The 2017 MLS All-Star Game scheduled for August 2, 2017 at Soldier Field in Chicago, is going to be one of the biggest matches of 2017 football calendar. Real Madrid, the most decorated club in the European history will face off against the MLS All-Stars. The league made this announcement on Saturday.
This will be the first time that the MLS All-Stars will play a team from Spain’s La Liga. The MLS All-Stars have previously faced clubs from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Mexico’s Liga MX and Scottish Premier League, posting a 9-4-1 record against some of the world’s most renowned clubs.
Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic will manage MLS All-Stars against its face-off with Real Madrid. Veljko’s presence would benefit MLS All-Stars as he has spent over a decade playing in Spain and made 87 appearances for Real Madrid’s crosstown rivals, Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid is one of the most successful clubs in the history of the sport, with a record 32 La Liga championships and 11 UEFA Champions League titles in its name, as well as capturing the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup on multiple occasions. Managed by legendary French midfielder Zinedine Zidane and headlined by stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid currently sit atop the La Liga table and holds a lead over Bayern Munich heading into the home leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series.
Soldier Field, with a capacity of 61,500, has played host to some of the most exciting sporting and entertainment events in the world including CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, World Cup Qualifiers, 1994 FIFA World Cup matches, and last summer’s Copa America Centenario. The home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Soldier Field also has a rich MLS legacy, as it was home to the Chicago Fire for seven seasons.