Game: August 25, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Banc of California Stadium
Major League Soccer today unveiled a wide-ranging and detailed selection process for the 2021 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target which includes participation by the fans, players and media.
Tickets for the match go on sale to the public beginning on July 20 at 12 p.m. CT through Ticketmaster or by visiting LAFC.com.
As part of the voting process, MLS has reviewed performance metrics from the current 2021 season to categorize players in the positions where they are most utilized. For the first time ever, players can be selected in seven specific positions: goalkeeper, right back, center back, left back, defensive midfielder, attacking midfielder, and forward/winger.
Of the 26 MLS players to be selected for the All-Star Game, the breakdown is as follows:
- 12 will be determined by a vote of MLS players, fans, and media. Each of the three voting groups will represent one-third of the combined vote.
- 12 will be selected by MLS All-Star head coach Bob Bradley of host team Los Angeles Football Club.
- 2 will be selected by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
HOW DOES THIS EFFECT FC DALLAS?
The player selection roster includes 13 FC Dallas players:
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer
Defenders Bressan, Ryan Hollingshead, José Martínez, Eddie Munjoma and John Nelson,
Midfielders Bryan Acosta, Paxton Pomykal and Andrés Ricaurte
Wingers/forwards Franco Jara, Jáder Obrian, Ricardo Pepi and Freddy Vargas.
HOW TO VOTE
Players, fans and reporters will cast their votes for 11 players: one goalkeeper, one right back, two center backs, one left back, one defensive midfielder, two attacking midfielders, three forwards/wingers. The top players in each position from the combined vote will be named All-Stars. The 12th player honored will be the one with the next-highest amount of votes overall. To qualify for the ballot, players must have appeared in at least 50 percent of matches this season at the time the ballot was created on July 10. Players who did not qualify for the ballot are still eligible for selection by Bradley or Commissioner Garber.
Fan Voting begins today through the MLS app and at MLSsoccer.com, and every fan has the unique opportunity to share their picks on social media by utilizing a widget created by the League. Fan Voting concludes on Wednesday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
In addition to casting their votes, fans can sign up for exclusive ticket opportunities before tickets go on sale to the general public. For more information and to sign up for an exclusive presale opportunity, visit https://www.mlssoccer.com/allstar/2021/tickets. Fans can also purchase tickets for the 2021 Skills Challenge Presented by AT&T 5G now through Ticketmaster.com.
Every player in MLS will be provided a special link to vote for the peers they believe are most deserving of All-Star recognition this season. Approximately 350 members of the media who regularly cover MLS will also make their picks for the league’s top players.