The 2023 MLS All-Star Game will see the MLS take on Premier League leaders Arsenal on July 19 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Additionally, 10 top Arsenal FC players will face off against 10 MLS All-Stars in the 2023 MLS Skills Challenge at Audi Field on the night of July 18.
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Arsenal sporting Director Edu, said:
“Our match against MLS All-Stars in July is a great opportunity for Mikel and the squad to prepare ahead of the new season, facing a strong opposition. We’re currently working on our pre-season plans and we look forward to announcing further details soon.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta added:
“It’s great that we’re playing against the MLS All-Stars in Washington D.C. in July. Our US tour last summer was very good preparation for the season, and we’re looking forward to once again visiting our amazing supporters in the US. The match against the MLS All-Stars will be a good test ahead of the 2023/24 season.”
Facing Arsenal is a return to the format of the best of MLS facing off with a major European club team. The last two years have seen the MLS All-Stars face off with the Liga MX All-Stars, however, with the advent of the Campeones Cup and Leagues Cup in the past two years, the league has no shortage of engagement with Mexican teams and their fanbases.
This isn’t the first time that MLS will face Arsenal in an all-star game. In 2016, the league’s best and brightest lost 2-1 to the Gunners in San Jose, California. Didier Drogba scored the lone goal for the MLS All-Stars, while Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom scored for Arsenal.
Wayne Rooney will coach MLS All-Stars
D.C. United head coach Wayne Rooney will serve as head coach for the MLS All-Stars as they take on the current Premier League leaders. The 2023 All-Star Game will be Rooney’s third All-Star appearance as he played in the 2019 edition against Atlético Madrid and played against the MLS All-Stars in 2011 as a member of Manchester United.
“I’ve had a front-row seat to watch the growth and development of Major League Soccer, first as a player and now as a manager,” said Rooney. “The opportunity to lead the best our league has to offer against a top Premier League club like Arsenal will be a highlight for me personally and an unforgettable experience for our passionate fanbase here in D.C.”