), and Salvador Reyes (América) couldn’t find the back of the net, and the MLS won 3-2 on penalties.
In previous years the MLS all-stars have taken on Spain’s Atletico Madrid (2019) and Real Madrid (2017), Italy’s Juventus (2018) and Roma (2013), England’s Arsenal (2016) and Tottenham Hotspur (2015), Chelsea (2012, 2006), Manchester United (2011, 2010), Everton (2009), West Ham (2008), Fulham (2005), Germany’s Bayern Munich, Scotland’s Celtic (2007), and Mexico’s Gudalajara (2003).
In 2002, the MLS all-stars played the USMNT, and in the other years (starting in 1996), the league played a more traditional East vs. West or U.S. vs. the World intra-MLS format.
2022 MLS all-star Roster
The 2022 MLS All-Star Game roster has 26 players. The roster is made up of 12 players voted in by MLS players, fans, and media, and 12 players selected by Minnesota United FC and MLS All-Star head coach Adrian Heath. Finally, MLS Commissioner Don Garber selects the final two players.
The 2022 roster looks like this:
|GK||Andre Blake||Philadelphia Union||MF||Darlington Nagbe||Columbus Crew|
|GK||Sean Johnson||NYCFC||MF||Hany Mukhtar||Nashville SC|
|GK||Dayne St. Clair||Minnesota United||MF||Carles Gil||NE Revolution|
|DF||Walker Zimmerman||Nashville SC||MF||Sebastián Driussi||Austin FC|
|DF||Deandre Yedlin||Inter Miami||MF||Luciano Acosta||FC Cincinnati|
|DF||Kai Wagner||Philadelphia Union||FW||Brandon Vázquez||FC Cincinnati|
|DF||Diego Palacios||LAFC||FW||Carlos Vela||LAFC|
|DF||Kamal Miller||CF Montreal||FW||Raúl Ruidíaz||Seattle Sounders|
|DF||Aaron Long||New York Red Bulls||FW||Jordan Morris||Seattle Sounders|
|DF||Jakob Glesnes||Philadelphia Union||FW||Chicharito||LA Galaxy|
|DF||Julián Araujo||LA Galaxy||FW||Taxi Fountas||D.C. United|
|MF||Ilie Sánchez||LAFC||FW||Jesús Ferreira||FC Dallas|
|MF||Emanuel Reynoso||Minnesota United||FW||Paul Arriola||FC Dallas|
NYCFC’s Taty Castellanos and Alexander Callens made the roster via vote. However, Callens is injured and NYFC recently loaned Castellanos to the Spanish club Girona.Brandon Vázquez and Jakob Glesnes are their replacements.
2022 LIGA MX all-star Roster
On the other side of the pitch, the LIGA MX all-star lineup looks like this:
|GK||Carlos Acevedo||Santos Laguna||MF||Erik Lira||Cruz Azul|
|GK||Oscar Ustari||Pachuca||MF||Fernando Beltran||Chivas|
|DF||Jesus Angulo||Tigres||MF||Avilés Hurtado||Pachuca|
|DF||Lisandro López||Tijuana||MF||Alexis Vega||Chivas|
|DF||Gustavo Cabral||Pachuca||MF||Álvaro Fidalgo||America|
|DF||Hugo Nervo||Atlas||MF||Aldo Rocha||Atlas|
|DF||Brayan Angulo||Toluca||FW||Heriberto Jurado||Necaxa|
|DF||Luis Reyes||Atlas||FW||Víctor Guzmán||Pachuca|
|DF||Kevin Álvarez||Pachuca||FW||Luis Quiñones||Tigres|
|DF||Juan Escobar||Cruz Aul||FW||Juan Dinenno||Pumas|
|MF||Julián Quiñones||Atlas||FW||Julio Furch||Atlas|
|MF||Guido Pizarro||Tigres||FW||German Berterame||Monterrey|
|MF||Luis Chávez||Pachuca||FW||Uriel Antuna||Cruz Azul|
How to watch the 2022 MLS All-Star Game
The 2022 MLS All-Star game is at Minnesota United’s Allianz Field on Wednesday, August 10, and kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Fans can watch or stream the game ESPN and UniMas in United States or on TSN4 and TVA Sports in Canada.