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MLS to announce 2017 All-Star Game will be at Soldier Field

MLS to announce 2017 All-Star Game will be at Soldier Field

The Major League Soccer All-Star Game is set to make its first appearance in Chicago this summer.

For now, official announcement is still coming on Tuesday, but MLS did schedule a press conference at Soldier Field will take place Tuesday afternoon for a "special annoucement."

It's no secret that the press conference will announce the 2017 MLS All-Star Game will take place at Soldier Field, but some details are still not known such as the MLS All-Star team's opponent and the date of the game. MLS commissioner Don Garber, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman will be among those available at the press conference.

The Fire’s home stadium Toyota Park, which is located in suburban Bridgeview, hosted the All-Star Game in 2006, the year the stadium opened. The 2006 edition pitted Chelsea against the MLS All-Stars. Soldier Field and the city of Chicago have never hosted.

This is the first time since 2010 that the All-Star Game will not be at the home of an MLS team. That year, Houston’s Reliant Stadium, now called NRG Stadium, hosted the MLS All-Stars against Manchester United.

The Fire played in Soldier Field for the first four years of the club’s existence from 1998-2001 and returned to the renovated stadium midway through 2003 and stayed there through 2005 until Toyota Park opened.

The last time an all-star game was held in Chicago was in 2003 when U.S. Cellular Field hosted the MLB All-Star Game.

Here's a list of All-Star Games in Chicago:

Year League Venue
1933 MLB Comiskey Park
1947 MLB Wrigley Field
1948 NHL Chicago Stadium
1950 MLB Comiskey Park
1961 NHL Chicago Stadium
1962 MLB Wrigley Field
1973 NBA Chicago Stadium
1974 NHL Chicago Stadium
1983 MLB Comiskey Park
1988 NBA Chicago Stadium
1990 MLB Wrigley Field
1991 NHL Chicago Stadium
2003 MLB U.S. Cellular Field
2017 MLS Soldier Field

 

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.

 

MLS, U.S. soccer suspend play in response to coronavirus

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MLS, U.S. soccer suspend play in response to coronavirus

American soccer is going on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MLS announced on Thursday they are suspending the season for 30 days in response to the coronavirus. U.S. Soccer later announced that they have suspended men's and women's national team games through April.

The Chicago Fire kicked off their season on March 1 and were scheduled to make their home debut at Soldier Field on March 21. 

The NBA announced the indefinite suspension of its season Wednesday after a Utah Jazz player was diagnosed with the virus. The NHL has advised teams to cancel practices and meetings.