“I hope I’ll be in it, wherever it will be,” Atlanta United midfielder Julian Gressel said.
The All-Star break is more than just a game. Previous weeks have included numerous fan events as well as a game that features the best products of the MLS club’s academies against an academy team from another club. Atlanta United’s Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin were two players who participated in that game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
There are numerous questions that will be asked about the game Monday at the news conference, which will be attended by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank, Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso.
Among the questions are:
*The date of the game so that it doesn’t conflict or be affected too much by the World Cup in Russia, which will be held June 14-July 15?
*Will grass be brought in and placed over the turf?
*Who will be the opponent?
*Why Atlanta before Orlando, Seattle, Toronto and other cities?
*Will there be a Homegrown Game again and where will that be played?
*And, of course, when will tickets go on sale and how much will they be?
Atlanta United is averaging 46,271 tickets sold per game and is on pace to break the league’s average attendance record of 44,247 set by Seattle in 2015.