MLS picks Kansas City to host 2013 MLS All-Star game

Major League Soccer has awarded Kansas City, Kan., as the host city for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. Photo: Sporting Kansas City

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2013 —  Major League Soccer has awarded Kansas City, Kan. as the host city for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase will feature MLS’s top players against a renowned international club on Wed., July 31 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, home of Sporting Kansas City. The opponent for this year’s game will be announced at a later date.

The game be broadcast live at 8:30 p.m. ET on the ESPN, Univision, TSN and RDS family of networks.

The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the tenth time that an elite international club has played the MLS all-stars, who are 6-2-1 in those goes. Over the years the MLS stars have played against famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003).

Last year’s game saw the MLS All-Stars down Premier club Chelsea 3-2 at PPL Park, in Chester, Pa., home of the Philadelphia Union.

Since opening in June of 2011, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park has been home to Sporting Kansas City and hosted both U.S. men’s and women’s national team games. The stadium has a seating capacity of 18,467 seats, which can expand to 25,000 for concerts.

The general public will have the ability to purchase tickets for the game starting Friday, February 8. For more information on how to become a season ticket member call 888-4KC-GOAL or visit

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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