LOS ANGELES — The 2020 MLS All-Star game will pit the league’s top players against counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX, it was announced at a Banc of California Stadium press conference Wednesday.
The formal announcement at the home of Los Angeles Football Club featured MLS commissioner Don Garber, Liga MX executive president Enrique Bonilla, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, and several Los Angeles elected officials.
“As we celebrate our 25th season, we wanted to deliver an unique and unprecedented format for our annual All-Star Game,” said Garber. “Our first ever game between the best of MLS and Liga MX’s top players is the perfect way to build on the growing relationship between the two top soccer leagues in the region.”
The match will be played on July 29, 2020 with LAFC head coach Bob Bradley as the head coach for the MLS All-Stars. There will also be community events in the week leading up to the match, as well as an announcement in Los Angeles of the Liga MX players who will be named to their All-Star roster.
It is a departure from the MLS All-Star Game format that saw the league’s elite take on a European club side over the last 15 years.
“For Liga MX, it is a privilege to be part of MLS’ celebration of its 25th season with this MLS All-Star Game,” said Bonilla. “Also, it represents another step in the partnership that we have established between two of the best leagues in the world. I know that this game being played in a spectacular setting and a magnificent stadium will be exciting for our fans, in a city that is special to us.”
Also in attendance for the announcement were former MLS players, Cobi Jones, Pável Pardo, Landon Donovan and Bryan Jordan, several of whom had Liga MX experience as well.
“We don’t have a great relationship, politically, between our countries, and things like this actually do bridge gaps,” said Donovan when asked about the significance of the two leagues participating in this match. “I know it sounds stupid, it’s one game in front of 20,000 people, but it really does help. It helps the fans, and the people who come here next year on July 29. It’s going to be a party, and they’re going to have fun.”