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MLS finalizes 2021 All-Star Game vs. Liga MX All-Stars

The All-Star Game more than a year in the making will kick off August 25.

MLS: 2020 All-Star Announcement Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer and LIGA MX formally announced the finalized plans and date for the 2021 MLS All-Star Game today after the event planned for last year was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition will kick off August 25 at Banc of California Stadium, home of Los Angeles FC. Here’s the fancy trailer released by MLS today.

The event will mark the first time ever that the two rival leagues will go head-to-head in an All-Star exhibition. The game will be broadcast in the US 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, according to the league.

“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 presented by Target will prove to be worth the wait,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a league release. “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 2021 MLS All-Star Game is the latest piece of the partnership between MLS and LIGA MX, which also includes competitions such as Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup. And if you notice in the video clip above, it hints that this is likely not the last time we see this All-Star Game matchup.

“LIGA MX is proud to be part of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game,” said LIGA MX Executive President Mikel Arriola in a press release. “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.”