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LAFC’s Carlos Vela to participate in 2019 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge

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Los Angeles Football Club star Carlos Vela will participate in the 2019 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge on July 30 in Orlando, MLS announced on Monday.

Vela, D.C. United star Wayne Rooney and LA Galaxy star Jonathan dos Santos will be on a team, going against the Orlando City team of Nani, Chris Mueller and Sebastian Mendez, and the Atletico de Madrid team of Koke and two players to be named later.

The players will participate in a skills challenge that will be three events: Shooting, Touch and Volley (like a dunk contest for shooting?), and passing through targets.

It’s the first time we’ll see a contest like this, which is in the spirit of the NBA Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend for the NBA. It sounds fun, it doesn’t involve tackling so there should be little to no injury risk, and hopefully it’s a good time.

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