MLS commissioner Don Garber and Minnesota United managing partner Bill McGuire. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer Tuesday announced that the Twin Cities will host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game Aug. 10 at Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United.
The league’s marquee summer event returns for its 26th edition and will be broadcast on the networks of ESPN and Univision in the U.S., and TSN and TVA Sports in Canada.
The match will be the culmination of a week-long series of events across Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including community initiatives, concerts, parties, the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G and more.
“We are proud to bring the 2022 MLS All-Star Game … to Minnesota,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “Since the club began play in the league in 2017, Minnesota United and their incredible fan base have played a key role in the continued rise of MLS and growth of our sport throughout the U.S. As the eyes of the soccer world turn to Allianz Field next August 10, the people of Minnesota will be fantastic hosts and the supporters and ‘Wonderwall’ will create a memorable atmosphere for our marquee summer event.”
The match will be hosted at Allianz Field in Saint Paul. The 19,600-seat soccer-specific stadium opened its doors in 2019. The stadium has a natural grass pitch. Features include a 360-degree overhanging roof structure, every seat is within 125 feet of the pitch, and the building includes a safe-standing, pyramid-shaped supporters’ section for nearly 3,000 fans.
Allianz Field becoming a highly sought after venue for international events, hosting two Concacaf Gold Cup group stage matches in 2019 and an international friendly for the U.S. women’s national team later that year. The stadium will host an additional friendly between the U.S. women’s national team and South Korea later this fall.
“We are all extremely excited and honored to see the premier event for soccer in North America coming to the Twin Cities and our state,” said Bill McGuire, the managing partner for Minnesota United FC. “Led by Target and supported by other great Minnesota businesses and our unparalleled fans, this will be an extraordinary event built around a week of wonderful activities for everyone. Soccer is indeed the world’s game, and we look forward to sharing with everyone all that it represents and what makes Allianz Field and the Twin Cities such a great place to experience all that it offers.”
The opponent for Major League Soccer’s showcase event will be announced at a later date.
HISTORY OF MLS ALL-STAR GAMES
1996: East 3, West 2 (E. Rutherford, N.J.)
1997: East 5, West 4 (E. Rutherford, N.J.)
1998: MLS USA 6, MLS World 1 (Orlando)
1999: West 6, East 4 (San Diego)
2000: East 9, West 4 (Columbus)
2001: East 6, West 6 (San Jose)
2002: MLS 3, U.S. National Team 2 (Washington, D.C.)
2003: MLS 3, CD Guadalajara 1 (Carson, Calif.)
2004: East 3, West 2 (Washington, D.C.)
2005: MLS 4, Fulham FC 1 (Columbus)
2006: MLS 1, Chelsea FC 0 (Bridgeview, Ill.)
2007: MLS 2, Celtic FC 0 (Commerce City, Colo.)
2008: MLS 3, West Ham United FC 2 (Toronto)
2009: MLS 1, Everton FC 1 (Everton 4-3 pen) (Sandy, Utah)
2010: Manchester United FC 5, MLS 2 (Houston)
2011: Manchester United FC 4, MLS 0 (Harrison, N.J.)
2012: MLS 3, Chelsea FC 2 (Chester, Pa.)
2013: AS Roma 3, MLS 1 (Kansas City)
2014: MLS 2, Bayern Munich 1 (Portland)
2015: MLS 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Commerce City, Colo.)
2016: Arsenal 2, MLS 1 (San Jose)
2017: Real Madrid 1, MLS 1 (Real Madrid 4-2 pen) (Chicago)
2018: Juventus 1, MLS 1 (Juventus 5-4 pen) (Atlanta)
2019: Atlético Madrid 3, MLS 0 (Orlando)
2021: MLS All-Stars 1, LIGA MX All-Stars 1 (MLS All-Stars 3-2 pen) (Los Angeles)