Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that the 2020 MLS All-Star Game has been canceled. This announcement came as a part of a trio of cancelations, including the All-Star Game, the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup. These were all canceled to provide the MLS as many dates as possible to play games once the 2020 season resumes following its postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 MLS All-Star Game was scheduled to see the MLS All-Stars take on the best of Liga MX, the top league in Mexico. The game was set to take place at the Banc of California Stadium, the home of Los Angeles Football Club, on Wednesday, July 29. Tickets for the All-Star Game had not gone on sale. Any tickets purchased for the All-Star Game Skills Challenge will be refunded.
To replace the 2020 MLS All-Star Game, MLS announced the 2021 All-Star Game and festivities are expected to take place at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles next summer. MLS and Liga MX will continue discussions in the hopes that the same opponent can be rescheduled for 2021. MLS will review proposals from three cities to host the 2022 All-Star Game with more details to come about both events at a later date.
In addition, MLS and Liga MX agreed to cancel both the Leagues Cup and the Campeones Cup for 2021 after the more than two-month delay of league play due to the coronavirus.
The second edition of the Leagues Cup was set to take place this summer, pitting the best of MLS against the best of Liga MX. MLS was set to place the Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, Minnesota United, the LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, D.C. United, the Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls in the Cup but only Monterrey had been named for this year’s tournament from Liga MX. In the initial Leagues Cup last year, Cruz Azul defeated Tigres UANL in the final. The Galaxy was the MLS team that made it the furthest, falling to Cruz Azul in the semifinals.
Year Three of the Campones Cup was set to feature the Seattle Sounders, the defending MLS Cup champions, against the yet-to-be-determined Campeón de Campeones champion. The game was originally scheduled for Aug. 12. In last year’s Cup, Atlanta United defeated Club América in the final.
MLS is yet to announce a return-to-play plan for the 2020 season. Some ideas that have reportedly been discussed are teams at one site, including Orlando, Kansas City, LA and others. Massive Report has learned that MLS still wants to play as many games as possible in the 2020 season, so canceling extra cup and All-Star games events this year is an obvious way to provide more available dates.