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2019 MLS All-Star Game: Atletico Madrid are coming to Orlando, Florida


The Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced that the Orlando City Stadium will on Wednesday, July 31, host the best of the MLS and Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in this year’s All-Star Game presented by Target.

“The atmosphere in Orlando will be intense and memorable when Atletico de Madrid take on the MLS All-Stars,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a league release.

“Atletico de Madrid joins the list of the many prominent clubs in global soccer to play in our midseason showcase, and we know the passionate supporters that make up The Wall and the rest of Orlando City Stadium will provide a distinctive home-field advantage for the MLS All-Stars”, Don Garber added.

Atletico Madrid are ten-time champions of La Liga, most recently in 2014. They are one of the most tradition-laden clubs in Europe with a history dating back to 1903. The current squad features stars like Antoine Griezmann, the silver boot winner for 2018 FIFA World Cup champions France and a 2016 finalist for the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, Spanish internationals Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa and Jan Oblak, winner of the last three Zamora trophies, the award for La Liga’s best goalkeeper.

Atletico are also a consistent contender in European competitions, winning the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup three times apiece and reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2014 and 2016.

According to the President of the Spanish giants, Enrique Cerezo, “Atletico de Madrid are proud to participate in our first Major League Soccer All-Star Game and battle the many great players of MLS”.

The 2019 All-Star Game will mark the 16th time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars; Atletico becomes just the second team from La Liga to appear in the event, after crosstown rivals Real Madrid played in the 2017 edition in Chicago.

The All-Stars have also faced top clubs from the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga, Mexico's Liga MX and the Scottish Premiership, accruing an 8-4-3 record against some of the world’s most decorated clubs.
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