Major League Soccer

D.C. United's Paul Arriola sees All-Star game as chance for MLS to impress

Lizzy Becherano
Arriola is confident MLS players can make a name for themselves
Arriola is confident MLS players can make a name for themselves / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Paul Arriola has said that the upcoming MLS All-Star game is a chance for the league's talent to impress foreign talent.

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and LigaMX president Mikel Arriola recently announced that the 2021 MLS All-Star game will be played between the two leagues at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Following the press conference, chaos and excitement erupted over the match and possible future collaborations between the leagues. The All-Star game’s new cross-border format would be MLS and LigaMX’s latest clash as the two already go head-to-head in the Campeones Cup and Leagues Cup. 

D.C. United's Arriola, who has spent time in MLS and LigaMX, sees it as scouting opportunity for players in Mexico who are intrigued about playing north of the border.

"To be honest with you I think it's another opportunity for those players as well to take a look at MLS," Arriola said in an interview on Extratime. "I think players would be lying if they said they weren't intrigued by the thought of playing in MLS. I think for everybody the question is the level, which I think can clearly be left behind and be a thought that shouldn't exist anymore.

"But that's definitely I think how players are feeling. They want to know what it's like and obviously I'm sure most of the players have played with players that know about MLS or a lot of them are foreign, so I think it's an opportunity for them as well to be able to come and showcase themselves and really experience it and see if it's worth it for them."

The growth and skill level of Major League Soccer has been exponential as Arriola detailed in the interview after witnessing it himself over the years at D.C. United.

"I think there's a lot of quality in Liga MX, but I also think there's a lot of those guys that would love the opportunity to come to the US and play and get a chance to play an on MLS team, because I think the MLS is definitely trending in the right direction in all aspects," he said.