Atlanta United’s new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has been drawing record crowds since it opened its doors to Major League Soccer matches, and that impressive atmosphere has earned the venue a marquee event.
The 2018 MLS All-Star Game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, sources have confirmed to Goal. MLS commissioner Don Garber will make the announcement Monday at a news conference that will be attended by, among others, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was the first to report on Atlanta being chosen to host the event.
The annual All-Star Game has long featured a team of the best players in MLS taking on high-profile clubs from Europe, with Real Madrid having participated in the 2017 event in Chicago.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich are just some of the teams to have taken part in the annual showcase match.
There is no word yet on potential opponents for the MLS All-Stars, but Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be among the candidates under consideration.
Atlanta United has been one of the biggest success stories of the 2017 season, leading the league in attendance and generating impressive interest in its first season in the league.
The Five Stripes set the MLS record for largest attendance for a standalone MLS match, with an announced crowd of 70,425 watching Atlanta face Orlando City in September. The club is expected to surpass that record in its regular season finale against Toronto FC on Sunday.