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MLS and Liga MX cancel 2020 All-Star Game, Campeones Cup and Leagues Cup

Plus: more news emerges on the NWSL plan to play matches in Utah

MLS: 2020 All-Star Announcement
Liga MX executive president Enrique Bonilla (left) and MLS commissioner Don Garber pose for a photo during a press conference to introduce Los Angeles as the site for the 2020 MLS All-Star game between the Liga MX all stars against the MLS all stars at Banc of California Stadium. 
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The 2020 MLS All-Star Game is off. The league announced the match, which was supposed to see MLS players take on Liga MX players at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But, the league said it is hopeful the match will slide to 2021.

“The 2021 MLS All-Star Game and festivities are expected to take place in Los Angeles at the same venue. MLS and LIGA MX will resume discussions regarding the event, and there is every expectation that next year’s All-Star Game will be MLS vs. LIGA MX in Los Angeles,” MLS said in a statement.

Additionally, MLS and Liga MX announced the cancelation of the 2020 editions of the Leagues Cup and the Campeones Cup. Leagues Cup was supposed to run from July to September, and Campeones Cup was scheduled for August in Seattle, where the Sounders were supposed to face Liga MX’s Campeon de Campeones.

In other news...

NWSL is close to announcing its return to play, with a tournament set to take place in Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding area, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

Much like the Orlando plan floated by MLS, this tournament would see all nine NWSL teams living, training, and playing matches in Utah for a month.

And finally, the Chicago Red Stars are debuting the club’s new merchandise line tonight in an online fashion show. It’s tonight at 8:30 on Zoom. Alyssa Naeher, Emily Boyd and Rory Dames are all expected to take part. With Rory there, we can only assume the club will have at least one new hoodie to show off.