The MLS All-Star Game will continue its tradition of hosting a top international club when Spanish La Liga side Atlético Madrid visits Orlando City Stadium, according to a report from SI.com’s Grant Wahl.
Orlando City Stadium will host the MLS All-Star Game on July 31. Atlético Madrid (17-4-8, 59 points) sits in second place in La Liga.
Pro Soccer USA first reported on Aug. 1 Orlando would host the MLS All-Star Game.
When the league formally announced one of its top events was coming to Orlando, Orlando City SC majority owner Flávio Augusto Da Silva hinted at a possible change in the format of the game. Before the MLS Cup, Commissioner Don Garber said there would be no change in the format of this year’s all-star game, though he added there was talk of a match between the all-stars of Liga MX and MLS.
July’s match will be the second time in MLS history the league’s all-star game is hosted in Orlando. The city previously hosted the game in 1998 at what was then known as the Citrus Bowl. That venue, now known as Camping World Stadium, wasn’t considered for the 2019 all-star game.
The 2018 All-Star Game against Serie A titan Juventus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – built for both the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and MLS side Atlanta United – drew a record announced crowd of 72,317. Orlando City Stadium seats 25,500.