St. Paul earns MLS All-Star Game next summer

5 Oct 2021


St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood continues to move toward the future.

In September, the Midway Shopping Center started to become rubble after being vandalized and set on fire in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May 2020, and on Tuesday, Major League Soccer announced the demolished strip mall’s glowing neighbor, Allianz Field, will host the league’s All-Star Game next summer.

The pain the community endured during the pandemic and racial reckoning was a theme during a good-news presentation to make official Minnesota United as host of the league’s marquee annual event on Aug. 10. The MLS All-Star Game, which will include volunteer work in the community, will be the first major pro sports all-star game in St. Paul since the NHL brought its midseason event to Xcel Energy Center in 2004.

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