Chelsea is bringing a traveling party of 30 players, including John Terry (at least for a part of the trip), to the United States for its series of preseason games that begins Wednesday against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Park. After that, Chelsea will play July 22 against Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium in New York.
On Friday, Terry, the team’s captain, was acquitted in court in London of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers. That is likely to be grist of hundreds of questions, which are likely to be deflected and largely ignored by the proverbial statement “that’s in the past, let’s talk about this tour and the coming season.” At least that is the early line.
In addition to the match against P.S.G., Chelsea will face a team of stars from Major League Soccer on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., outside Philadelphia. Chelsea’s tour, part of the World Football Challenge, concludes in Miami with a game against Milan on July 28.
Five players whose countries advanced past the group stage of Euro 2012 – Ashley Cole, Terry, Florent Malouda, Raul Meireles and Fernando Torres – will join the club during the course of the tour.
Chelsea, which won last season’s UEFA Champions League in May in a penalty shootout against Bayern Munich, will also be traveling with its newest signings: the 21-year-old Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard and the 23-year-old German wing Marko Marin.
Goalkeepers Petr Cech, Henrique Hilario, Ross Turnbull, Jamal Blackman
Defenders Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, John Terry, David Luiz, Paulo Ferreira, Gary Cahill, Sam Hutchinson, Todd Kane, Nathaniel Chalobah
Midfielders Michael Essien, Ramires, Flourent Malouda, Raul Meireles, Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Yossi Benayoun, Josh McEachran, George Saville
Forwards Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Torres, Gael Kakuta, Kevin De Bruyne, Patrick Bamford, Lucas Piazon