More than a year in the making, Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will see the MLS All-Stars face off against the LIGA MX All-Stars on Wednesday, August 25, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
The event will mark the first time ever that the two rival leagues will go head-to-head in a battle for supremacy. The showpiece event of the summer will be broadcast in the US on FS1 and Univision, in Canada on TSN and TVA Sports, on ESPN throughout Mexico and Latin America and in more than 190 countries and territories around the world.
“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 in a league release. “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.”
MLS All-Star Game tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 14 ,but you can register now to receive information about presale opportunities.
Bob Bradley will coach MLS All-Stars
Bob Bradley, the three-time MLS Coach of the Year with host club Los Angeles Football Club, will coach the MLS All-Stars. In 2019, Bradley led LAFC to the Supporters’ Shield as the club set a new MLS regular season points record.
“This will be a special night of football in Los Angeles,” said Bradley. “It is always an honor to represent our city and our league on the international stage, and we look forward to competing against the LIGA MX All-Stars.”
Los Angeles events
With the city of Los Angeles as the perfect backdrop, MLS All-Star week will come to life with both leagues leaving a lasting legacy through fan engagement opportunities and charitable initiatives that foster more inclusive and equitable communities including providing access to soccer in underserved communities through the MLS WORKS Community Day presented by Target and MLS WORKS Day of Service presented by Wells Fargo, spotlighting the style of soccer during the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T, and celebrating the intersection of soccer and music at the MLS All-Star Concert presented by Heineken.
MLS - Liga MX partnership
The 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target is the latest piece of the partnership between MLS and LIGA MX, which also includes major events on the soccer calendar such as Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup.
"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."