“We are pleased to host Manchester United again for our marquee summer event,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a press release. “Our All-Star Game has become a true celebration of soccer, and our best players look forward to the challenge of competing against one of the top clubs in the world.”
The 16th All-Star Game in League history will be a rematch of Manchester United’s 2010 victory, when a sellout crowd of more than 70,000 fans at Houston’s Reliant Stadium witnessed the first loss in regulation by an MLS All-Star team against an international opponent. This summer’s matchup will be the eighth time the MLS All-Star team will take on an international opponent, with a 5-1-1 record in this format.
"We're delighted to have been invited to play the MLS All-Star Game for the second year running,” said Ferguson. “Last year's game was a special occasion in front of a noisy, passionate crowd. Obviously we'll be looking to repeat the performance and the scoreline, but it will be a great spectacle for everyone involved."
The MLS All-Star Game will be a part of Manchester United’s 2011 North American tour, which will be announced on Tuesday, at a media event at Red Bull Arena. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be present to announce additional details of the tour.
Manchester United is in first place in the Barclay’s English Premier League, has secured a semifinal place in the FA Cup and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League where they will take on domestic rival Chelsea.
Managed by Sir Alex Ferguson since 1986, Manchester United boasts a lineup full of international stars such as EPL scoring leader Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Wayne Rooney (England), Javier Hernández (Mexico), Nani (Portugal), Patrice Evra (France), Nemanja Vidić (Serbia), Rio Ferdinand (England) and legendary midfielders Ryan Giggs (Wales) and Paul Scholes (England).
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