Five-time Major League Soccer All-Star legend Alexi Lalas is counting on the American league and the League MX’s skill challenge will be exciting and that a future merger “is not out of the question.”
MLS and Liga MX will meet on August 25 for the very first All-Star match at the Banc of California Stadium. One day in advance, eight players from each league will compete in the two-hour MLS All-Star Skills Challenge.
The Skills event will consist of five different challenges: Passing, crossbar, cross & volley, touch and shoot obstacles. Major League Soccer rivals Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez have already committed to being part of the eight-man league squad for the event.
Lalas does not think the challenges will be easy for any player who expects a landslide.
“These players are not good for no reason. And part of that reason is the incredible confidence and ego they have, ”said Lalas.
“They do not like to be shown in any capacity. And competitive juices will start flowing very fast to represent yourself, represent your team, represent your league, represent your country and all the different things. I have no doubt that they would manifest themselves in any kind of competition. If they played cards, the same thing would happen. ”
In addition to the competence challenge, Lalas commented on the possibility that this competition may be somewhat larger in the future. During the planning process, league directors have been asked about a possible merger, and each answer adds that it is not out of the question.
“I mean, a lot of questions today were” Where does this end up? “And a lot of people are obviously talking about a potential merger and kind of big leagues. I don’t think that’s out of the question. But I think that kind of thing can really be seen as a ban on more growth and more potential engagement between the two. ”