Chelsea has finally announce the two final dates for its 2012 US summer tour. Chelsea will play Paris St Germain at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 22 and AC Milan at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Saturday, July 28. The AC Milan game was originally scheduled to be held at Fedx Field. Buy Chelsea v AC Milan Tickets
Chelsea’s USA tour will now include four games, as they had previously announced fixtures against Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on July 18 and Philadelphia on July 25 where we will meet the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park.
Chelsea have not played in New York City since the summer of 1954, and this will be the first soccer game played in the new Yankee Stadium, home to baseball’s New York Yankees.
The game brings Chelsea a first reunion with former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was in charge at Stamford Bridge for two years from 2009 until 2011, winning the Premier League and FA Cup Double in his first season. He is assisted in Paris by Chelsea legend Claude Makelele and former coach Paul Clement.
AC Milan will be familiar opposition on Chelsea’s first ever visit to Florida in what promises to be a keenly contested game. We met Milan last in the summer of 2009 in Baltimore, when goals from Didier Drogba and Yury Zhirkov earned us a 2-1 win in front of more than 70,000 fans. A year earlier we had beaten the Italians 5-1 thanks to four goals from Nicolas Anelka, and they were also our first ever Champions League opponents way back in 1999.
Sun Life Stadium has a capacity of 75,540 and since it opened in 1987 has hosted five Super Bowls and two baseball World Series.
‘We are very excited to announce these two final fixtures in our summer tour,’ said Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay.
‘Chelsea Football Club is delighted to be heading to New York after such a long time away, and it will be a real pleasure to visit Yankee Stadium for what is sure to be a competitive game.
‘Paris St Germain represents a true test for us in our preparations for the new season. We know Carlo well and respect the superb job he did for us, and continues to do in France. It should be a fantastic game.
‘Southern Florida is a hotbed of football support and we cannot wait to resume our friendly rivalry with AC Milan at a packed stadium.
‘The four fixtures we have lined up in the US offer an exciting schedule and as a club we cannot wait to sample the ever-growing appetite for the game in America.’
Chelsea USA Preseason Tour 2012
July 18: Seattle Sounders v Chelsea FC – Buy Seattle Sounders v Chelsea Tickets
July 22: Paris St Germain at the Yankee Stadium
July 25: MLS All-Stars v Chelsea in Philadelphia- Buy Chelsea v MLS All-Star Tickets
July 28: Chelsea v AC Milan at Sun Life Stadium in Miami – Buy Chelsea v AC Milan Tickets
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