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January 10, 2013
Kansas City to host MLS all-star game

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Kansas City will be the host city for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game.

The annual showcase event will feature three days of festivities, culminating in a match between the leagueís top players and a well-known international club on Wednesday, July 31 at Livestrong Sporting Park, home of Sporting Kansas City in Kansas City, Kansas.

The game will be broadcast live at 8:30 p.m. ET on the ESPN, Univision, TSN and RDS family of networks. Exact networks will be announced at a later date.

The encounter will mark the 10th time that an elite international club has played the MLS all-stars, who are 6-2-1 in those matches. The game has featured world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 and 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 and 2012), and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003). The opponent for this yearís game will be announced at a later date.

Since opening in June 2011, Livestrong Sporting Park has hosted Sporting Kansas City -- selling out 17 of the 18 MLS games in 2012 -- the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying semifinals and championship, the U.S. Menís and Womenís National Teams and international friendlies, as well as concerts such as FarmAid and Journey.

The stadiumís inaugural season saw it receive recognition locally, nationally and internationally, receiving many awards for venue, fan experience and technology. Last year Livestrong Sporting Park also was recognized at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in Turin, Italy, receiving the highly acclaimed venue of the year award and the product innovation Award. The state-of-art venue was also nominated for facility of the year by the Sports Business awards.

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