2017 MLS All-Star Game to Be Held at Chicago’s Soldier Field

Orlando City midfielder Ricardo Kaka fights for position during a 4-1 loss to Columbus Crew SC at Camping World Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Castrillon / New Day Review)

Chicago’s Soldier Field has been the host of many spectacular football games. On Aug. 2, 2017, it will play host to a different kind of football once again.

According to a report by ChicagoBusiness.com’s Danny Ecker, the 2017 Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field.

It is not known who the MLS All-Stars will play, yet, but past games have pitted the MLS’s best against world-renowned international clubs. Since 2003, MLS All-Stars have played against international clubs, save for the 2004 MLS All-Star Game, where the league pitted the best players from each conference against each other, per Ecker’s report.

In 2006, the All-Stars welcomed Chelsea FC to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., Chicago Fire SC’s home venue. In that match, Dwayne De Rosario netted a 70th-minute goal to give MLS a 1-0 victory.

What’s more, the 2006 game had a higher attendance than 2016’s. In 2006, Toyota Park was packed with 21,210. In the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium, there were 18,000 in attendance. Though, Avaya Stadium was filled to capacity with all that were in attendance. Toyota Park, on the other hand, can hold upward of 20,000 people.

Last season, Orlando City SC had two All-Stars: team captain Ricardo Kaká and forward Cyle Larin. The match ended in a 2-1 loss to Arsenal FC.