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Chelsea Adds Philadelphia to their US Summer Tour Schedule With MLS All-Star Game

ppl park philadelphia union Chelsea Adds Philadelphia to their US Summer Tour Schedule With MLS All Star Game

Chelsea FC will be the opponents in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, PA at the stadium of Philadelphia Union, as was first rumored three weeks ago on EPL Talk and confirmed by FOX Soccer today.

The match against a MLS All-Star Team will be Chelsea’s second appearance in a MLS All-Star Game. Their last appearance was in 2006 when the Blues were defeated 1-0 by a Dwayne De Rosario goal in Chicago. This will be the seventh time in the last eight years that a Premier League club has played in the MLS All-Star Team.

Chelsea’s schedule of games for their 2012 summer tour of the United States includes:

  • July 18 against Seattle Sounders (Seattle, WA)
  • July 25 against MLS All-Star Team (Chester, PA)
  • July 28 against AC Milan (Landover, MD) — although we’re still waiting for Chelsea to officially confirm the date even though they previously announced it on their website but then deleted the page.

Chelsea is also supposed to play Celtic at Yankee Stadium in New York, but a date hasn’t been finalized as of press time.

In addition to Chelsea, other Premier League clubs will be playing friendlies in the United States this summer including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.

What are your thoughts about Chelsea playing in the 18,500 capacity PPL Park near Philadelphia? Are you planning on buying tickets? How do you think Chelsea will do this summer against the MLS All-Star team? Share your opinions in the comments section below.


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