Chelsea slip to defeat against MLS All-Stars

Chelsea slipped to a defeat against the MLS All-Stars in Philadelphia on Thursday, as they succumbed to a 3-2 loss despite leading the game 2-1, reports EuroSport.

In the annual game which features the best 18 players from the MLS teams, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo named a strong starting XI that featured John Terry and Frank Lampard, signalling his respect for the All-Stars side. The All-Stars quickly settled into the game with stars such as Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry and David Beckham in their line-up.

It was the All-Stars that struck first through San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondoloski, who leapt on a mistake by Terry. Wondoloski celebrated with Henry, who turned provider for the goal. Wondoloski has 17 goals in the MLS, and is currently leading the goal scoring charts.

John Terry made up for the lapse at the back with a brilliant header from a corner just after the half-hour mark to level the scores before half-time.

The interval saw four changes for Chelsea with David Luiz amongst the players heading on to the field. It was just 12 minutes into the second-half when Chelsea, courtesy of Lampard, found their second goal to take the lead when the England midfielder fired into an empty net.

Beckham started the move that made the All-Stars’ second goal of the game. A fine cross into the box allowed the ball to be cut back for substitute Chris Pontius to calmly slot past Chelsea replacement goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

The match looked like ending in a draw. However on the stroke of the full-time whistle, a lofted ball over to former Fulham striker Eddie Johnson allowed him to turn Luiz and loop the ball into the net, to the delight of the 18,000 supporters in the crowd.

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