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Rapids to host 2015 All-Star Game

Commerce City, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday the 2015 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids.

The event marks the first time the league's summer showcase will be held in the Mile High City since 2007. Current Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who played in the 2007 game, will serve as head coach of the All-Star squad against an international opponent which will be revealed at a later date.

"Colorado has become a destination for marquee soccer events, and we are thrilled to bring the AT&T All-Star Game to the region," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. "Dick's Sporting Goods Park is a tremendous stadium, and we know the enthusiastic support of Centennial 38 and other Rapids fans will provide a great home-field advantage for the MLS All-Stars."

The game will take place on July 29, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET and will air on Fox Sports 1 and UniMas in the United States as well as TSN and RDS2 in Canada.

"We'd like to thank Commissioner Garber and Major League Soccer for the faith they have shown in the Colorado Rapids by allowing us to host the All-Star Game for the second time," Colorado Rapids Alternate Governor Josh Kroenke said in a statement. "It is a great showcase for our organization and community. We are one of the original ten clubs in the league, and we hope this game will highlight the growth and progress the MLS and Colorado Rapids have made in the 20-year history of the league."

The MLS All-Stars topped Scottish side Celtic 2-0 when the game was played at DSG Park, with former New York Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel winning Man of the Match honors.

The 2015 All-Star Game will mark the 12th time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars, who are 8-3-1 in those matches following last year's 2-1 victory against Germany's FC Bayern Munich.

In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured successful, world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 and 2011), Chelsea FC (2006 and 2012), AS Roma (2013), and Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara (2003).