Posted on: Mon 23 Oct 2006

2006 Sierra Mist MLS All-Stars Game, Saturday August 5th 2006 at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill, USA.

MLS All-Stars first-half (3-5-2): Perkins: Conrad, Boswell, Erpen; Gros, Gomez, Mulrooney, De Rosario, Albright; Moreno (c), Ching.

Manager Peter Nowak.

Chelsea first-half (4-1-3-2): Cudicini; Gérémi, Ferreira, Terry (c), Bridge; Essien; Wright-Phillips, Ballack, Lampard; Drogba, Shevchenko.

Manager Jose Mourinho.


Referee: Abbey Okulaja.

Crowd: 21,210

Environment: 5.48pm kick-off local time (11.48pm UK time); Warm, breezy and a little overcast. Live on Chelsea TV in the UK.

Kit: MLS All-Stars - red shirts, white shorts, blue socks; Chelsea ? blue shirts and shorts, white socks.



Kick-off: MLS All-Stars

6 Escape Ching heads just wide at the far-post after Ferreira allows Albright the chance to cross from the right. Terry had initially cleared the ball out wide.

17 Shot Lampard strikes a diagonal free-kick wide of the wall but Perkins gathers low down. Drogba had been awarded the foul.

28 Offside Drogba finishes emphatically from a superb diagonal through-ball by Ballack but the flag goes straight up. No-one tells the lads with the huge 'Goal!' flags who run the whole length of the touchline.

29 Abused Drogba is brought down out wide by Conrad who is booked.

39 Escape Albright is a whisker away from scoring after Bridge allows the right wing-back to drift in front of him onto a long pass. He shoots just wide.

Stoppage time None.


Half-time: MLS All-Stars 0 Chelsea 0



MLS All-Stars: Cannon; Erpen, Boswell, Robinson; Gros, Clark, De Rosario, Adu, O'Brien; Eskandarian, Jaqua.

Chelsea: Cudicini (Hilario 64); Gérémi, Carvalho, Terry, Essien; Lampard, Diarra, Mikel; Cole (Smith 52), Kalou, Robben.

Kick-off: Chelsea

48 Chance Kalou, put through by Lampard allows the ball to slip from his control but the tracking Erpen sticks the ball through his own keeper's legs. Robinson clears off the line with just inches to spare.

52 Chelsea substitution Jimmy Smith on for Joe Cole who has limped off just minutes after joining the action.

59 Block Terry with a trademark block from close range keeps out O'Brien's shot.

64 Chelsea substitution Hilario for Cudicini. It's the Portuguese goalkeeper's first game in Chelsea colours.

69 GOAL De Rosario finishes well with a turn and shot from the edge of the area after a throw-in from the right. Hilario is beaten on his near post.

81 Booked Essien for diving in on Eskandarian.

83 Shot Essien strikes powerfully from 35 yards but straight at the keeper.

87 Shot Terry, pushing forward, beats Boswell to Carvalho's pass and fires first time left-footed but Cannon saves.

89 Chance Robben heads Diarra's chip just wide.

90 Chance Carvalho, in a scrum at the far post, pokes goalwards but Cannon saves well.

Stoppage time: 2 mins.


Unused subs: MLS All-Stars: None Chelsea: Bertrand, Mancienne, Woods.


Shots on target: MLS All-Stars 1 Chelsea 4

Corners: MLS All-Stars 5 Chelsea 6

Fouls: MLS All-Stars 5 Chelsea 10

Offsides: MLS All-Stars 1 Chelsea 4


Comment: Chelsea, unable to play at Premiership pace, find it difficult to make technique tell against an athletic All-Stars side. Diagonal balls into the box threaten the Chelsea goal long before the winning strike. Ballack played the pass of the game for Drogba's marginally offside goal. With a game to be saved, Chelsea finish strongly and keeper Cannon deserves credit for keeping us out. Jose Mourinho will pleased with the workout each senior player received; he'll be less happy about an injury to Cole.


by Paul Mason