Major League Soccer announced that Minneapolis and Saint Paul will host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game. The encounter sponsored by Target will take place at Minnesota United's Allianz Field.
The MLS All-Star Game is an annual soccer match held by Major League Soccer featuring selected players from the league against an international club. Opponent selection met an exception during last year's game, when the MLS team competed against Liga MX All-Stars (the top professional soccer division of the Mexican football league system). The second team for the 2022 showcase event will be announced at a later date.
Allianz Field, inaugurated in 2019, is a home of MLS team Minnesota United FC. Additionally, the venue hosted several international events, including a pair of CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage matches in 2019 and an international friendly for the U.S. women's national team later that year. Designed by Populous, the arena can accommodate up to 19,600 supporters.
“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.
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McGuire also added: “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 fixture will be the first MLS All-Star Game to be held in the Twin Cities. Before, only seven All-Star games were hosted in Minnesota, when we consider the six major men's and women's professional sports leagues (MLB: 1965, 1985, 2014; NBA: 1994; NHL: 1972, 2004; WNBA: 2018).
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