Major League Soccer and Liverpool confirmed Tuesday that the English giant will play a friendly against Toronto FC on July 21.TORONTO - The worst-kept secret in Toronto soccer is out: English Premier League side Liverpool will face Toronto FC in an exhibition match on July 21.
Rumours had swirled about the game for weeks, but Major League Soccer finally confirmed the fixture - set to take place at the near 50,000-seat Rogers Centre - on Tuesday.
Liverpool will travel to North America for a preseason tour, also making stops in Boston and Baltimore prior to the start of the 2012-13 Premier League campaign. The Reds last visited Toronto in 2004 when they took on FC Porto in a friendly in front of over 40,000 spectators.
MLS side Toronto FC, currently 0-6 in the league, has also recently played at the Rogers Centre. On March 7, TFC drew the L.A. Galaxy 2-2 in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match in front of over 48,000 fans.
The stadium's own artificial turf was used for that match, but a temporary natural grass surface will be installed for the summer friendly.
Toronto had originally scheduled an MLS regular season match for July 21 against the Chicago Fire at its permanent home, BMO Field, but the league game was rescheduled for Sept. 12.