ESPN Presents 2018 MLS All-Star Game from Atlanta


ESPN Presents 2018 MLS All-Star Game from Atlanta

MLS All-Stars vs. Italy’s Serie A Champion Juventus, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET

ESPN will present the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target on Wednesday, August 1, live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.  The game will feature a team of Major League Soccer All-Stars versus seven-time Italian Serie A champion Juventus. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET (kickoff at 7:50 p.m.) on ESPN and will be streamed live on the ESPN App.

Adrian Healey (play-by-play) and Taylor Twellman (analyst) will call the match with reporter Sebastian Salazar. Max Bretos will host studio coverage from Mercedes-Benz Stadium with analysts Alejandro Moreno and Kasey Keller, including a 20-minute pre-game show, halftime, post-game and SportsCenter segments.

ESPN will use 17 cameras during the All-Star Game, including POV (point of view) cameras. Additionally, the telecast will feature excerpts from Sunday’s MLS All-Star kickoff concert featuring 2Chainz, highlights of Tuesday’s 2018 MLS Homegrown Game vs. Liga MX U-20 champion Tigres UANL and the Special Olympics Unified Sports® All-Star Soccer Match presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN.

Additionally, ESPN3 will carry the Special Olympics Unified Sports® All-Star Showcase presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN on Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. The 11-vs.-11 match will be played at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground.

ESPN 2018 MLS All-Star Week:

Date Time (ET) Event Platforms
Mon, Jul 30 12 a.m. MLS Rewind with Taylor Twellman ESPN+
Tue, July 31 6 p.m. Special Olympics Unified Sports® All-Star Showcase ESPN3
Wed, Aug 1 7:30 p.m. MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target

Bretos, Moreno and Keller

  7:50 p.m. MLS All-Stars vs. Juventus – The Game

Healey, Twellman and reporter Salazar


MLS All-Star Studio Programming from Atlanta (Monday – Wednesday)

  • SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship news program, will include 2018 MLS All-Star Game segments.
  • ESPN FC (weekdays 6 p.m., ESPN+), the daily global soccer news, information and analysis program, will preview the game Monday through Wednesday (July 30 – Aug. 3). ESPN FC is available in the U.S. on the company’s new ESPN+ streaming service and other ESPN digital platforms.
  • MLS Rewind (#MLSRewind – Monday, 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT), the weekly one-hour Major League Soccer news, highlights, interview and analysis program hosted by Twellman, will originate from Atlanta on Monday, July 30. The ESPN+ program will focus on midseason league news via a roundtable discussion.


Writer Jeff Carlisle, multiplatform producer Chris Wondoloski and on-site editor Austin Lindberg will helm coverage of the 2018 MLS All-Star from Atlanta. Highlights:

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Juventus reunion – Now an LA Galaxy striker, Ibrahimaovic spent two seasons (2004 –06) playing for the Italian powerhouse club
  • Miguel Almiron’s unique All-Star Game – A look at Atlanta United’s midfield maestro Almirón
  • All-Star Game preview
  • All-Star Game reaction – post-game content and reactions from the players
  • The inside story on how the All-Stars prepped for Juventus
  • ESPNFC’s Max and Herc podcast will tape Tuesday, July 31, in Atlanta, focusing on the MLS All-Star Game.

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties, including soccer, NFL and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.