WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 — Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday that Portland, Ore., will be the host city for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. The game, which pits the league’s top players and a renowned international club in late July or early August 2014, will be played at JELD-WEN Field, home to the Portland Timbers and one of the best soccer fan experiences anywhere.
The Timbers have sold out every MLS league match to date, currently a string of 42 consecutive sellouts. On Tuesday night, the venue hosted the U.S. national teams 6-1 winner over Belize in the Gold Cup, receiving an amazing reception.
Originally constructed in 1926, JELD-WEN Field is located in the heart of downtown Portland, and officially reopened to the public for MLS games on April 14, 2011, after a significant renovation.
“The Portland Timbers and their passionate fans have certainly earned the honor of hosting the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game,” said commissioner Garber. “This match will showcase to an international audience the incredible devotion to the game in the Pacific Northwest that serves as one of the most important stories for our league.”
JELD-WEN Field has played host to CONCACAF Gold Cup games, FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It was also where Brazilian star Pele played his last professional game for the Cosmos in the NASL in the 1970s.
“Portland is a soccer town, pure and simple, and we are honored that our city has been chosen to host the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Our reputation as Soccer City, USA began in the 1970s with the original Portland Timbers and has been put on display for many other wonderful events over the years, including the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a recent CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader.”
The 2014 All-Star Game will mark the 11th time that MLS’s best players will play an elite international club. This year’s MLS all-stars will face AS Roma in Kansas City on July 31, 2013.
Portland will be the 16th different city to host the MLS All-Star Game and JELD-WEN Field will be the 11th All-Star venue built or renovated for soccer. A list of previous All-Star Game results and host cities is below.
MLS ALL-STAR GAMES
1996: East 3, West 2 (E. Rutherford, N.J.)
1997: East 5, West 4 (E. Rutherford, N.J.)
1998: MLS USA 6, MLS World 1 (Orlando, Fla.)
1999: West 6, East 4 (San Diego, Calif.)
2000: East 9, West 4 (Columbus, Ohio)
2001: East 6, West 6 (San Jose, Calif.)
2002: MLS 3, U.S. National Team 2 (Washington, D.C.)
2003: MLS 3, CD Guadalajara 1 (Carson, Calif.)
2004: East 3, West 2 (Washington, D.C.)
2005: MLS 4, Fulham FC 1 (Columbus, Ohio)
2006: MLS 1, Chelsea FC 0 (Bridgeview, Ill.)
2007: MLS 2, Celtic FC 0 (Commerce City, Colo.)
2008: MLS 3, West Ham United FC 2 (Toronto, Ont., Canada)
2009: MLS 1, Everton FC 1 (Everton 4-3 pen) (Sandy, Utah)
2010: Manchester United FC 5, MLS 2 (Houston, Texas)
2011: Manchester United FC 4, MLS 0 (Harrison, N.J.)
2012: MLS 3, Chelsea FC 2 (Chester, Pa.)
2013: MLS vs. AS Roma (Kansas City, Kan.) – July 31, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UniMás, TSN, RDS)
2014: MLS vs. TBD (Portland, Ore.)
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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