Chelsea will face the MLS All-Stars in the AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park in Philadelphia on July 25.
The Champions League semifinalist and MLS officially announced today that the English club will be the opponent for the MLS All-Stars in a rematch of the 2006 event, which the MLS team won 1-0.
“We are excited to have the chance of a re-match against the MLS All-Stars and are in no doubt it will provide a competitive fixture as we build towards the 2012/13 season, having lost narrowly in the match six years ago, with Peter Nowak the All-Stars coach that day too,” Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said.
“Barclays Premier League clubs regularly take part in this fixture and it will be broadcast live on television around the world. The match also sees Chelsea returning to Philadelphia where we played AC Milan in 2004. There was a large crowd that evening, clearly demonstrating the enthusiasm for the sport in the city and we are looking forward to returning to the States for the sixth time in nine years.”
The game continues a tradition of MLS team facing off against top EPL sides in the summer showcase, having also faced Everton, Fullham and Manchester United.
“Hosting a club as successful and prominent as Chelsea FC makes the AT&T MLS All-Star Game a destination event for the North American soccer community, one that will attract a global television audience,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “Our players relish the opportunity to challenge the world’s best and play under the All-Star spotlight.”
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