January 31, 2017
MLS sets All-Star game at Chicago's Soldier Field
The MLS All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the league announced as commissioner Don Garber was joined at the stadium Tuesday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire owner and chairman Andrew Hauptman.
This will be the first time the game will be played in a large-capacity stadium since 2010, when Manchester United took a 5-2 win before 70,728 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Fire coach Veljko Paunovic will manage the MLS team. The opponent will be announced later.
The MLS All-Stars, who lost to Arsenal FC, 2-1, in San Jose last year, have faced international opponents 14 times in the events 22-year history, posting a 9-4-1 record. Other opponents have included Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 and 12), AS Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham Hotspur (2015).
Soldier Field (capacity 61,500) has played host to CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, World Cup Qualifiers, 1994 FIFA World Cup matches and last summers Copa America Centenario. The stadium was home to the Chicago Fire for their first four seasons (1998-2001) and 2003-05. The Fire had a 62-23-10 record in home games at Soldier Field, winning the 98 MLS Cup and reaching the final two other times. The 2006 All-Star game was played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., the MLS All-Stars defeating Chelsea FC, 1-0, on a Dwayne De Rosario goal.
Also scheduled are concerts, community service initiatives, player appearances, plus a match featuring the leagues best young players.
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: MLS 2, Manchester United FC 5 (Houston, Texas)
2011: MLS 0, Manchester United FC 4 (Harrison, N.J.)
2012: MLS 3, Chelsea FC 2 (Chester, Pa.)
2013: MLS 1, AS Roma 3 (Kansas City, Kan.)
2014: MLS 2, FC Bayern Munich 1 (Portland, Ore.)
2015: MLS 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Denver, Colo.)
2016: MLS 1, Arsenal FC 2 (San Jose, Calif.)