For the first time in more than 20 years,
Orlando will host the MLS All-Star Game when it is played at Orlando City Stadium, which opened in 2017.
“Orlando City SC has played an important role in the rise and advancement of Major League Soccer during the past few years," aid MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement, "and we are pleased to bring the 2019 MLS All-Star Game ... to this passionate soccer market."
Orlando City Stadium opened in 2017 and is averaging more than 24,000 fans a game for a team that has yet to make the playoffs in four seasons.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected to host the 2019 MLS All-Star Game and all of the events that make All-Star week,” said Orlando City SC chairman and majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva. “This gives us another significant opportunity to welcome national and international soccer to Central Florida.”
In 1998, a crowd of 34,416 turned out at the Citrus Bowl to watch MLS USA -- mostly members of the 1998 World Cup team -- defeat MLS World, 6-1.