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The MLS All-Star Game will feature a Barclays Premier League opponent for the seventh time in eight years, but it won’t be defending champion Manchester United.

The 2012 MLS All-Star Game will feature English power Chelsea, which will face off against Major League Soccer’s All-Star team on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., sources within MLS confirmed to FOX Soccer on Tuesday.

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Chelsea will be making their second appearance in the All-Star Game, having faced Major League Soccer’s best in the 2006 installment of the event, which MLS won, 1-0, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

The All-Star Game will be part of an extensive summer tour of the United States by Chelsea. The tour also includes a match against the Seattle Sounders in Seattle on July 18. Other dates and opponents for Chelsea’s summer tour have yet to be finalized.

The MLS All-Star Team is a squad selected by voting among fans, media, players and team management throughout MLS. It remains unclear what criteria MLS will use to select the MLS All-Star Game head coach. Since the All-Star game was held at Red Bull Arena last year, MLS appointed New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe as the All-Star head coach.

This summer’s MLS All-Star Game will mark the first major MLS event to be held at the $120 million PPL Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union. PPL Park opened in 2010.

MLS officials are expected to make the Chelsea announcement on Wednesday in Chester.

Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for FOXSoccer.com covering Major League Soccer and the US National Team.

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