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MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park

MLS will stage the 2012 All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., and for the 10th time in 11 years, the format will pit a select league squad against a foreign opponent.

This year’s foe wasn’t revealed at Tuesday’s announcement, but with major European clubs scheduled to pass through the States for the annual marketing tours, a variety of possibilities exist. Manchester United was the choice the previous two years, in front of 70,000-plus at Houston’s Reliant Stadium in 2010 and a sellout crowd of 26,716 at Red Bull Arena last summer. Everton, West Ham, Chelsea, Fulham and Celtic have also served. Maybe Liverpool this year?

Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and either Telefutura or Galavision.

The date, however, coincides with the Olympics in London, meaning several MLS players (under-23s and potential overage selections) won’t be available. Keep in mind, though, this isn’t a traditional all-star game, in which fans’ voting dictates the lineup. The coach will select his starters, taking into account the opposition, injuries, form and tactics.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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