MLS All-Star Game to be held in New York's Red Bull Arena

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NEW YORK: Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday announced that Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls, will host the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 27.

In its upcoming eighth edition. the MLS All-Stars will face a high-profile international club, which will be announced at a later date.

Since 2003, the MLS All-Stars have faced Manchester United FC (England), Everton FC (England), West Ham United (England), Celtic FC (Scotland), Chelsea FC (England), Fulham FC (England), and CD Guadalajara (Mexico), posting a 5-1-1 record.

This year's All-Star Game, which will be scheduled at 8:30 pm ET in the 25,000-seat, state-of-the-art arena, located in Harrison, New Jersey, will mark the third time the metropolitan New York area has hosted the mid-summer showcase.

The inaugural MLS All-Star Game in 1996 and the second in 1997 were played at Giants Stadium, but this is he first marquee MLS event at the $200 million venue.

"The combination of one of the most spectacular stadiums of its size in the world with the passionate soccer supporters in the metropolitan New York area will provide a terrific showcase for our All-Star Game," Garber said. "Red Bull Arena will be a tremendous venue for this marquee event and we are pleased to bring the All-Star Game to an area with a rich soccer tradition."


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