MIAMI, Fla. — (19 May 2020) This season’s MLS All-Star Game, which this year was the be contested against a squad made up of players from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at the Banc of California Stadium, has been cancelled. There is currently no idea when the league season might be ready to resume, and with a shortage of time left in the calendar, it was decided it would be better to let go of the All-Star Game.
According to the league’s statement, fans who purchased tickets to the All-Star Skills Challenge via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Those refunds will take up to two weeks to be processed by Ticketmaster. Tickets purchased at the stadium box office with cash will be refunded once regular business hours resume when the venue reopens. Fans can consult www.bancofcaliforniastadium.com for the latest information regarding All-Star Skills Challenge refunds and venue box office hours.
The loss of the All-Star game is really one of the smaller losses in the 2020 season. Unlike the NHL or the NBA, the MLS All-Star Game is not widely anticipated.
MLS released a statement that the All-Star game is expected to take place in Los Angeles at the same venue in 2021. The league said it is also studying bids from three cities to host the 2022 game.
Another cancellation was also announced. The second edition of the Leagues Cup, a tournament launched last year which brings the top MLS and Liga MX teams against each other, had also been called off. That tournament was due to take place between July and September.
MLS is currently reviewing what its options might be to play games, including a controversal idea to host a tournament in Orlando as a prelude to whatever portion of the season that might be feasible.
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