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.
The 2010-2011 EPL runner-up played in the 2006 MLS All-Star Game at Toyota Park, losing 1-0. Currently in fifth place in the EPL, Chelsea boasts the likes of Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres. They will also visit Seattle, DC and New York as part of their North American summer tour.
The Union were awarded the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on January 24 at a press conference that featured Chester mayor John Linder, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, head coach Piotr Nowak, CEO and Managing Partner Nick Sakiewicz and MLS commissioner Don Garber.