Live chat: 2012 Major League Soccer All-Star Game

Kickoff Time: 8:50 p.m. EDT
Venue: PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
TV/Radio/Online: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com (English), Telefutura and ESPN Deportes Radio (Spanish), TSN (English in Canada) and RDS (French in Canada). All broadcasts start at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Welcome to an evening that should produce a real spectacle for soccer fans across the Philadelphia region.

Yes, this game is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. But more than anything else, it is a reward for all of you who have packed PPL Park since it opened two years ago.

Does the result matter? Of course, especially from the MLS side. The All-Star team has gotten whacked pretty hard by Manchester United the last two years.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Major League Soccer All-Stars (4-4-2)

Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting Kansas City
Defenders: Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders), David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Bench: GK Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), D Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes), D Carlos Valdés (Philadelphia Union), M Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), M Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union), M Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), F Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), F Chris Pontius (D.C. United)

Chelsea (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Henrique Hilário 
Defenders: Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Branislav Ivanović
Midfielders: Michael Essien, Ramires; Yossi Benayoun, Frank Lampard, Marko Marin
Forward: Romelu Lukaku

Here are the TV details:

ESPN2 will produce the host feed. Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will call the game, with Mónica González on the sideline and Max Bretos, Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller at an on-site studio set.

Telefutura will have reporter Ivan Kasanzew live on site. Commentators Jorge Pérez-Navarro and Diego Balado will the game from the network’s Miami studio. Fernando Fiore, the network’s host for its major sports broadcasts, is in Philadelphia but I don’t know if he’ll be on air for this.

ESPN Deportes Radio will have its entire commetary team of Kenneth Garay, Diego Cora and Elmer Polanco at PPL Park. There is not any English-language radio broadcast that I know of.

TSN will carry ESPN2’s broadcast, and will not use any of its own talent.

RDS will have reporter Patrick Friolet live on site. Host Michel Lacroix and commentators Jean Gounelle and Patrick Leduc will call the game from the network’s studio in Montréal.

 

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