The MLS has another chance to show its pedigree and monitor its progress when the division’s best take on English Premier League powerhouses Chelsea in the All-Star game on July 25.

This free bet site backs the west London outfit as favourites to show their class and win the fixture at PPL Park, however the hosts will look to take inspiration from their 1-0 victory over the Stamford Bridge club six years ago, and win oncemore.

The All-Star game has appeal for a number of reasons, and this season's fixture could be the best yet. The fact that the best homegrown and foreign players in the top division of soccer in the United States can form one team is certainly an appeal. Put together Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, David Beckham and a raft of other stars that currently delight MLS crowds coast to coast, and you have a fantastic team full of experience and talent, that can go toe-to-toe with some of the world's best.

Secondly, the game should be a testament to the quality and continued progression of the sport in the United States, and the ability of the players playing in the MLS. For some of the younger homegrown players it will be an opportunity to test themselves against the likes of Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard, and hopefully a pinnacle of their sporting careers by recording a victory.

The MLS is keen to attract big-name players to the competition, and a high-profile fixture like this could very well convince players playing in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga to swap Europe's best for the new challenge of the MLS. Similarly, for young American teenagers weighing up whether to play soccer or one of the other sports, seeing the likes of Fernando Torres and the rest of the Chelsea superstars up close on American soil could well persuade them to put all their athletic effort into the beautiful game.

This season's opponents have had an up-and-down season, but will be raring to go and eager to claim victory in July. Despite an ill-fated tenure in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat for Andre Villas-Boas, the club have been rejuvenated under Roberto Di Matteo and are now fighting for honours this season. A 1-0 win over European champions Barcelona on Wednesday will have been viewed by the MLS players as a real test for July, and the Blues have every chance of reaching the Champions League final now.

Domestically a 5-1 hammering of London rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals gives the club the chance to pick up silverware, as they face Liverpool in the final in May. In the Premier League the Blues take on Arsenal this weekend and will look to keep a good run of form going to finish in the top four. There is no doubt that Chelsea are one of the form sides in Europe currently, and will provide the sternest of test for the MLS All-Stars on July 25th.
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