Major League Soccer has announced that the first All-Star game against MLS Best will be played on Wednesday, August 25, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. It was scheduled to take place last summer, but the event was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In previous editions of the All-Star Game, MLS All-Stars have hosted international clubs like Manchester United, or East vs. West or USA vs. other American sports. They have adopted more traditional World formats.
Trying to take advantage of the intense football competition between the United States and Mexico The last final of the League of Nations, MLS and Liga MX have been working together in recent years to create new competitions for clubs in both leagues: the annual Champions Cup is a competition between each league champion and the Leagues Cup is a knockout round for MLS and multiple Liga MX teams. .
MLS and Liga MX clubs are already head to head in the CONCACAF Champions League to win the title of best team in the region. The Liga MX teams dominated the competition and there will be three delegates in this year’s semi-final to be played in October. The Philadelphia Union is another semifinalist, drawn from MLS.
In recent years, several Mexican players have called home MLS, adding to the dynamics between the two leagues. Carlos Velak (LAFC) and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (LA Galaxy) both play in Southern California and are expected to vote for the MLS team, preventing injury.
No details were given as to how All-Stars would be selected for each league. LAFC Director Bob Bradley will be the head coach of the MLS team.
The 2021 Star Game will be televised on US FS1 and Univision, TSN and TVA Sports in Canada and 190 countries and territories around the world. Tickets go on sale July 14 in public.
In 2019 the last game of the star was won 3-0 by the current league champions Atletico Madrid of Orlando. The last time they played in Southern California was in 2003 when the MLS All-Stars defeated Mexican giant Chivas Guadalajara 3-1 at what is now home to LA Galaxy Dignity Health Sports Park.