2012 MLS All-Star Game

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MLS All-Star Game 2012
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Event 2012 Major League Soccer season
Date July 25, 2012
Venue PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
Most Valuable Player Chris Pontius
Referee Baldomero Toledo
Attendance 19,236
2011
2013

The 2012 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, held on July 25, 2012, was the 17th consecutive Major League Soccer All-Star Game, a soccer match involving all-stars from Major League Soccer. The game was played at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, the first time an all-star event was played in the Philadelphia area since the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.[1]

The game featured the MLS All-Stars against Premier League team Chelsea, who were the FA Cup and European Champions League holders. Chelsea made their 2nd appearance in the MLS All-Star Game; the Blues were visiting side in the 2006 MLS All-Star Game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, losing to the MLS XI 1-0.[2]

Piotr Nowak, the coach of the Philadelphia Union (the All-Star Game's host), was originally announced to coach the MLS All-Stars.[2] After Nowak was dismissed from the Union on June 13,[3] MLS chose D.C. United coach and Pennsylvania native Ben Olsen to coach the All-Stars.[4]

A tracking system was worn by each player to monitor heart rate, intensity of play, speed, distance covered, and other personal characteristics in real-time.[5]

Rosters[edit]

MLS All-Stars[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jimmy Nielsen
2 Colombia DF Carlos Valdés
5 United States MF Kyle Beckerman
6 United States DF Jay DeMerit
7 Canada MF Dwayne De Rosario (Captain)
8 United States FW Chris Wondolowski
9 United States FW Eddie Johnson
10 United States MF Landon Donovan
11 United States MF Graham Zusi
12 United States DF Ramiro Corrales
13 United States FW Chris Pontius
14 France FW Thierry Henry
15 United States DF Justin Morrow **
16 Cuba MF Osvaldo Alonso
21 United States MF Michael Farfan  %
22 United States GK Dan Kennedy
23 England MF David Beckham
No. Position Player
33 Iran DF Steven Beitashour
78 France DF Aurélien Collin
00 United States GK Nick Rimando
00 United States GK Jon Busch
00 Colombia DF Jamison Olave
00 United States DF Geoff Cameron
00 United States MF Brad Davis
00 Guatemala MF Marco Pappa
00 United States MF Brek Shea
00 Honduras MF Roger Espinoza
00 Honduras MF Marvin Chavez
00 United States FW Kenny Cooper
00 Argentina FW Fabian Espindola
00 Sierra Leone FW Kei Kamara
00 Colombia FW Fredy Montero

♦ - Players selected by MLS Commissioner Don Garber
* - Injured and unavailable for matchday
** - Added as a replacement for Heath Pearce
% - Promoted from the Inactive Roster to the Active Roster to fulfill Chelsea's request that the number of substitutes be increased from seven to ten.
♥ - "Inactive Roster" players voted for by other players in MLS

Chelsea[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech (third captain)
2 Serbia DF Branislav Ivanović
3 England DF Ashley Cole
4 Brazil DF David Luiz
5 Ghana MF Michael Essien
7 Brazil MF Ramires
8 England MF Frank Lampard (vice-captain)
9 Spain FW Fernando Torres
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel
14 Belgium MF Kevin De Bruyne
15 France MF Florent Malouda
16 Portugal MF Raul Meireles
17 Belgium MF Eden Hazard
18 Belgium FW Romelu Lukaku
No. Position Player
19 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira
20 England MF Josh McEachran
21 Germany MF Marko Marin
22 England GK Ross Turnbull
24 England DF Gary Cahill
26 England DF John Terry (club captain)
27 England DF Sam Hutchinson
28 Brazil DF Gabriel Paulista
30 Israel MF Yossi Benayoun
31 France MF Gaël Kakuta
35 Brazil FW Lucas Piazón
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário
45 England DF Nathaniel Chalobah
46 England GK Jamal Blackman

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

July 25, 2012
20:30 EDT
MLS All-Stars United States 3-2 England Chelsea
Goal 21' Wondolowski
Goal 73' Pontius
Goal 90+1' Johnson
Report Goal 32' Terry
Goal 58' Lampard
PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 19,236
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
MLS All-Stars
Chelsea
MLS ALL-STARS:
GK 1 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Substituted off 45'
RB 33 Iran Steven Beitashour
CB 6 United States Jay DeMerit
CB 78 France Aurelien Collin Substituted off 36'
LB 15 United States Justin Morrow Substituted off 56'
DM 16 Cuba Osvaldo Alonso Substituted off 56'
AM 7 Canada Dwayne DeRosario (c)
RM 23 England David Beckham Substituted off 74'
LM 10 United States Landon Donovan Substituted off 45'
CF 14 France Thierry Henry Substituted off 57'
CF 8 United States Chris Wondolowski Substituted off 60' Goal 21'
Substitutes:
DF 2 Colombia Carlos Valdés Substituted in 36'
GK 22 United States Dan Kennedy Substituted in 45'
MF 13 United States Chris Pontius Substituted in 45' Goal 73'
MF 5 United States Kyle Beckerman Substituted in 56'
MF 11 United States Graham Zusi Substituted in 57'
DF 12 United States Ramiro Corrales Substituted in 57'
FW 9 United States Eddie Johnson Substituted in 60' Goal 90+1'
MF 21 United States Michael Farfan Substituted in 74'
Manager:
United States Ben Olsen
CHELSEA:
GK 40 Portugal Henrique Hilario Substituted off 45'
RB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanovic
CB 26 England John Terry (c) Substituted off 45' Goal 32'
CB 24 England Gary Cahill Substituted off 76'
LB 3 England Ashley Cole Substituted off 45'
DM 5 Ghana Michael Essien Substituted off 61'
CM 7 Brazil Ramires Substituted off 61'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard Substituted off 61' Goal 58'
MF 30 Israel Yossi Benayoun Substituted off 45'
MF 21 Germany Marko Marin Substituted off 61'
CF 18 Belgium Romelu Lukaku Substituted off 75'
Substitutes:
GK 22 England Ross Turnbull Substituted in 45'
MF 19 Portugal Paulo Ferreira Substituted in 45'
MF 15 France Florent Malouda Substituted in 45'
DF 4 Brazil David Luiz Substituted in 45'
MF 17 Belgium Eden Hazard Substituted in 61'
MF 12 Nigeria John Obi Mikel Substituted in 61'
MF 16 Portugal Raul Meireles Substituted in 61'
FW 35 Brazil Lucas Piazon Substituted in 61'
MF 14 Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Substituted in 75'
DF 45 England Nathaniel Chalobah Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Italy Roberto Di Matteo

Volkswagen MLS All-Star MVP:
United States Chris Pontius (MLS All-Stars)
Assistant referees:
(Ian Anderson)
(Greg Barkey)
Fourth official:
(Jorge González)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • No extra time
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of ten substitutions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "With PPL named ASG home, Philly's vision is rewarded". MLSsoccer.com (Major League Soccer). January 24, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "All-Star Game: Chelsea return for grudge match at PPL". MLSsoccer.com (Major League Soccer). April 11, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "All-Star: MLS to announce Nowak's replacement soon," from MLSsoccer, 6/13/2012
  4. ^ "Olsen's appointment a 'team honor' for United," from MLSsoccer.com, 6/21/2012
  5. ^ "Adidas to Debut World's First 'Smart Game'". Discovery News. Retrieved July 21, 2012.