Bukayo Saka Named 2023 MLS All Star Game MVP After Fabulous Display for Arsenal

Bukayo Saka Named 2023 MLS All Star Game MVP After Fabulous Display for Arsenal

Joel Reyes
updated at July 20, 2023 at 7:24 AM
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  • Arsenal defeated the MLS All-Stars 5-0 on Wednesday night
  • Five different players scored the goals for the Gunners
  • Bukayo Saka was named the 2023 MLS All-Star Game MVP

Bukayo Saka failed to get on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over the MLS All-Stars, but his impact was there for all to see in Wednesday’s victory.

He was unstoppable during the first half, wreaking havoc down the right flank for the Gunners and creating the team’s first two goals.

It was no surprise then that he was named MVP of the 2023 MLS All-Star Game.

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Bukayo Saka poses with the player of the match award during the 2023 MLS All-Star Game; Saka controls the ball as Álvaro Barreal of the MLS-All Stars defends him. Images: Stuart MacFarlane/ Tim Nwachukwu.
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Saka punishes MLS defence

Arsenal wasted no time dissecting the MLS All-Stars' defence, scoring the opening goal in the fifth minute, per Yahoo Sports.

Jorginho found some space in the middle of the pitch and released Saka with a perfect through ball down the right wing.

The young Englishman fought off Walker Zimmerman and Álvaro Barreal as he made his way towards the box. Despite the double team, Saka still managed to find Gabriel Jesus, who scored with a delicate chip shot from outside the box.

Saka found himself at the end of another fabulous through ball down the right flank in the 23rd minute.

He danced his way past the helpless Barreal before feeding Leandro Trossard with a pass at the edge of the box.

Trossard gathered Saka’s pass and shifted the ball to his right before unleashing a powerful strike past the MLS goalkeeper to make it 2-0 for Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta made three changes at the break, with Kai Havertz, Karl Hein, and Martin Odegaard replacing Saka, Aaron Ramsdale, and Eddie Nketiah.

That didn’t stop Arsenal from dominating the MLS All-Stars, as they added three more goals in the second half to complete the rout, per ESPN.

Havertz opens Arsenal account

Havertz silenced the critics, who blasted him for not scoring a goal in the MLS skills challenge on Tuesday.

Sports Brief reported that he found the back of the net in the 89th minute, hitting a thunderous volley after controlling a cross from Marquinhos.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.