San Jose announced as site of 2016 MLS All-Star game

Image, Bay Area News Group

Staff Writer

Avaya Stadium in San Jose will host the 2016 MLS All-Star Game. The announcement was made today at a press conference featuring MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott and Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.

The 18,000-seat soccer-specific stadium will get the event in its second season. Presumably it will feature the MLS All-Stars against a high-profile international opponent.

This marks the second time that San Jose has hosted the event. The 2001 All-Star Game was played at Spartan Stadium, when the Earthquakes shared the stadium with San Jose State’s football team.

In recent years, particularly now that the MLS Cup Final isn’t held at a neutral site, the All-Star Game has served as the league’s showcase for its newest soccer-specific stadiums. Along with Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Avaya Stadium is one of the only completed stadiums that haven’t yet hosted the ASG.

All-Star Game sites have often been announced on shorter notice than this. This year’s ASG is to be held in Colorado against Tottenham Hotspur, a fact that was only announced in January.