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Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game has been elected to head to D.C. (US).

‘MLS’ stated that Major League Soccer (MLS) announced recently that Washington, D.C. will host the 2023 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on July 19th at the Audi Field, home of the MLS team D.C. United. The opponent for Major League Soccer’s showcase event will be announced at a later date.

The Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men’s professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, which represents the sport’s highest level in the United States. The league comprises 28 teams – 25 in the US and 3 in Canada – and will expand to 29 teams for the 2023 season.

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.

The Audi Field is a soccer-specific stadium in Buzzard Point in Washington, D.C., (US). It is the home stadium for the Major League Soccer team D.C. United. The stadium is also used by the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in select matches. The stadium seats 20,000 people.
 

Streaming service

‘MLS’ further stated that the 2023 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will be presented live to fans around the world through the MLS streaming service as part of Major League Soccer’s 10-year partnership with the technology company Apple. The first-of-its-kind partnership will see all MLS matches, including marquee games and events, streamed live around the world. Additional broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
 

Tickets:

All D.C. United season ticket holders will receive priority pre-sale access for the 2023 MLS All-Star game presented by Target.

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Abuzz with activities

The 2023 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will be the culmination of a week-long series of events throughout Washington, D.C., including community initiatives, concerts, parties, the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G, and more.
 

Perfect combine

Said MLS Commissioner Don Garber, “We are thrilled to bring the MLS All-Star Game and festivities back to Washington, D.C., a City with a rich soccer history, as well as a diverse and vibrant soccer culture. D.C. United and the community have always held a special place in the hearts of everyone who believed in the power and growth of soccer in the U.S., and Audi Field will provide an incredible backdrop for next Summer’s game.”

While the MLS All-Star Game has been played in Washington, D.C., twice before, in 2002 and 2004 at the 45,596-capacity RFK Stadium, the 27th edition of Major League Soccer’s Midsummer showcase will be played at the Audi Field for the first time since the opening of the stadium in 2018. The home of D.C. United, Audi Field is located in the Capitol Riverfront, the fastest growing neighborhood in downtown D.C. and is within walking distance of several of the City’s best hotels, restaurants and nightlife destinations nestled along the Anacostia River and the Washington Channel.

The 20,000-seat LEED-certified stadium lies a short walk from the historic National Mall and features views of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument and a safe-standing supporters’ section – affectionately known as the Chico Stand – that is home to the team’s six supporters groups.

Following the opening of Audi Field in July 2018, D.C. United has taken several steps to advance the club both on and off the pitch. In 2019, the club fully funded their Academy, opened a state-of-the-art performance center in Northern Virginia, which houses both the first team as well as the reigning National Women’s Soccer League champions, the Washington Spirit, founded a United Soccer League Championship affiliate, Loudoun United FC and developed and opened a 5,000-seat stadium in Leesburg, Virginia, for the team and community to use.
 

All-Star Game hosts

  • 1996: East Rutherford, New Jersey – East 3, West 2;
  • 1997: East Rutherford, New Jersey – East 5, West 4;
  • 1998: Orlando, Florida – MLS USA 6, MLS World 1;
  • 1999: San Diego, California – West 6, East 4;
  • 2000: Columbus, Ohio – East 9, West 4;
  • 2001: San Jose, California – East 6, West 6;
  • 2002: Washington, D.C. – MLS 3, U.S. National Team 2;
  • 2003: Carson, California – MLS 3, C.D. Guadalajara (Mexican professional football club) 1;
  • 2004: Washington, D.C. – East 3, West 2;
  • 2005: Columbus, Ohio – MLS 4, Fulham F.C. (UK) 1;
  • 2006: Bridgeview, Illinois – MLS 1, Chelsea F.C. (UK) 0;
  • 2007: Commerce City, Colorado – MLS 2, Celtic F.C. (Scottish professional football club) 0;
  • 2008: Toronto, Canada – MLS 3, West Ham United F.C. (UK) 2;
  • 2009: Sandy, Utah – MLS 1, Everton F.C. (UK) 1 (Everton 4-3 pen);
  • 2010: Houston, Texas – Manchester United F.C. (UK) 5, MLS 2;
  • 2011: Harrison, New Jersey – Manchester United F.C. (UK) 4, MLS 0;
  • 2012: Chester, Pennsylvania – MLS 3, Chelsea F.C. 2;
  • 2013: Kansas City, Kansas – A.S. Roma (Italy) 3, MLS 1;
  • 2014: Portland, Oregon – MLS 2, FC Bayern Munich (Germany) 1;
  • 2015: Commerce City, Colorado – MLS 2, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (UK) 1;
  • 2016: San Jose, California – Arsenal F.C. (UK) 2, MLS 1;
  • 2017: Chicago, Illinois – Real Madrid CF (Spain) 1, MLS 1 (Real Madrid 4-2 pen);
  • 2018: Atlanta, Georgia – Juventus F.C. (Italy) 1, MLS 1 (Juventus 5-4 pen);
  • 2019: Orlando, Florida – Atlético de Madrid (Spain) 3, MLS 0;
  • 2021: Los Angeles, California – MLS All-Stars 1, LIGA MX All-Stars (Mexico) 1 (MLS All-Stars 3-2 pen); and
  • 2022: Minnesota – the 19,400-capacity Allianz Field – MLS All-Stars vs. LIGA MX All-Stars (August 10th, 2022).

 
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