Chelsea are participating in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup this summer, and this looks like it will be their last warm-up before the start of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.
Chelsea FC Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said:
“We are delighted to be able to play a fourth game in America following on from the International Champions Cup. Roma will provide us with excellent competition as we complete our preparations for what promises to be an exciting season for Chelsea Football Club.”
Talking about Roma’s second straight tour of North America, the club’s CEO Italo Zanzi said:
“The tour will be a key part of our preparations for next season. This trip will allow us to train in top-level facilities and meet world-class opponents. We will also have the chance to expand our brand in the world’s most exciting markets. We’re confident that our team will gain a lot from this experience. The tour is also a unique opportunity for our international supporters and our sponsors to experience first-hand the amazing atmosphere that surrounds AS Roma.”
The two sides have met in the USA before, during Jose Mourinho’s first summer as Chelsea manager in 2004, with the Blues running out 3-0 winners in Pittsburgh.