Mexican forwards Carlos Vela and Chicharito headline the MLS roster for this year’s All-Star Skills Challenge.
As is tradition before the All-Star game, eight-player selections from the MLS All-Star lineup and their opponents – this year, it’s a Liga MX All-Star side – will go head-to-head in a two-hour event that will test both skill and nerve. Challenges range from shooting to passing and control, with players scoring points for their respective sides based on their performance.
LAFC forward Vela, who holds MLS records for most goals by a player in a single season (34, 2019) and most goals scored by a Mexican player in an MLS career (57), will go up against Liga MX’s best alongside compatriot Chicharito, who is the Mexican national team’s all-time leading scorer.
Orlando City forward Nani will also return for the skills challenge as he did in 2019, while Seattle Sounders striker Raul Ruidiaz and emerging FC Dallas talent Ricardo Pepi will also take part.
The Liga MX headliners for the Skills Challenge are Tigres’ former France international Andre-Pierre Gignac, as well as Rogelio Funes Mori, who scored three goals for El Tri at this summer’s Gold Cup.
MLS’ All-Star Skills Challenge competitors: Pedro Gallese (Orlando City SC, Goalkeeper), Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (LA Galaxy, Forward), Nani (Orlando City SC, Forward), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas, Forward), Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders FC, Forward), Matt Turner (New England Revolution, Goalkeeper), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club, Forward), Lucas Zelarayán (Columbus Crew, Midfielder)
Liga MX’s All-Star Skills Challenge competitors: Rogelio Funes Mori (C.F. Monterrey, Forward), Jonathan Rodríguez (Cruz Azul, Forward), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL, Forward), Rubens Sambueza (Deportivo Toluca F.C., Midfielder), Diego Valdés (Santos Laguna, Midfielder), Orbelín Pineda (Cruz Azul, Midfielder), Alfredo Talavera (Pumas UNAM, Goalkeeper), Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres UANL, Goalkeeper)
As per MLSsoccer.com, these are the challenges for this year’s event: