Wednesday, January 21, 2015

All-Star Game Announced

As expected the big announcement at Union Station today was the All-Star Game coming to Colorado.  Here's what we know so far:

  • Date: Wed. July 29th
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: DSG Park
  • TV: Fox Sports 1, UniMas, TSN, and RDS2
  • All-Star Coach: Pablo Mastroeni and his mustache
  • Chipotle MLS Homegrown Players Game also returns this year
What we don't yet know:
  • Opponent, other than an "elite international club" and almost confirmed that it won't be Arsenal (it was mentioned at the event that they're scheduled to be in China this summer)
  • Schedule of the Homegrown game
  • Ticket cost and availability, other than Rapids season-ticket holders will get first shot
A couple of interesting snippets from the press conference:
  • There was a bid process to get the game, which Colorado won.  That doesn't mean that KSE fronted the money for the bid, or all of the money (the fact that its the Chipotle homegrown game again this year and Chipotle is a Denver company is probably not a coincidence), but they must have pushed for this.
  • Don Garber called out the expected big support from Centennial 38 by name, which is kind of awesome.
  • Josh Kroenke talked about all the big names coming to MLS.  Of course that's not the best selling point when he's not bringing any of those big names into his team.
All in all O know some Rapids fans are grumbling that KSE is spending time/money on this and not improving the team but I think its a good thing to see us get to host this game.  I'm waiting to hear about the opponent and the ticket cost to decide if I'm going to go, but at the very least I'd like to see the homegrown game.

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