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.