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Quote Sheet: MLS All-Stars to face Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park

MLS All-Stars to face Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park
Philadelphia Union Manager Peter Nowak to lead MLS side in rematch of 2006 contest

Press Conference Quote Sheet
April 11, 2012 – PPL Park
 
 
Nelson Rodriguez, MLS Executive Vice President of Competition and Game Operations
 
On the growing prestige of the MLS All-Star Game:
The AT&T MLS All-Star Game has converted itself into a premier event on the world soccer calendar, and the competitive nature of the game has risen throughout the years.  MLS has fared well in international competition and we believe that these types of games continue to showcase the wide talent that exists in our league.
 
On naming the hometown coach as the manager of the MLS All-Stars two years in a row:
We realized that flying in an All-Star coach from another city made it difficult for that coaching staff to get acclimated to the city and to the All-Stars. This will enable Peter and his staff to continue a regular training rhythm with the Union while also accommodating the All-Stars coming in. We think this puts us in the best competitive position reach success. 
 
 
Phil Stoops, AT&T Director of Retail Sales for the Greater Philadelphia Market
 
On Philadelphia hosting the AT&T MLS-All Star Game:
Philly fans are truly some of the most passionate in the world, and their loyalty and support for the team are absolute, so there is no doubt that my fellow Sons of Ben and the rest of the Union fans who have been part of the sellout crowds here at the PPL Park will make Philadelphia the perfect city to host the AT&T MLS All Star Game.
 
On the global reach of this event
AT&T is proud to connect thousands of fans across the globe to the content they crave both from the MLS season and for this exciting All Star Game.  This is also a fantastic opportunity to help bring the attention of soccer fans all over the world to Philadelphia for this very exciting match up. For those fans who aren’t able to make it to Philly, not to worry, AT&T will deliver exclusive content and access to games through all of their screens and devices.
 
On the relationship with the Philadelphia Union and the AT&T MLS All-Star Game
We are so excited and proud to be a sponsor of the Philadelphia Union and the AT&T MLS All Star Game, we are looking forward to keeping fans here in Philadelphia and around the world connected to what promises to be an exciting match up.
 
 
Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union CEO and  Managing Partner
 
On coach Peter Novak:
We couldn’t have found a better or more authentic soccer man than Peter Novak to lead the Union and it’s an honor for us to have him and his technical staff lead the All-stars against Chelsea.
 
On tickets information
Today [April 11, 2012] at two o’clock, there will be an exclusive two week pre-sale for Philadelphia Union full-season ticket holders, they will be able to purchase up to six tickets per account at a special price so that’s a real reward for our fans who have been amazing since day one…
 
 
Peter Nowak, Philadelphia Union Team Manager and Executive Vice President
 
On coaching and Philadelphia hosting the All-Star Game:
It’s always a great honor to coach the All Star team and as Nick [Sakiewicz] mentioned, in 2006, a long time ago, we had this good game in Chicago vs. Chelsea.  For me and the coaching staff, as I mentioned, this is something special, something special to lead the very talented MLS All-Star team.  It’s not only about the game, but also the festivities that are going to be around Philadelphia and also the city of Chester for three days.  I’m sure we’re going to all embrace the best, we’re going to see the great two teams playing and like I said, it’s an honor to be a part of this.
 
On coaching the MLS All-Star team:
It is always an honor to be a part of it, regardless of what’s going on in the League.  It is always good to see the good and familiar faces, the players that you compete against, now they are on your side so it’s a good feeling as well.  And playing against Chelsea who is in the semi-final of Champions League, which means that basically our top four teams in the world are playing right now, it’s a great opponent. It’s not just going to be an easy game, never was in an All-Star Game so you have got to be competitive, you have got to prepare the team.  As Nelson [Rodriguez] said, we’ll work with the MLS office to accommodate the best players and then try and win the game. 
 
On the MLS All-Star Roster:
From now until July, there will be enough time for the MLS office to accommodate the best players and make sure the game roster will be competitive enough to put a good game, a good plan together and then let the players enjoy the game.  This is more about the festivities but also when you show up on the field, and you play against a good team, you have to bring the performance as well.