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SAINT PAUL, MINN. (Wednesday, August 10, 2022) – The MLS All-Stars defeated the LIGA MX All-Stars 2-1 in the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Allianz Field in Minneapolis on Wednesday evening. Minnesota United FC goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named the MVP of the game in the first All-Star appearance of his career. MLS goal scorers included LAFC’s Carlos Vela – his first in an MLS All-Star Game – and a penalty-kick score from Seattle’s Raúl Ruidíaz, while LIGA MX’s lone goal was scored by Kevin Álvarez in the 84th minute.

A full archive of the post-match press conference and match highlights are available for download HERE.

2022 MLS ALL-STAR GAME presented by TARGET – GAME NOTES

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Attendance: 19,797 (sellout)

Scoring Summary:

MLS – Vela (Palacios), 3’

MLS – Ruidíaz (PK), 73’

LMX – Álvarez (Vega), 84’

  • MLS is now 9-5-4 vs. international competition in the MLS All-Star Game. This was the third time facing a team from Mexico and the third victory. The two previous matchups were 1-1 vs. Liga MX All-Stars (MLS 3-2 pen) in Los Angeles, Calif. and a 3-1 victory vs. CD Guadalajara in 2003, in Carson, Calif.
  • Major League Soccer has won consecutive MLS All-Star Games for the first time since 2014-15.
  • MLS scored multiple goals in an MLS All-Star Game for the first time since 2015, when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur, 2-1. It was the first time MLS had scored in both halves of an All-Star Game since 2012 versus Chelsea FC.
  • Dayne St. Clair of Minnesota United FC was named the MLS All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, after making four saves during his 30 minutes of action. He is the third goalkeeper to be named MVP of an MLS All-Star Game, joining the New England Revolution’s Matt Turner in 2021 and Tim Howard for Everton FC in 2009. St. Clair is the first Canadian player to win the MVP award since Dwayne De Rosario for Houston Dynamo FC in 2006. The Canadian international joined Josef Martínez (Atlanta United FC in 2018) as the only players since 2013 to be named MVP of the MLS All-Star Game in their home stadium.
  • Carlos Vela opened the scoring in the third minute after scoring on a header with the assist from his LAFC teammate Diego Palacios. Vela’s goal was the fastest for Major League Soccer against international competition in MLS All-Star Game history. The last player to score a faster goal in an MLS All-Star Game was Federico Macheda for Manchester United (first minute) in 2010). Additionally, All Stars from LAFC scored and assisted on consecutive goals in the All-Star Game (Jesús Murillo from Eduard Atuesta in 2021 and Vela and Palacios today).
  • Seattle Sounders FC forward Raúl Ruidíaz scored the game-winning goal with a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, becoming the second Sounder to score in an MLS All-Star Game (Eddie Johnson in 2012). Ruidíaz became the first MLS player to score a penalty kick goal since Orlando City SC’s Kaká in 2015.
  • The Columbus Crew’s Darlington Nagbe led the team with 35 completed passes and seven possession wins. He also earned three fouls, tied for the most in the match.
  • By appearing in tonight’s game, Philadelphia Union defender Jakob Glesnes became the first Norwegian player to appear in an MLS All-Star Game. Additionally, the LA Galaxy’s Julián Araujo was the first player born in the 21st century to start an All-Star Game for MLS.
  • Julián Araujo, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Carlos Vela all started for MLS, making the first time three players from a single country other than the U.S. have been named in the starting XI of an MLS All-Star team
  • The Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake became the second non-American player to start multiple All-Star Games for Major League Soccer, joining Jorge Campos.
  • The match attracted a sellout crowd of 19,797 to Allianz Field.

VIDEO ASSETS

  • Full Match Highlights (LINK)
  • Carlos Vela Goal (3’) (LINK)
  • Raúl Ruidíaz Goal (73’) (LINK)
  • · Kevin Álvarez Goal (84’) (LINK)

PHOTO ASSETS

  • Full Match Photos (LINK)

POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCES

The full MLS post-match press conference is available for download HERE and the LIGA MX post-match press conference is available HERE.

Additionally, soundbytes from MLS All-Star head coach Adrian Heath, LIGA MX Head Coach Diego Cocca and select MLS players are available below:

  • MLS All-Star head coach & Minnesota United FC head coach Adrian Heath (Watch Here)
  • MLS All-Star Game MVP & Minnesota United FC goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair (Watch Here)
  • LIGA MX Head Coach Diego Cocca (Watch Here)
  • FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira (Watch Here)
  • Inter Miami CF defender DeAndre Yedlin (Watch Here)
  • Nashville SC defender Walker Zimmerman (Watch Here)
  • New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil (Spanish, Watch Here)
  • New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson (Watch Here)
  • Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris (Watch Here)

Transcripts from Head Coach Adrian Heath, MLS All-Star Game MVP Dayne St. Clair, MLS All-Stars and LIGA MX All-Stars are also available HERE.

*MLS All-Star Video Footage & Highlights:

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*MLS All-Star Photography:

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You can find a selection of editorial rights-free imagery below. Please credit "USA Today Sports - (Photographer Name)". The correct photo credit is denoted in the caption. Photos for all 2022 MLS All-Star Week events can be found HERE.