Major League Soccer All-Star Game
|Region||Major League Soccer (CONCACAF)|
|Number of teams||2|
|Current champions||Atlético Madrid (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||MLS All-Stars (9 titles)|
|Television broadcasters||ESPN, FS1, UniMás, Univision, TSN, TVA Sports|
|2021 MLS All-Star Game|
The Major League Soccer All-Star Game is an annual soccer game held by Major League Soccer featuring selected players from the league against an international club. MLS initially adopted a traditional all-star game format used by other North American sports leagues where the Eastern Conference squared off against the Western Conference. This eventually evolved into the current system where the league annually invites a club from abroad to play against a league all-star team in a friendly match. The MLS All-Stars hold a 9–7 record in the competition marking the season's midpoint. Players are awarded rosters spots through a combination of fan voting and selections by the appointed manager and league commissioner.
In case of a tie after full-time, the game does not use a 30-minute extra time period; instead it goes straight to a penalty shoot-out. The match is preceded by a skills challenge tournament, which was introduced in 2018 and features three-player teams competing in various events. The All-Star Game also runs parallel to the Major League Soccer Homegrown Game, which debuted in 2014.
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Major League Soccer's first all-star game was played at Giants Stadium in the summer of 1996. The game, using an East–West format with players handpicked by the coaching staffs to emulate other American leagues, was the first game of a doubleheader with the Brazilian national team defeating a team of FIFA World All-Stars. The matchup between divisions would only be used for six seasons as MLS tried experimenting with different formats. The 1998 All-Star Game placed a team of American MLS players against MLS players from abroad. The 2002 game, the first to use a league-wide all-star team is the only game to feature a national team opponent.
Since then (except in 2004), every opponent has been a foreign club invited by the league. The MLS All-Stars won their first six games before falling to Everton in penalties in 2009. All games from 2005 to 2019 have been against teams from Europe, the majority of which have been from England's Premier League. The European league schedule runs from fall to spring, allowing for a fixture against the MLS All-Stars during the preseasons of teams. The 2020 All-Star Game was to be the first to feature the all-star team from another league, Liga MX; however, that game was cancelled.
The roster is chosen using a mix of fan votes, nominations from the coach, and commissioner's pick. Some players, including English midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in 2015, have been picked to participate in the All-Star Game despite not playing in club matches. Players who are picked to play in the All-Star Game but refuse to join the team are suspended from one league match.
For 2014, ten players were chosen by All-Star Game coach Caleb Porter, eleven players were chosen by fan voting (subject to Porter's approval), and two were selected by MLS commissioner Don Garber.
The modern incarnation of the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, introduced in 2018, is a freestyle soccer event that features three-player teams competing against each other in minigames, including a touch-and-volley goal showcase, a shooting accuracy competition, and a passing-and-shooting challenge. The older version of the skills challenge was retired in 2001 and featured other events, including "goalie wars" and soccer tennis.
Results by team
|West Ham United||—||1||1|
Results by nation
Results by year
"East vs. West" (1996–1997)
|July 14, 1996 1996 MLS All-Star Game||MLS East||3–2||MLS West||Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey|
Referee: Kevin Stott
MVP: Carlos Valderrama
|July 9, 1997 1997 MLS All-Star Game||MLS East||5–4||MLS West||Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey|
Referee: Arturo Angeles
MVP: Carlos Valderrama
"MLS USA vs. MLS World" (1998)
|August 2, 1998 1998 MLS All-Star Game||MLS USA||6–1||MLS World||Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida|
|T. Ramos 5'
|Report||M. Ramos 89'||Attendance: 34,416|
Referee: Esse Baharmast
MVP: Brian McBride
"East vs. West" (1999–2001)
|July 17, 1999 1999 MLS All-Star Game||MLS East||4–6||MLS West||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California|
Moore 62' (pen.)
