Manchester United will not play Major League Soccer's (MLS) All-Stars for a third straight year,
but one of their English Premier League rivals will be at PPL Park this summer.
Chelsea will face the best of MLS on July 25, a source with knowledge of the game informed the
Brotherly Game. An internal memo was also sent to Philadelphia Union affiliated organizations,
according to the source, that stated the London club's summer tour date in Philadelphia was to be
at PPL Park.
It's official, PPL Park will be the site of the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on July 25.
The opponent, "a renowned international club," will be announced at a later date.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sackiewicz, Philadelphia Mayor Michael
Nutter and Chester Mayor John Linder were on hand at the press conference at Philadelphia's City
Hall on Tuesday morning for the announcement.
It has been a crazy day for me here. Busy at work. Busy at life. But I wanted to get to this bit
of news before the day really gets away from me.
The Union and MLS have scheduled a press conference in Philadelphia for Tuesday, where
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and MLS commissioner are expected to announce that PPL Park will
be host this summer's 2012 MLS All-Star Game.
Following the announcement by the Philadelphia Union that a press conference has been scheduled
for Tuesday at 11am to take place at City Hall in Center City Philadelphia, philly.com reports that
the Union will host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park.
The press release from the Union says that team CEO Nick Sackiewicz, MLS Commissioner Don
Garber, Chester Mayor John Linder and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter are all scheduled to be in
Fans of the Philadelphia Union have had plenty to chear about in the club's brief two-year MLS
existence. From the opening of PPL Park in 2010, to the team's MLS playoff debut in 2011. Now Union
fans are ready to have a new experience to celebrate in 2012, the hosting of an MLS All-Star
It didn't end the way we wanted, but, oh, what a season. As Adam Cann wrote in our match report
for Thurday night's loss in Houston, "After ten months, the Union ended their season where it
began. In their wake they leave every reasonable expectation, and in the city they represent they
will find nothing but love.
The hasty exodus said it all. Befuddled fans returned to the cold. A reporter quickly sought out
another "Sons of Ben guy" for a quick quote before leaving.
What a stark contrast to the mood, the atmosphere at Tir Na Nog pub just an hour ago.
Quarter of ten the place was packed, with a heretofore unheard of number (for anything soccer at
least) of local media types assembled, the area in front of the projection screen a traffic jam of
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has referenced the Philadelphia Union multiple times on
Twitter, always sending out messages of support for the second year club during what has become a
Last night, Mayor Nutter announced he'd be at the game and wondered if anyone would care if he
visited the River End.
New York Red Bulls (1-0-2) at Philadelphia Union (2-0-1) PPL Park - 7:00PM ET - Chester,
TV: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com nationwide (Adrian Healey, John Harkes) with coverage starting at
7:00 PM Eastern, ESPN Deportes (Richard Mendez, Giovanni Savarese) nationwide with tape-delayed
coverage beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern, ESPN Deportes Radio (Jorge Ramos, Hernan Pereyra) nationwide
(WWDB 860 AM locally) / WADO 1280 AM (Ernesto Motta, Robert Sierra) in New York
The Union face off against their heated rivals, the Red Bulls, in today's match at PPL Park.