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2012 MLS All-Star Game

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]

MLS All-Star Game 2012
2012 MLS All-Star Game.png
Event2012 Major League Soccer season
DateJuly 25, 2012
VenuePPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
Most Valuable PlayerChris Pontius
RefereeBaldomero Toledo

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-StarsEdit

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
2   DF Carlos Valdés (Philadelphia Union)
5   MF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
6   DF Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
7   MF Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United) (Captain)
8   FW Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
9   FW Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
10   MF Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
11   MF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
12   DF Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes)
13   FW Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
14   FW Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
15   DF Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes) **
16   MF Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC)
21   MF Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union) %
22   GK Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
No. Position Player
23   MF David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
33   DF Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes)
78   DF Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)
00   GK Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
00   GK Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes)
00   DF Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
00   DF Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)
00   MF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
00   MF Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
00   MF Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
00   MF Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City)
00   MF Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes)
00   FW Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls)
00   FW Fabian Espindola (Real Salt Lake)
00   FW Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City)
00   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   GK Petr Čech (third captain)
2   DF Branislav Ivanović
3   DF Ashley Cole
4   DF David Luiz
5   MF Michael Essien
7   MF Ramires
8   MF Frank Lampard (vice-captain)
9   FW Fernando Torres
12   MF John Obi Mikel
14   MF Kevin De Bruyne
15   MF Florent Malouda
16   MF Raul Meireles
17   MF Eden Hazard
18   FW Romelu Lukaku
No. Position Player
19   DF Paulo Ferreira
20   MF Josh McEachran
21   MF Marko Marin
22   GK Ross Turnbull
24   DF Gary Cahill
26   DF John Terry (club captain)
27   DF Sam Hutchinson
28   DF Gabriel Paulista
30   MF Yossi Benayoun
31   MF Gaël Kakuta
35   FW Lucas Piazon
40   GK Henrique Hilário
45   DF Nathaniel Chalobah
46   GK Jamal Blackman



MLS All-Stars   3–2  Chelsea
Wondolowski   21'
Pontius   73'
Johnson   90+1'
Report   32' Terry
  58' Lampard
Attendance: 19,236
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
MLS All-Stars
MLS All-Stars:
GK 1   Jimmy Nielsen   45'
RB 33   Steven Beitashour
CB 6   Jay DeMerit
CB 78   Aurélien Collin   36'
LB 15   Justin Morrow   56'
DM 16   Osvaldo Alonso   56'
AM 7   Dwayne De Rosario (c)
RM 23   David Beckham   74'
LM 10   Landon Donovan   45'
CF 14   Thierry Henry   57'
CF 8   Chris Wondolowski   60'   21'
DF 2   Carlos Valdés   36'
GK 22   Dan Kennedy   45'
MF 13   Chris Pontius   45'   73'
MF 5   Kyle Beckerman   56'
MF 11   Graham Zusi   57'
DF 12   Ramiro Corrales   57'
FW 9   Eddie Johnson   60'   90+1'
MF 21   Michael Farfan   74'
  Ben Olsen
GK 40   Henrique Hilário   45'
RB 2   Branislav Ivanović
CB 26   John Terry (c)   45'   32'
CB 24   Gary Cahill   76'
LB 3   Ashley Cole   45'
DM 5   Michael Essien   61'
CM 7   Ramires   61'
CM 8   Frank Lampard   61'   58'
MF 30   Yossi Benayoun   45'
MF 21   Marko Marin   61'
CF 18   Romelu Lukaku   75'
GK 22   Ross Turnbull   45'
MF 19   Paulo Ferreira   45'
MF 15   Florent Malouda   45'
DF 4   David Luiz   45'
MF 17   Eden Hazard   61'
MF 12   John Obi Mikel   61'
MF 16   Raul Meireles   61'
FW 35   Lucas Piazon   61'
MF 14   Kevin De Bruyne   75'
DF 45   Nathaniel Chalobah   76'
  Roberto Di Matteo

Volkswagen MLS All-Star MVP:
  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.


  1. ^ "With PPL named ASG home, Philly's vision is rewarded". Major League Soccer. January 24, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "All-Star Game: Chelsea return for grudge match at PPL". 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, 6/21/2012
  5. ^ "Adidas to Debut World's First 'Smart Game'". Discovery News. Retrieved July 21, 2012.