The MLS All-Star Game is headed back to the Mile High City. Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that Denver will serve as the host city for the league’s annual summer showcase, which will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Wednesday, July 29
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who played for the MLS All-Star team when Denver last hosted the event in 2007, will serve as the head coach of the All-Stars against an elite international club to be named at a later date.
“Colorado has become a destination for marquee soccer events, and we are thrilled to bring the AT&T All-Star Game to the region,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is a tremendous stadium, and we know the enthusiastic support of Centennial 38 and other Rapids fans will provide a great home-field advantage for the MLS All-Stars.”
The league also announced that as part of the All-Star festivities, the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game will return for a second consecutive year, showcasing the best Homegrown players from across the league.
In the only other MLS All-Star match played in Denver, the MLS squad beat Celtic 2-0 in 2007, part of a run of five MLS wins in a row before back-to-back losses to Manchester United in 2010 and 2011.
With many of the big European clubs (Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Man United, Liverpool, Man City) heading to Asia or Australia this summer, who will be the elite international club that MLS faces? Will we finally see a Latin America side take on MLS?