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MLS All-Stars vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 27:  Kyle Beckerman #5 of the MLS All-Stars looks on during the second half against the Manchester United during the MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena on July 27, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the New York Red Bulls)
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Alex FieldCorrespondent IIJuly 23, 2012

Chelsea FC will continue their US tour as they face the MLS All-Stars in the MLS All-Star Game.

Last time the two squads met, the MLS All-Stars grabbed a 1-0 win as Dwayne De Rosario netted a shot in the 70th minute.

However, Chelsea are entering play on quite the upswing. They took home the UEFA Champions League crown and roughed up the Seattle Sounders by scoring two goals in the first 11 minutes of play.

Regardless, the MLS All-Stars boast a roster littered with talent and surely will be looking to reclaim their trophy, as they have lost the previous three All-Star games.

 

Where: PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania

When: Wednesday, July 25 8:30 ET

Live Stream: ESPN3

TV Info: ESPN2, Telefutura, TSN, RDS

 

Players To Watch

Chelsea will feature some big names when they take on the MLS All-Stars. They may feature none bigger than defender John Terry, who joined the club during their last match against Paris Saint-Germain.

Terry is a three-time UEFA Club Defender of the Year and is the most successful captain in Chelsea’s history.

During his time with Chelsea, the club has garnered three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

However, Terry may be better known because of his recent transgressions pertaining to a racial abuse allegation.

He was acquitted of the charges against him, yet he could still face heat from the Football Association.

With Terry gaining attention for the wrong reasons, he still received a raucous ovation from Chelsea fans in his first match back.

As for the American squad, Carlos Valdes will be donning an All-Star jersey for the first time in his short career.

The 27-year-old defender will represent the Philadelphia Union in the game, and he said playing at home is more comfortable.

Although Valdes will not start the game, as Steven Beitashour, Aurelien Collin and Jay DeMerit are likely to get the starting nod, he will likely get some crucial minutes during the match.

He has a non-stop motor on the pitch and is unyielding in his approach to defense. These two characteristics will cause nightmares for the Chelsea attack.

With Valdes getting cheered on by his hometown fans, he will certainly make his presence felt.

 

Prediction

Chelsea 1 – MLS All-Stars 1

The game will likely be a close one, as Chelsea will continue their preseason training regimen.

Anticipate this game to go to penalties, much like it did in 2009, when the MLS All-Stars fell 3-4 in penalties against Everton.

With the talent across the board for Chelsea, they should have the scorers to warrant an offensive onslaught.

But the MLS team is not constructed like a typical All-Star roster. It is a well-rounded bunch that is built with a team game in mind.

It does not have a group of players thrown together, but rather a cohesive team-first approach that is necessary to compete with top-tier international talent.

With that in mind, the MLS All-Stars will keep the game close and be in a position to grab a victory when it goes to penalties.

The US squad does feature players who have competed with International talent before, and expect them to make their presence felt during the All-Star game.

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