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Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nemanja Nikolic voted into MLS All-Star Game

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nemanja Nikolic voted into MLS All-Star Game

The MLS All-Stars should be filled with Chicago Fire players and two of them are among the first players on the roster.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic were included in the group of 10 players that fans voted into the MLS All-Star Fan XI, as first posted by the Chicago Tribune. The MLS All-Star Game will take place at Soldier Field on August 2 with Real Madrid serving as the opponent.

Both Schweinsteiger and Nikolic are newcomers to the Fire this season and have been huge parts of the team's turnaround from cellar dwellar to being currently tied with Toronto FC for the best record in Major League Soccer. Schweinsteiger was called the MVP at this point in the season by MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle and Nikolic is leading the league in goals with 16 so far.

Joining the two Fire standouts as players voted in the by fans are David Villa (New York City FC) at forward, Kaka (Orlando), Michael Bradley (Toronto) and Miguel Almiron (Atlanta) in midfield, defenders DaMarcus Beasley (Houston), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and Greg Garza (Atlanta) and goalkeeper Tim Howard (Colorado). Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco got into the Fan XI via a contest involving FIFA 17.

Schweinsteiger played in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game when he played with Bayern Munich in Portland and was on the receiving end of a tackle from Will Johnson that set then-Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola off. This time Schweinsteiger will be a part on the MLS side of the All-Star Game.

Later in July, Fire coach Veljko Paunovic will add 11 players and commissioner Don Garber will select two more to fill out a 23-man roster. Dax McCarty and David Accam seem likely choices to join the All-Star Team from the Fire.

MLS announces return to play plan for tournament at Disney World

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MLS announces return to play plan for tournament at Disney World

MLS soccer is coming back this summer.

The league announced a plan to have all 26 MLS clubs resume play on July 8 with a league-wide “MLS is Back Tournament.”

The games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, without fans in the stands.

Here’s how it will work:

Clubs can arrive in Orlando to begin training on June 24. Then a group stage will begin July 8 followed by a knockout stage, starting July 25.

There will be six groups, three for each the Western and Eastern Conferences. The group stage draw will occur on June 11 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Each team will play three group stage matches, and the results from those games will count in the 2020 MLS regular season standings.

Then the top two teams from each group, plus the four best third-place finishers will advance to the knockout stage. That stage starts with a round-of-16, followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and then the championship game. The championship game will be played on August 11.

In case of a tie at the end of regulation in the knockout stage, games will proceed directly to a penalty kick shootout.

The winner of the tournament will earn a berth in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.

At the conclusion of the tournament, MLS will resume its regular season followed by the MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup.

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MLS cancels three marquee events in wake of coronavirus, reschedules for 2021

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MLS cancels three marquee events in wake of coronavirus, reschedules for 2021

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the cancelation of three marquee 2020 events in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 MLS All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup have all been canceled, the league announced Tuesday. Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. was set to host the All-Star game on July 29, and MLS said the 2021 event is now expected to take place at the same venue. 

MLS will resume negotiations with LIGA MX with hopes of squaring off in the 2021 exhibition match.

The second annual Leagues Cup tournament was set to occur between July and September, featuring top MLS and LIGA MX teams. The two leagues canceled the event in a joint decision and plan to play the tournament next year.

Similarly, MLS and LIGA MX jointly canceled the Campeones Cup, which features the reigning MLS champion against the LIGA MX's Campeón de Campeones winner. The 2020 event was scheduled for Aug. 12 at CenturyLink field, home of Seattle Sounders FC. It will return in 2021.