CHESTER, PA - JULY 25: Eddie Johnson #9 of MLS All-Stars celebrates with teammates after a go-ahead goal late in the second half against Chelsea during the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park on July 25, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
In an entertaining back-and-forth match that featured strong defensive performances, quality interplay and a few pretty goals (two not so pretty too) it was Comeback Player of the Year candidate Eddie Johnson that scored the winner to put MLS up 3-2 on Chelsea FC. The All Star Game MVP was his stiffest competition for CPoY Chris Pontius who scored the tying goal in the 73rd minute.
EJ, the famous Grown Ass Man, blasted a shot near post that took a deflection. We'll never know, but maybe he scores without that help. The build-up on the play included Pontius and Kyle Beckerman. Pontius' goal and assist was matched by Chelsea's Frank Lampard. Other scorers on the night were Chris Wondolowski and John Terry.
Seattle Sounders FC player Osvaldo Alonso started the match and went 56 minutes. GAM went 30 minutes in his run. adidas new smart soccer thing had Alonso as 3rd most intense and 3rd most distance covered with the 6th best top speed. STATS!
The All Star Game won't move the needle much at all. But for the near 20,000 at PPL Park and the hundreds of thousands that watched on TV it was fun. For a player like Johnson who had his struggles in England one can only imagine the joy of scoring that goal.
Alonso? He doesn't care.