DENVER, CO - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Major League Soccer today announced Denver, Colorado will serve as the host city for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Star team will take on a prestigious international club on Wednesday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. MLS Commissioner Don Garber today joined Colorado Rapids executive and MLS Board of Governors member Josh Kroenke, as well as officials from the state of Colorado, city of Denver, Commerce City and Visit Denver at Union Station in Denver to make the announcement.
FOX Sports 1 and UniMás will broadcast the AT&T MLS All-Star Game live in the United States, and TSN and RDS2 will televise the match in Canada. The game will be simulcast online via FOX Sports GO and FOXSportsGO.com. In addition, more than 100 countries are expected to broadcast the game.
"Colorado has become a destination for marquee soccer events, and we are thrilled to bring the AT&T All-Star Game to the region," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "Dick's Sporting Goods Park is a tremendous stadium, and we know the enthusiastic support of Centennial 38 and other Rapids fans will provide a great home-field advantage for the MLS All-Stars."
The annual showcase will again feature several exciting days of events surrounding the match such as concerts, community service initiatives and player appearances. In addition, the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, featuring the best homegrown players from across the league, will return for the second consecutive year.
The Rapids, one of MLS' original clubs, will host the All-Star Game for the second time as the MLS All-Stars defeated Scottish power Celtic FC 2-0 in front of a capacity crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in 2007, the stadium's inaugural season. Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who played for the MLS All-Star team in the victory over Celtic, will serve as head coach of the All-Stars in July.
Rapids season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets with full details of pricing and purchasing windows to be released at a later date.
"We'd like to thank Commissioner Garber and Major League Soccer for the faith they have shown in the Colorado Rapids by allowing us to host the All-Star Game for the second time. It is a great showcase for our organization and community," said Colorado Rapids Alternate Governor Josh Kroenke.
"We are one of the original ten clubs in the League, and we hope this game will highlight the growth and progress the MLS and Colorado Rapids have made in the 20-year history of the league."
The 2015 All-Star Game will mark the 12th time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars, who are 8-3-1 in those matches following last year's 2-1 victory against Germany's FC Bayern Munich. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured successful, world-famous clubs such as Manchester United FC (2010 and 2011), Chelsea FC (2006 and 2012), AS Roma (2013), and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003). The opponent for this summer's game will be announced at a later date.
"As a long-time supporter of Major League Soccer, we're happy to see the AT&T MLS All-Star Game return to Denver, where the league has such a legacy of success," said Bill Moseley, Director of Sponsorships, AT&T. "We cannot wait to mobilize the passion of the country's soccer fans once again for what should be an fun, action-packed week this July."
Home to the Colorado Rapids, Dick's Sporting Goods Park's 917-acre site is a public-private partnership between Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and Commerce City. The site also hosts the city offices of Commerce City, lots for retail outlets, offices for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a visitors' and educational center for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, among other entities.
MLS ALL-STAR GAMES
1996: East 3, West 2 (E. Rutherford, N.J.)
1997: East 5, West 4 (E. Rutherford, N.J.)
1998: MLS USA 6, MLS World 1 (Orlando, Fla.)
1999: West 6, East 4 (San Diego, Calif.)
2000: East 9, West 4 (Columbus, Ohio)
2001: East 6, West 6 (San Jose, Calif.)
2002: MLS 3, U.S. National Team 2 (Washington, D.C.)
2003: MLS 3, CD Guadalajara 1 (Carson, Calif.)
2004: East 3, West 2 (Washington, D.C.)
2005: MLS 4, Fulham FC 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2006: MLS 1, Chelsea FC 0 (Bridgeview, Ill.)
2007: MLS 2, Celtic FC 0 (Commerce City, Colo.)
2008: MLS 3, West Ham United FC 2 (Toronto, Ont., Canada)
2009: MLS 1, Everton FC 1 (Everton 4-3 pen) (Sandy, Utah)
2010: Manchester United FC 5, MLS 2 (Houston, Texas)
2011: Manchester United FC 4, MLS 0 (Harrison, N.J.)
2012: MLS 3, Chelsea FC 2 (Chester, Pa.)
2013: A.S. Roma 3, MLS 1 (Kansas City, Kan.)
2014: MLS 2, FC Bayern Munich 1 (Portland, Ore.)
2015: MLS vs. TBD (Denver, Colo.)
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