The time of the year when Europe’s top soccer clubs play exhibition matches on United States soil is just around the corner, with Yankee Stadium set to host two world powerhouses for the second year running.
It has just been announced that reigning Champions League winners Chelsea will take on English Premier League champions Manchester City on May 25 at 5:30 pm ET, just one week after the Premiership campaign ends. Tickets for this high-profile encounter are already available for sale on TicketCenter.com (http://www.ticketcenter.com/exhibition-manchester-city-fc-vs-chelsea-fc-tickets/2067227 - Receive a 5% discount when you join their Facebook page!), so make sure to reserve your tickets if you don’t want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Some month and a half after the two sides battle each other at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, they will meet again at a stadium that replaced a truly historical ground, giving the fans in New York a chance to see some genuine world-class players at first hand. With neither side too impressive this season, the match at the Yankee Stadium might be a perfect chance for the two teams to prove their worth and still finish the season on a high.
This is the clash of two up-and-coming soccer clubs that have been making waves in both England and Europe of late, with Chelsea enjoying a bit more success over the past few years. The Blues may have failed to challenge for the Premier League title recently, but last season’s Champions League triumph and this year’s solid showings in Europa League prove the Stamford Bridge outfit are slowly turning into true European giants.
As far as their star-studded squad is concerned, seasoned professionals like Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole still hold important roles, but the US soccer fans are also going to enjoy seeing the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata, who are setting the Premier League alight with their scintillating displays.
Chelsea will be up against their familiar foes Manchester City, and the club that recently won their first league title after 44 years in one of the most exciting Premier League campaigns ever. The Citizens have been making steady progress since the club were purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in the summer of 2008, although their current season hasn’t quite progressed according to plan. This is going to be an additional motive for Roberto Mancini’s side to do well in the exhibition game and no doubt his men possess enough quality to hurt their opposition.
While the likes of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Gareth Barry are all considered important players at Etihad, there is every chance that people will be flocking to see players like Yaya Toure, David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero strut their stuff at the Yankee Stadium in New York. This is shaping up to be quite a match, so make sure not to miss out.
Tickets for the exhibition game taking place on on May 23 at Busch Stadium, Saint Louis, MO, can be purchased here: http://www.ticketcenter.com/exhibition-chelsea-fc-vs-manchester-city-tickets/2062681