MLS All-Star Game set for Los Angeles vs. Liga MX All-Stars
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The 2020 MLS All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles against the Liga MX All-Stars on July 29, the league announced Wednesday.
The contest will be played at Banc of California Stadium, home of Los Angeles FC.
LAFC coach Bob Bradley will coach the MLS team against the Mexico top division stars. The three-time Coach of the Year winner guided LAFC to a regular-season record 72 points last season but his team was eliminated in the postseason by the eventual champion Seattle Sounders.
"As we celebrate our 25th season, we wanted to deliver an unique and unprecedented format for our annual All-Star Game," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. "Our first ever game between the best of MLS and Liga MX's top players is the perfect way to build on the growing relationship between the two top soccer leagues in the region."
The MLS All-Star Game will be in the Los Angeles area for the first time since 2003, when the currently named Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., was the site. The Los Angeles Galaxy were the hosts for that game.
Liga MX executive president Enrique Bonilla said the All-Star matchup will further his league's relationship with the MLS.
"For Liga MX, it is a privilege to be part of MLS' celebration of its 25th season with this MLS All-Star Game," Bonilla said in a statement. "Also, it represents another step in the partnership that we have established between two of the best leagues in the world.
"I know that this game being played in a spectacular setting and a magnificent stadium will be exciting for our fans, in a city that is special to us. For Liga MX, it will always be important to be close to our supporters in the United States. The MLS All-Star Game, of course, strengthens the sports rivalry between MLS and Liga MX -- a rivalry that will collaborate directly in the growth of the sport in our region."