Sounders to host Chelsea FC on July 18
English Premier League power Chelsea FC will play a preseason
game in the U.S. for the first time since 2009.
The Seattle Sounders announced Monday that they will host
Chelsea in a friendly on July 18.
It’s the second time in three years that the Sounders will host
the Blues. Chelsea first faced the Sounders during their inaugural
2009 season, a game Chelsea won 2-0 in front of 65,289.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says Seattle is the perfect
place for the Blues to begin preseason preparations.
Seattle announced it will open the entire stadium for the match
against Chelsea and three MLS matches: Aug. 5 vs. Los Angeles, Aug.
18 vs. Vancouver and Oct. 7 vs. Portland. Seattle limits its
seating capacity to about 38,000 for most MLS matches.