BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The MLS All-Stars defeated Chelsea, 1-0, in front of 21,210 fans at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Dwayne De Rosario of the Houston Dynamo scored the game-winner for the MLS All-Stars in the 70th minute when he unleashed a right-footed strike from the edge of the 18-yard-box. The Canadian international, who earned MVP honors, was one of only four MLS players to play the entire match.
Chelsea had numerous chances to equalize, but the MLS All-Star defense was able to thwart every opportunity for The Blues and keep the English side off of the scoreboard.
The win marks the third time in as many tries that the MLS All-Stars have beaten an international club.
The MLS took care of England’s Fulham FC, 4-1, in the 2005 All-Star Game and, in the first matchup of foreign competition in 2003, defeated Mexico’s Guadalajara by the score of 3-1.
MLS—De Rosario (O'Brien) 70
MLS: Troy Perkins (Joe Cannon 46), Bobby Boswell, Facundo Erpen, Jimmy Conrad (Eddie Robinson 46), Chris Albright (Ronnie O'Brien 46), Dwayne De Rosario, Christian Gomez (Freddy Adu 46), Richard Mulrooney (Ricardo Clark 46), Joshua Gros, Brian Ching (Nate Jaqua 46), Jaime Moreno (Alecko Eskandarian 46)
Chelsea: Carlo Cudicini (Hilario 64), Geremi, Paulo Ferreira (Ricardo Carvalho 46), John Terry, Wayne Bridge (Lassana Diarra 46), Michael Essien, Michael Ballack (John Obi Mikel 46), Frank Lampard, Shaun Wright-Phillips (Joe Cole 46 (Jimmy Smith 52)), Didier Drogba (Salomon Kalou 46), Andriy Shevchenko (Arjen Robben 46)
Subs Not Used: Ryan Bertand, Michael Mancienne, Michael Woods
Referees: Abbey Okulaja; Nate Clement, Chris Strickland; Terry Vaughn