All-Star Game: Chelsea return for grudge match at PPL

EPL side lost 1-0 in 2006 clash; 2012 edition is July 25

All-Star 2012 vs. Chelsea, 4.11.12

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They meet again.

WATCH: Chelsea return to take on MLS All-Stars

Six years after the MLS All-Stars handed English Premier League powers Chelsea FC a 1-0 defeat, the London-based club is coming back for another crack at MLS' best at the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 25 at PPL Park (5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPN3, Telefutura, TSN and RDS). The announcement was made on Wednesday at a press conference in Philadelphia.

And for the second time Chelsea will face an MLS team led by Peter Nowak, after the league appointed the All-Star site's hometown MLS coach as the team manager for the second straight year. The Philadelphia Union head coach was at the helm of the All-Stars in 2006 when a Dwayne De Rosario goal allowed MLS to hoist the All-Star trophy at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

This summer's Chelsea side could be traveling to the US with some silverware in tow. They're in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League (where they will take on FC Barcelona) and they're in the semifinals of the English FA Cup. Their US tour already features a trip to Seattle on July 18.

The MLS All-Stars will be hoping to reverse the recent All-Star trend which has seen them lose their first two matches against the same international opponent: Manchester United. The MLS squad was 5-0-1 against international club sides before dropping consecutive matches to the Red Devils.

Union season ticket holders get first dibs at tickets, but other fans can get in on the action via an exclusive VISA pre-sale that starts April 25. Remaining tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 9.