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Atlanta to host 2018 MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Jay Heaps preview the two knockout matches in the Eastern Conference.

The 2018 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the league confirmed on Monday.

As widely reported last week, the midseason game will be played in the city that set attendance records in the inaugural year for Atlanta United.

The team set an MLS season mark with an average of 48,200 per game and broke its own single-game record with a crowd of 71,874 for the regular-season finale against Toronto FC on Sunday.

The All-Star Game features a squad of the top MLS players against a leading international team, which will be announced later. Atlanta coach Tata Martino will lead the MLS team.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said United's first season "is one of the most compelling and impressive expansion team launches in the history of pro sports."

The league's announcement said Atlanta "will host nearly a week of events surrounding the game, including concerts, community service initiatives and player appearances," as well as the Homegrown Game.

Atlanta will host a knockout-round playoff game against Columbus on Thursday night.

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