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Liga MX names roster ahead of All Star game against MLS

Lizzy Becherano
Torneo Guard1anes 2021 Liga MX champions Cruz Azul
Torneo Guard1anes 2021 Liga MX champions Cruz Azul / Hector Vivas/Getty Images
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Liga MX has revealed their roster ahead of the 2021 All-Star game against Major League Soccer on August 25 at the Banc of California Stadium.

The LIGA BBVA MX All-Star Team consists of 25 players, with one more yet to be announced by executive president Mikel Arriola for a total of 26. 

The first 14 players were chosen based on the Balon de Oro awards, where athletes were winners or nominees in the categories of best goalkeeper, full back, defender, defensive midfielder, attacking midfielder, rookie and forward.

Cruz Azul head coach and leader of the LigaMX All-Star side Juan Reynoso personally selected an additional 11 players to complement the squad. 

1. Goalkeepers

Guillermo Ochoa
Guillermo Ochoa for America v Pachuca / Jam Media/Getty Images

Jesus Corona- Cruz Azul, Balon de Oro: Best Goalkeeper 

Guillermo Ochoa- Club America, Coach’s pick 

Alfredo Talavera- Pumas UNAM, Balon de Oro: Best Goalkeeper nominee

2. Defenders

Pablo César Aguilar - Soccer Player
Pablo Aguilar during Cruz Azul v Atletico San Luis / Jam Media/Getty Images

Pablo Aguilar- Cruz Azul, Balon de Oro: Best Defender nominee

Matheus Doria
- Santos Laguna, Balon de Oro: Best Defender 

Victor Guzman- Tijuana, Balon de Oro: Best Rookie 

Cesar Montes- Monterrey, Coach’s pick 

William Tesillo- Leon, Coach’s pick

3. Fullbacks

Juan Escobar
Juan Escobar during Cruz Azul v Pachuca / Jam Media/Getty Images

Juan Escobar - Cruz Azul, Coach’s pick 

Jesus Gallardo - Monterrey, Coach’s pick

Fernando Navarro - Leon, Balon de Oro: Best Fullback 

Salvador Reyes - Club America, Balon de Oro: Best Fullback nominee

4. Midfielders

Angel Mena
Angel Mena with Club Leon during the 2021 LigaMX / Leopoldo Smith/Getty Images

Pedro Aquino - Club America, Coach’s pick

Fernando Gorriaran - Santos Laguna, Balon de Oro: Best Defensive Midfielder nominee 

Angel Mena - Club Leon, Coach’s pick 

Luis Montes - Club Leon, Balon de Oro: Best Attacking Midfielder

Guido Pizarro - Tigres, Coach’s pick 

Luis Romo - Cruz Azul, Balon de Oro: Best Defensive Midfielder 

Rubens Sambueza - Toluca, Balon de Oro: Best Attacking Midfielder nominee 

Diego Valdes - Santos Laguna, Coach’s pick

5. Forwards

Andre Pierre Gignac
Andre Pierre Gignac during Atlas v Tigres UANL / Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Alexis Canelo - Toluca, Balon de Oro nominee: Best Forward nominee

Andre-Pierre Gignac - Tigres, Coach’s pick

Rogelio Funes Mori - Monterrey Rayados, Coach’s pick

Santiago Munoz - Santos Laguna, Balon de Oro: Best Rookie nominee

Jonathan Rodriguez - Cruz Azul, Balon de Oro: Best Forward nominee

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