Major League Soccer Wednesday announced that the 2021 MLS All-Star Game will see the league’s best face off against the LIGA MX All-Stars Wednesday, August 25, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
For the first time, the two rival leagues will go head-to-head.
The match will be broadcast in the U.S. 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 … will prove to be worth the wait,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “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.”
The leagues also have partnered for the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup.
“LIGA MX is proud to be part of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game,” LIGA MX executive president Mikel Arriola said in a statement. “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.”
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 guided LAFC to the Supporters’ Shield as the club set an MLS regular season points record.
“This will be a special night of football in Los Angeles,” Bradley said in a statement. “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.”
MLS All-Star Game tickets go on sale on Thursday, July 14. More information about the MLS All-Star schedule of events will be announced in the coming weeks.
This will be the first MLS All-Star Game in Los Angeles since 2003, when the MLS defeated LIGA MX’s Club Deportivo Guadalajara, 3-1, at Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly the Home Depot Center), home of the LA Galaxy. The 2003 event was the first MLS All-Star Game against a club from another country.