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MLS All-Star game 2022 will be played in Minnesota Image: Mortenson

The Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game is heading for the Twin Cities in the United States – Minneapolis and Saint Paul – which sits in the US State of Minnesota.

The ‘Major League Soccer’ stated that the MLS announced on October 5th that Minneapolis and Saint Paul will host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target (American retail corporation) on August 10th, 2022 at the MLS team Minnesota United’s residence – Allianz Field.

New York (US)-headquartered 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 27 teams – 24 in the United States and 3 in Canada – and plans to expand to 30 teams by 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 Minnesota United FC is an American professional soccer club based in Saint Paul, Minnesota (US) that plays in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The club began play in 2017 as the league’s 22nd club, and replaced the North American Soccer League franchise of the same name.

The Allianz Field is a soccer-specific stadium in Saint Paul, Minnesota (US), home to Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). The 19,400-seat stadium was designed by Populous and opened on April 13th, 2019, during the club’s third MLS season.
 

2022 MLS All-Star Week

The ‘Major League Soccer’ further stated that the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will be the culmination of a week-long series of events across Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including community initiatives, concerts, parties, the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G, and more.
 

Allianz Field

The match will be hosted at the iconic, state-of-the-art Allianz Field in Saint Paul. The 19,400-seat soccer-specific stadium opened its doors in 2019 to international acclaim. The stadium has a natural grass pitch and was designed with the fans in mind. Features include a 360-degree overhanging roof structure, every seat is within 125 feet of the pitch and the building includes a safe-standing, pyramid-shaped supporters’ section for nearly 3,000 fans. The exterior of the building is made of a unique Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) material with programable lighting that allows endless color variations to enhance the stadium experience.

The uniqueness of the stadium and the associated experience for players, clubs and fans has resulted in the Allianz Field becoming a highly sought-after venue for international events, hosting a pair of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) Gold Cup group stage matches in 2019 and an international friendly for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) later that year. The Allianz Field will host an additional friendly between the USWNT and South Korea later this Fall.
 

Thrilled to bits

Said Bill McGuire, Managing Partner, Minnesota United FC, “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. 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.”

Informed MLS Commissioner Don Garber, “We are proud to bring the 2022 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target to Minnesota. Since the club began play in the league in 2017, Minnesota United and their incredible fan base have played a key role in the continued rise of MLS and growth of our sport throughout the U.S. As the eyes of the soccer world turn to Allianz Field next August 10th, the people of Minnesota will be fantastic hosts and the supporters and ‘Wonderwall’ will create a memorable atmosphere for our marquee summer event.”

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