MLS All-Star Game preview: Salloi ready to shine

Daniel Salloi celebration - Sporting KC at Seattle Sounders FC - July 25, 2021

2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target
MLS All-Stars vs. LIGA MX All-Stars
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Banc of California Stadium | Los Angeles

Broadcast Schedule:
English TV | FS1
Spanish TV | Univision
Streaming | FOX Sports app

Forward Daniel Salloi is set to become the first Sporting Kansas City Academy product to compete in the MLS All-Star Game as the MLS All-Stars lock horns with the LIGA MX All-Stars in a marquee spectacle on Wednesday night at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will kick off at 8:30 p.m. CT with live coverage on FS1, Univision and the FOX Sports app, pitting the best players from Major League Soccer against the best players from Mexico’s top flight for the first time ever.

Salloi, the lone Sporting representative in the match, has earned his All-Star plaudits with an MLS MVP caliber season as one of the league’s most efficient attackers. The 25-year-old winger leads MLS with 18 combined goals (12) and assists (six) as well as eight combined game-winning goals five) and game-winning assists (three). The unplayable Salloi has shouldered an instrumental role for a Sporting side that occupies second place in the Western Conference, three points behind leaders Seattle Sounders FC with 13 matches still to play between now and Decision Day on Nov. 7.

The MLS All-Star roster was assembled through a combination of fan voting and selections from All-Star head coach Bob Bradley and Commissioner Don Garber. The LIGA MX squad, led by Cruz Azul manager Juan Reynoso, consists primarily of the league’s Balon de Oro winners from each position.

MLS All-Star Roster

  • Forwards/Wingers (7): Gustavo Bou (NE), Cade Cowell (SJ), Nani (ORL), Ricardo Pepi (DAL), Diego Rossi (LAFC), Raul Ruidiaz (SEA), Daniel Salloi (SKC)
  • Midfielders (7): Eduard Atuesta (LAFC), Damir Kreilach (RSL), Joao Paulo (SEA), Rodolfo Pizarro (MIA), Emanuel Reynoso (MIN), Cristian Roldan (SEA), Lucas Zelarayan (CLB)
  • Defenders (10): Julian Araujo (LA), George Bello (ATL), Jesus David Murillo (LAFC), Nouhou Tolo (SEA), Miles Robinson (ATL), Alex Roldan (SEA), James Sands (NYC), Kai Wagner (PHI), Yeimar Gomez Andrade (SEA), Walker Zimmerman (NSH)
  • Goalkeepers (3): Pedro Gallese (ORL), Matt Turner (NE), Andre Blake (PHI)

LIGA MX All-Star Roster

  • Forwards (5): Alexis Canelo (Toluca), Santiago Gimenez (Cruz Azul), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Jonathan Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Alexis Vega (CD Guadalajara)
  • Midfielders (9): Pedro Aquino (Club America), Fernando Gorriaran (Santos Laguna), Erik Lira (Pumas), Angel Mena (Leon), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Luis Romo (Cruz Azul), Javier Salas (Puebla), Rubens Sambueza (Toluca), Diego Valdes (Santos Laguna)
  • Defenders (9): Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Juan Escobar (Cruz Azul), Salvador Reyes (Puebla), Jorge Sanchez (Club America), Pablo Aguilar (Cruz Azul), Matheus Doria (Santos Laguna), Victor Guzman (Tijuana), Cestar Montes (Monterrey), William Tesillo (Leon)
  • Goalkeepers (3): Nahuel Guzman (Tigres), Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), Alfredo Talavera (Pumas)

Following the All-Star Game, Salloi will return to Sporting for Saturday’s pivotal Western Conference clash against the third-place Colorado Rapids at Children’s Mercy Park. Tickets for the 8 p.m. CT matchup are available at SeatGeek.com and the first 10,000 fans through the stadium gates will receive a vintage Sporting KC poster courtesy of match sponsor Children's Mercy. Saturday will also see Sporting celebrate Retro Night, featuring a wide selection of throwback merchandise from the Since '96 Collection (jersey, T-shirt, long sleeve T-shirt, jacket and headwear) and additional items with the classic Wiz logo and rainbow elements.

Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest Plus, BallySports.com and the Bally Sports app will provide three hours of live coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. CT, while the Sporting KC app will deploy additional in-game updates and exclusive offers. Listeners can catch the action live locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM, with The Final Whistle postgame show immediately following on 810 WHB.