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Report: Chelsea invited for MLS All-Star game

NEW YORK -- English Premier League champion Chelsea has been invited to play in the annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game, a Los Angeles newspaper has reported.

La Opinion, the United States' largest circulation Spanish-language newspaper, quoted MLS Commissioner Don Garber in Thursday's editions as saying Chelsea had been invited to play in the midseason game.

MLS said in a release Friday it planned a "major soccer announcement" on Monday at the Chicago Fire's stadium in suburban Bridgeview, which will open June 11 for a game against New England Revolution.

MLS spokesman Will Kuhns said he could not confirm Monday's announcement was related to the all-star game.

Chelsea's participation would mark the third time in four years that a foreign club team has played against the MLS all-stars and the highest profile. CD Guadalajara, or Chivas, played in 2003 while English team Fulham played in last year's game.

The trip would be Chelsea's third visit in three years to the United States. In 2004, it played friendly games against Celtic, Roma and AC Milan while last year it played in the MLS-sponsored World Series of Football against AC Milan and D.C. United.

Chelsea has been eliminated from the European Champions League but leads the Premier League by 12 points with eight games remaining.