PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The MLS All-Star Game is coming to Soccer City next year.
Portland has been chosen to host the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. The decision was announced Wednesday afternoon at Jeld-Wen Field in a joint news conference with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.
"This is going to be the first major All-Star game in the history of Portland," Paulson said at Wednesday's news conference. "There's never [even] been an NBA All-Star game here. That's big!"
The game is scheduled for late July or early August of 2014.
"The eyes of the country and the world will be squarely on Portland in July of next year," Paulson said. "And we're going to show them an All-Star game like they've never seen before."
The Timbers, now in their third season, have experienced unprecedented success and support since debuting in the Rose City. The team has had 42 consecutive MLS regular season sellouts at Jeld-Wen. The Timbers are currently ranked fourth in the Western Conference, and are coming off a 15-game unbeaten streak.
Since 2005, the MLS All-Stars have gone up against an international club in the game. Opponents have included European clubs Chelsea (2006 and 2012), Everton (2009) and Manchester United (2010 and 2011). On July 31, the All-Stars will take on Italian side AS Roma in Kansas City. Next year's opponent has yet to be announced.
Portland will be the 16th different city to host an MLS All-Star Game.
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