Florida’s Orlando City Stadium will host the 2019 MLS All-Star Game, the league announced on Thursday.
Additional details, including the date and opponent, have yet to be announced.
The annual midsummer event will feature nearly a week of festivities, including the MLS All-Star Concert, as well as community outreach events by MLS WORKS, the league’s charitable arm. The week will culminate in a match between the league’s top players and an international club. In recent years, the MLS All-Star opponents have been Juventus in 2018, Real Madrid in 2017 and Arsenal in 2016.
“Orlando City SC has played an important role in the rise and advancement of Major League Soccer during the past few years, and we are pleased to bring the 2019 MLS All-Star Game ... to this passionate soccer market,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.
Orlando City Stadium opened in 2017 and has had crowds averaging more than 99 percent of its 25,500 capacity. Orlando City SC joined the league as an expansion team in 2015.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected to host the 2019 MLS All-Star Game and all of the events that make All-Star week,” said Orlando City SC chairman and majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva. “This gives us another significant opportunity to welcome national and international soccer to Central Florida.”
It will mark the second MLS All-Star Game in Orlando and back-to-back trips to the south after Atlanta hosted the 2018 showcase. More than 34,000 fans turned out at the Citrus Bowl in 1998 to watch a team of American MLS All-Stars defeat an international squad 6-1. Orlando also hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 1992 and 2012.
—Field Level Media