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MLS All-Stars vs Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Players to Watch

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 18:  Eden Hazard #17 of Chelsea FC dribbles against the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on July 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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At your average All-Star Game, the entire roster is full of must-watch players. But when the European champions, Chelsea, are taking on the MLS All-Stars, there are a select few talents who stand above the rest.

And most of them play for the Blues.

But that doesn't mean the MLS doesn't have a few players of its own that you need to watch carefully on Wednesday evening. Let's take a look a few particularly intriguing players you'll want to watch when the MLS All-Stars clash with Chelsea.

Eden Hazard, Forward, Chelsea

One of the top signings this summer, the 21-year-old Belgian is one of the most exciting young players in the game today. The young forward flashes brilliant control of the ball, ability to facilitate opportunities for his teammates and the ability to finish goals for himself.

He had an excellent 2011-12 season for Ligue 1 side Lille, scoring 20 goals and dishing 17 assists in 44 appearances this season.

Thus far at Chelsea, he's been slotting into the lineup centrally as a second striker, a role he is probably best suited for. With his pace and vision, he is also a possibility on the wing. One way or another, if there is one player you should pay special attention to on Wednesday evening, it's this kid.

He's special.

Chris Wondolowski, Striker, San Jose Earthquakes

With 17 goals in 20 appearances for San Jose this season, I think it's fair to say Wondolowski is on fire this season. And if the MLS All-Stars are to crack Chelsea's defense and score a goal, it will likely come off of the foot of this man.

John Terry and Frank Lampard, Chelsea

Who doesn't enjoy watching these old veterans go about their craft?

Terry remains one of the most technically solid center-backs in football, susceptible against speedy forward but always seeming to recover and prevent Chelsea from conceding.

Lampard still engineers Chelsea's attack from a deeper midfield position, and he's always a threat to score from a deep shot or send a beautiful lob to an open teammate in the box. As box-to-box midfielders go, he's still a strong option.

Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Landon Donovan and David Beckham (LA Galaxy)

It will be interesting to see how the three biggest names in the MLS fare when they face Chelsea. All have spent time in the English Premier League (Henry famously with Arsenal, Beckham with Manchester United, Donovan with Everton), so the skill of Chelsea won't be anything new for this trio.

Will they rise to the challenge and lead the MLS All-Stars to a shocking win? Or will they show their age and be outclassed by the superior athletes of the Blues?

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