The 2020 MLS All-Star Game will present a new look summer showdown. The MLS All-Stars will take on the Liga MX All-Stars on July 29th at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Following the successes of the Campeones Cup and Leagues Cup, it is no surprise that MLS and Liga MX are teaming up once again as they look to expand upon the growing relationship they have established over the last couple of years. This game will be an extension of a rivalry between MLS and Liga MX that has continued to grow. This year's edition of the Campeones Cup turned out to be a huge success as Atlanta United (last year's MLS Cup champion) defeated Club America (last year's Liga MX champion) by a score of 3-2 in what turned out to be a very exciting game in front of over 40,000 fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This year's inaugural edition of the Leagues Cup was also a very entertaining tournament with four teams from MLS and four teams from Liga MX competing for the trophy. Cruz Azul were the champions with a win over Tigres in the final and it was such a success that the tournament will be expanded next year to sixteen teams with eight from MLS and eight from Liga MX.
This match will be one of the marquee events in the league's 25th season of existence. Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF will be coming into MLS this season as expansion teams with Austin FC, Sacramento, and St. Louis joining in the next few years. Don Garber, the commissioner of MLS, is aiming for thirty teams. The fact that the first season of MLS in 1996 consisted of just ten teams shows that the league is growing in this country and gaining more popularity. With this new format of the MLS All-Star Game and both the MLS and Liga MX partnering up again, this shows that it is a win-win for both sides. Leading up to the much anticipated game, there will be a week long series of events across Los Angeles, including concerts, parties, the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge and the MLS Innovation Showcase. LAFC head coach Bob Bradley will manage the MLS All-Stars on his home field.
Let me explain why MLS hit the jackpot with everything about this new look MLS All-Star Game and how Liga MX will benefit as well. First of all, a healthy relationship is being formed between the two leagues while also forming rivalries that will provide a good on field product that fans will be eager to see. We already see an awesome rivalry between the U.S.and Mexico national teams, so why not form rivalries between the clubs as well. Also, the location of the game is the best possible place that they could hold the game. Los Angeles has plenty of Mexican-Americans who are MLS and/or Liga MX fans. Liga MX wants to further expand its brand in the world's richest market and MLS can attract more fans around the world for those who tune into the game. For the last 15 years, the MLS-All Stars have faced off against European teams but this change by MLS should turn out to be a great decision. Everyone seems to be excited about this game, myself included. This should turn out be a spectacular game with an electric atmosphere. The best players from the two best leagues in North America going at it. What more is there to be said?