The increased talent in MLS has made a big impact in the All-Star Game. What used to be a showdown between both conferences quickly evolved into an annual event in which the best players in the league measure against some of the top teams in Europe. The presence of Latin players has given the MLS side an interesting addition in terms of talent that they didn't have before. The MLS All-Stars defeated Bayern Munich in 2014 and Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. This year, they will take on Arsenal. Which Latin players will take part in the event?
1. Mauro Díaz - FC Dallas
Mauro Díaz was chosen to participate in the event after being named as one of the two Commissioner Picks made by Don Garber. The Argentinian playmaker, however, has had a very good season and could've easily been selected in the initial roster. The former River Plate star is one of the most important players for FC Dallas, and has contributed with three goals and nine assists in 17 appearances this season.
2. Giovani dos Santos - Los Angeles Galaxy
The Mexican striker started the season in an impressive run of form, but he hasn't been very productive of late. Even with a dip in his form, the former FC Barcelona and Villarreal player remains one of the best attackers in the league. His international experience could be a plus in this game. He's scored seven goals in 2016 for LA.
3. Ignacio Piatti - Montreal Impact
Ignacio Piatti has been the best player for Montreal Impact this season, and he's a darkhorse to win the Landon Donovan MVP Award based on just how good he's been. The former San Lorenzo player has been vital for the Impact this year. The 31-year-old has contributed with 12 goals and five assists in 18 matches.
4. Kendall Waston - Vancouver Whitecaps
Kendall Waston might not be a household name among casual MLS fans, but the Costa Rica international has had another great year with the Vancouver Whitecaps. As if that wasn't enough, he's been a big threat on both ends of the pitch thanks to his aerial ability. He's scored at least two goals in each of the three seasons he's played stateside.
5. David Ospina - Arsenal
David Ospina is the starting goalkeeper on the Colombian National Team, but he's been relegated to a secondary role in Arsenal due to Petr Cech's presence. Considering this is a friendly match, however, there's a decent chance Ospina sees the field at some point.
6. Joel Campbell - Arsenal
Much like Ospina, Joel Campbell has a crowded path to become a starter in Arsenal this season. The Costa Rican will have to battle with established stars such as Alexis Sánchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for consistent playing time. Campbell, however, is coming off a strong showing in the 2016 Copa America. He's talented enough to see some action in this pre-season game.