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MLS All Stars To Host Liga MX All Stars In Unprecedented Summer Fixture

Damir Kreilach #8 of Real Salt Lake kicks the ball past Kellyn Acosta #10 of Colorado Rapids in the second half during a match in the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 12, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. Real Salt Lake won 2-0. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Major League Soccer in conjunction with Liga MX has announced that this year’s All-Star event will see a team of MLS All-Stars takes on a team of Liga MX All-Stars in a first of its kind fixture.

The match will take place at Banc of America Stadium in Los Angeles California on Wednesday, August 25 and will be broadcast on FS1 and Univision.

“Fans have been looking forward to this historic matchup for more than a year, and we have no doubt the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will prove to be worth the wait,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.  “A game of this magnitude in Los Angeles, played in front of incredible fans in one of the greatest soccer stadiums in global soccer, is unlike anything our sport has seen. This event is a perfect expression of the groundbreaking partnership that continues to build between MLS and LIGA MX.”

The recent announcement adds to the growing list of events that MLS and Liga MX are both involved in. Real Salt Lake recently announced that Rio Tinto Stadium would host Club America and Santos Laguna in a friendly exhibition match on July 4. Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup are other marquee tournaments that host clubs from both leagues.

“LIGA MX is proud to be part of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game,” said LIGA MX Executive President Mikel Arriola. “This is going to be an intense match in a fantastic setting and world-class stadium in Los Angeles, a city that has a deep connection to our country, league, players and fans. The 2021 All-Star Game is another step in the partnership we have established between two of the best leagues in the world, and it will only intensify the rivalry between MLS and LIGA MX, and is an important part of the internationalization project of our League to reach more audiences beyond Mexico. We are looking forward to playing for the supporters of LIGA MX and giving soccer fans around the world a match they will never forget.”

LAFC manager Bob Bradley will play the role of Manager for the MLS All-Stars.