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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Loons plans a ‘special announcement’ on Tuesday; Club associated with the MLS All-Star Game

Minnesota United is planning a “special announcement” at Allianz Field on Tuesday.

Loons owner Bill McGuire will be joined by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Paul Midway neighborhood stadium.

Pioneer Press reported in May that MNUFC was in contention to host the MLS All-Star Game in the summer of 2022. In July, CEO Chris Wright said he expects the All-Star Game to come to Minnesota in 2022 or 2023.

“I think it becomes part of these tent-pole events that I’m talking about, opportunities to grow the club,” Wright said.

MLS has rewarded showcase games after its clubs built new stadiums. In 2018, Atlanta United hosted at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In 2019, Orlando City held it at the Exploria Stadium. And after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Los Angeles FC’s Bank of California Stadium hosted the 2021 game in August.

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Allianz Field, which was built for $250 million in private funding, opened in 2019, and the Loons have played in front of sold-out crowds whenever health guidelines have allowed.

For 15 seasons, MLS hosted a top European club in the Americas for a Preseason Tour, but this year marked the first time the MLS All-Star Game was played against the All-Stars of Mexico’s Liga MX.

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