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

The 2012 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, held on July 25, 2012, was the 17th annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game, a soccer match involving all-stars from Major League Soccer. The game was played at PPL Park, now known as Talen Energy Stadium, 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]


MLS All-Stars[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
2 Colombia DF Carlos Valdés (Philadelphia Union)
5 United States MF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
6 United States DF Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
7 Canada MF Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United) (Captain)
8 United States FW Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
9 United States FW Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
10 United States MF Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
11 United States MF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
12 United States DF Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes)
13 United States FW Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
14 France FW Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
15 United States DF Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes) **
16 Cuba MF Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC)
21 United States MF Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union) %
22 United States GK Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
23 England MF David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
No. Position Player
33 Iran DF Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes)
78 France DF Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)
00 United States GK Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
00 United States GK Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes)
00 Colombia DF Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
00 United States DF Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)
00 United States MF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
00 Guatemala MF Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
00 United States MF Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
00 Honduras MF Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City)
00 Honduras MF Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes)
00 United States FW Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls)
00 Argentina FW Fabian Espindola (Real Salt Lake)
00 Sierra Leone FW Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City)
00 Colombia FW Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)

♦ - 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


Note: Flags indicate national team as 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 Piazon
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário
45 England DF Nathaniel Chalobah
46 England GK Jamal Blackman



July 25, 2012
20:30 EDT
MLS All-Stars United StatesCanada 3–2 England Chelsea
Wondolowski Goal 21'
Pontius Goal 73'
Johnson Goal 90+1'
Report Goal 32' Terry
Goal 58' Lampard
PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 19,236
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
MLS All-Stars
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 Aurélien 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 De Rosario (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'
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'
United States Ben Olsen
GK 40 Portugal Henrique Hilário Substituted off 45'
RB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanović
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'
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'
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.


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  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.