|Report||Preki 13', 38'
Referee: Sandra Hunt
|July 29, 2000 2000 MLS All-Star Game||MLS West||4–9||MLS East||Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio|
|Razov 17', 22'
Diallo 59', 61'
Referee: Paul Tamberino
MVP: Mamadou Diallo
|July 28, 2001 2001 MLS All-Star Game||MLS West||6–6||MLS East||Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California|
|Donovan 3', 7', 19', 90+2'
McBride 34', 39'
Referee: Noel Kenney
MVP: Landon Donovan
"All-Stars vs. Guest" (2002–2003)
|August 3, 2002 2002 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||3–2||United States||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.|
Referee: Brian Hall
MVP: Marco Etcheverry
|August 2, 2003 2003 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||3–1||Guadalajara||Home Depot Center, Carson, California|
|Report||Garcia 66'||Attendance: 27,000|
Referee: Kevin Terry
MVP: Carlos Ruiz
"East vs. West" (2004)
|July 31, 2004 2004 MLS All-Star Game||MLS East||3–2||MLS West||Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts|
|Guevara 20', 22' (pen.)
Referee: Michael Kennedy
MVP: Amado Guevara
"All-Stars vs. Europe" (2005–2019)
|July 30, 2005 2005 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||4–1||Fulham||Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio|
Cunningham 85', 89'
|Report||Jensen 66' (pen.)||Attendance: 23,309|
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela
MVP: Taylor Twellman
|August 5, 2006 2006 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||1–0||Chelsea||Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois|
|De Rosario 70'||Report||Attendance: 21,210|
Referee: Abbey Okulaja
MVP: Dwayne De Rosario
|July 19, 2007 2007 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||2–0||Celtic||Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado|
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
MVP: Juan Pablo Ángel
|July 24, 2008 2008 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||3–2||West Ham United||BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario|
De Rosario 70' (pen.)
|Report||Ashton 26', 67'||Attendance: 20,844|
Referee: Mauricio Navarro
MVP: Cuauhtémoc Blanco
|July 29, 2009 2009 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||1–1|
|Everton||Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah|
|Davis 26'||Report||Saha 12'||Attendance: 20,124|
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
MVP: Tim Howard
|July 28, 2010 2010 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||2–5||Manchester United||Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas|
De Rosario 90'
|Report||Macheda 1', 13'
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
MVP: Federico Macheda
|July 27, 2011 2011 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||0–4||Manchester United||Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey|
Park Ji-sung 45'
Referee: Jair Marrufo
MVP: Park Ji-sung
|July 25, 2012 2012 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||3–2||Chelsea||PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania|
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
MVP: Chris Pontius
|July 31, 2013 2013 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||1–3||Roma||Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas|
|20:30||Gonzalez 90+1'||Report||Strootman 4'
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
MVP: Alessandro Florenzi
|August 6, 2014 2014 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||2–1||Bayern Munich||Providence Park, Portland, Oregon|
|Report||Lewandowski 8'||Attendance: 21,733|
Referee: Jair Marrufo
MVP: Landon Donovan
|July 29, 2015 2015 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||2–1||Tottenham Hotspur||Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado|
|Kaká 20' (pen.)
|Report||Kane 37'||Attendance: 18,671|
Referee: Ismail Elfath
|July 28, 2016 2016 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||1–2||Arsenal||Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California|
|Drogba 45+2'||Report||Campbell 10' (pen.)
Referee: Chris Penso
MVP: Chuba Akpom
|August 2, 2017 2017 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||1–1|
|Real Madrid||Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois|
|Dwyer 87'||Report||Mayoral 59'||Attendance: 61,428|
Referee: Allen Chapman
MVP: Borja Mayoral
|August 1, 2018 2018 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||1–1|
|Juventus||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Martínez 26'||Report||Favilli 21'||Attendance: 72,317|
Referee: Robert Sibiga
MVP: Josef Martínez
|July 31, 2019 2019 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||0–3||Atlético Madrid||Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida|
Referee: Drew Fischer
MVP: Marcos Llorente
"All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars" (2021–present)
|August 25, 2021 2021 MLS All-Star Game||MLS All-Stars||v||Liga MX All-Stars||Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California|
|Note: Originally scheduled for July 29, 2020; postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.|
Since 2015, English-language rights for the MLS All-Star Game have alternated between ESPN and Fox. In even numbered years, ESPN has broadcast the All-Star Game while Fox would broadcast the MLS Cup. Likewise, in odd numbered years, Fox would be slated to broadcast the All-Star Game while ESPN or its sister network, ABC beginning in 2019, would broadcast the MLS Cup. This arrangement will stay in place until at least, the 2022 season.
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