Vela strikes in MLS All-Star win over Liga MX


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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The MLS All-Stars beat their counterparts from Liga MX of Mexico 2-1 here on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Carlos Vela and Raul Ruidiaz.

It took just three minutes for the scoring to get underway, with LAFC left-back Diego Palacios standing up a cross to the back post for club teammate and former El Tri star Vela to head beyond the reach of Camilo Vargas of Atlas.

There would be a wait before the second was scored, though.

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Nearly 10 minutes into the second half, the MLS side had the ball in the back of the net to double its advantage, with Brandon Vazquez making a run down the right flank and pulling the ball back for FC Dallas winger Paul Arriola to slot home from the edge of the six-yard box. The celebrations were brief, however, with the linesman ruling that the FC Cincinnati forward made his right-wing run from an offside position.

The All-Stars from MLS eventually found a second in the 73rd minute, though, when Raul Ruidiaz slotted a penalty past Santos Laguna No. 1 Carlos Acevedo. The Seattle Sounders FC front man took the spot kick after reigning MVP Carles Gil was clumsily brought down in the area, leaving referee Joe Dickerson no choice but to award the penalty.

Liga MX pulled a goal back as full-time approached with a thunderous strike from Pachuca right-back Kevin Alvarez from the end of the penalty area to breathe life into the his team and energize the crowd for the game’s closing moments.

The Liga MX regular season resumes on Thursday, when Queretaro hosts Atletico San Luis, while 24 MLS sides will be in action on Saturday with the remaining four squaring off on Sunday.

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