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:
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