For the 2nd consecutive year, the best of MLS will face the top Liga MX players in the All-Star Game. The game is set for August 10th in Minnesota. Tickets went on sale on April 28th. The All-Star Skills Challenge competition will take place on August 9th.
Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game will again pit the league’s best against their counterparts from Mexico’s LIGA MX.
The game is set for August 10th at Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United. The festivities that week will include a concert headlined by Khalid and a skills challenge, the league announced Thursday.
The MLS and LIGA MX All-Stars played to a 1-1 draw last year before MLS prevailed on penalty kicks.
“Our partnership with LIGA MX has brought out the best in both leagues on and off the field, and I have no doubt the intensity will be even higher for the rematch in Minnesota,”
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “Beyond the game, All-Star Week will celebrate our sport with a series of cultural and community initiatives for the passionate soccer fans of the region.”
ESPN and Univision will broadcast the match in the United States.
MLS will also introduce initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the game, with a portion of the ticket proceeds allocated to sustainability efforts in the local community.
Other programs surrounding the game will emphasize equity and inclusion.
“Last year’s match between the MLS All-Stars and the Liga MX All-Stars was the most competitive MLS All-Star Game ever, and we’re pleased to renew the rivalry between the two leagues this summer,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
After initially starting off with an East vs West format, the MLS All-Star Game morphed into an annual summer friendly against top European sides with teams like Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid among the opponents.
Ahead of the 2020 game, though, MLS and Liga MX announced plans to see the two leagues compete in a new-look format, which was postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That format will continue on as part of what has become an event.
All-Star week will feature a concert from R&B star Khalid as well as the return of the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, which will include five competitions: a shooting challenge, a touch challenge, a cross and volley challenge, a passing challenge and a crossbar challenge.