CHESTER, PA - JULY 25: Eddie Johnson #9 of MLS All-Stars celebrates with teammates after scoring a go-ahead goal late in the second half against Chelsea during the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park on July 25, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

MLS Vs. Chelsea, 2012 All-Star Game: Eddie Johnson Wins It For MLS

The MLS All-Stars went in front then fell behind 2-1, but goals by Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson brought them back for a 3-2 win

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Chelsea Vs. MLS, 2012 All-Star Game: Eddie Johnson's 91st-Minute Goal Wins It

Apparently all of Eddie Johnson's time in England, where he studied Chelsea from the Fulham bench (when he made it) gave him great insight into the Blues and how to beat them. Either that or he got a luck deflection off of the foot of David Luiz to find the net in the 91st minute and lead the MLS All-Stars past Chelsea, 3-2.

Johnson came on as a substitute, but didn't make much of an impact right away. But with the match in stoppage time and presumably destined for penalty kicks* he was able to find some space to run at the Chelsea defense. Luiz stepped up and didn't leave him with many options so Johnson let rip. His shot then took a deflection and left the goalkeeper helpless as he went the wrong direction. The ball bounced high in the air then came down and settled in the back of the net, delivering the All-Stars a vital win that comes with a bunch of half-hearted high fives.

* They use penalties! proof that the match is important!

The goal by Johnson capped a comeback for MLS. After going in front early through Chris Wondolowski, Chelsea came roaring back and looked like the much better side. John Terry beat Aurelien Collin on a corner kick and beat Jimmy Nielsen with a good header to level. Then, in the second half, Frank Lampard was left all alone at the far post to finish Ramires' cross for the Chelsea lead.

The two Chelsea goals were supposed to be it for the All-Stars, but then David Beckham hit a great long ball over the top to Dwayne De Rosario. That ball sent the Chelsea defense scurrying back and left them out of sorts so, when De Rosario latched on to it, there was plenty of space in the box. Chris Pontius eventually ran into that space and De Rosario fed his D.C. United teammate for a simple finish that leveled the match.

That set the stage for Johnson. The once hot shot and then abandoned and unwanted striker continued his comeback from the abyss with the match-winner and MLS took home a win at PPL Park from the UEFA Champions League winners.


Chelsea Vs. MLS, 2012 All-Star Game: Halftime, Wondolowski And Terry Trade Goals

The first 45 minutes of the MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park is in the books and the teams are all even at 1-1. The MLS team got off to a bright start when Chris Wondolowski scored to put them a goal up, but John Terry had an answer for them and sent the match to the second half on level terms.

Wondolowski's goal was the stereotypical Wondolowski goal. There was no great run, pass or finish involved in the goal at all. The ball got wide to Thierry Henry, who knocked in a average ball to the middle. Terry then completely blew the clearance and left the ball in front for Wondolowski to knock home for the opening tally. It wasn't fancy or even impressive, but it rarely is with Wondolowski. Well, unless you look at his goal total. That's impressive.

Terry was able to make up for his mistake on Wondolowski's goal in the 32nd minute, though. The center back gave Aurelien Collin a well-disguised shove in the back then rose high to snap a header past Jimmy Nielsen and get the Blues even.

Aside from the goals, which weren't particularly pretty anyway, there wasn't much to talk about in the first half. I know, it's shocking that a team in the preseason and another thrown together two days ago did not play beautiful soccer.

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MLS All-Star Game Vs. Chelsea Preview: Time, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

The MLS All-Star Game is finally here. I know, contain your excitement.

In all honesty, if you are looking for some men's soccer action today and can't get the Brasileiro on your glowing moving picture box then the All-Star Game is for you. Well, that and the Liverpool vs. Roma friendly that is on before it, but let's stay focused on the All-Star Game for your soccer fix.

The best part about this exhibition is that it doesn't matter. What if the MLS team gives up four goals? Nothing, but they have to go out and try to score five. That's pretty much how this game works. It's a shootout, and when the match means absolutely nothing that can be a good thing.

Speaking of entertaining, there is David Luiz. He could entertain by gifting the MLS team a goal in the most spectacular way or show off more skill than you have ever seen from a central defender and score a blinder for Chelsea. This is going to be fun.

MLS All-Star Game

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 p.m. ET

Venue: PPL Park, Chester, PA

TV: ESPN (USA English), Telefutura (USA Spanish), TSN (Canada)


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