Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that the 2020 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles Football Club’s home stadium on July 29. For the league’s 25th season, the opponent will be a new one, and one long lobbied for, in a team of Liga MX all-stars.
Bob Bradley will coach the MLS All-Star Team for the game.
“We are honored to host the best of MLS versus the best of LIGA MX at Banc of California Stadium. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our passionate supporters and spectacular stadium while representing the entire Los Angeles community on the international stage,” said Tom Penn, LAFC president and co-owner, in a statement announcing the news.
In the opening years of the MLS All-Star Game, the game was played between two teams of MLS All-Stars, and then in the last 15 years or so, one team of MLS all-stars have faced a foreign club team, usually a European powerhouse. Many had advocated for there to be a clash of MLS all-stars and Liga MX all-stars, and while it didn’t seem likely to ever happen, it’s happening now.
The Banc had been rumored to be a top candidate to host an MLS All-Star Game from 2018, when the facility opened, and its turn will indeed be next season.
Whether you love the All-Star Game in MLS or not, one of the benefits of hosting the big event is your stadium and city becomes the nerve center of MLS for a few days. All the stars come, representatives from all the clubs are there, the media descends and there are plenty of related parties and events aside from just the game itself, like the Homegrown Game and the Skills Challenge. Again, even if you are opposed to the All-Star Game as a concept, it’s a ton of fun to be the league’s host for a few days and show them how awesome The Banc and LAFC are.
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