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Post by Blue Barrett Mon May 07, 2012 7:13 pm

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the two final dates on our 2012 US summer tour.

We will be playing Paris St Germain at the Yankee Stadium (pictured), New York City, on Sunday, July 22 and AC Milan at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Saturday, July 28.

These two exciting dates are added to our previously announced fixtures against Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on July 18 and Philadelphia on July 25 where we will meet the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park.

Chelsea have not played in New York City since the summer of 1954, but we now look forward to a debut at one of sport's iconic venues - the new Yankee Stadium - which was opened in 2009 in the Bronx district of New York. A soccer game has never before been staged in the stadium.

Replacing the old Yankee Stadium, which had stood across the road since 1923, the new venue's features closely mirror the original and include an eye-catching Indiana limestone exterior.

In its three years the stadium has already hosted boxing events as well as performances from Jay-Z and Eminem and Paul McCartney, with Madonna set to perform in September. The venue has a 54,000 capacity when configured for football.

The game brings Chelsea a first reunion with former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was in charge at Stamford Bridge for two years from 2009 until 2011, winning the Premier League and FA Cup Double in his first season. He is assisted in Paris by Chelsea legend Claude Makelele and former coach Paul Clement.

Our former defender Alex, a popular figure among Blues fans due to his rocket-like free-kicks, is also on the books with the French side having played for us between 2007 and 2011.

AC Milan will be familiar opposition on Chelsea's first ever visit to Florida in what promises to be a keenly contested game. We met Milan last in the summer of 2009 in Baltimore, when goals from Didier Drogba and Yury Zhirkov earned us a 2-1 win in front of more than 70,000 fans. A year earlier we had beaten the Italians 5-1 thanks to four goals from Nicolas Anelka, and they were also our first ever Champions League opponents way back in 1999.

Sun Life Stadium has a capacity of 75,540 and since it opened in 1987 has hosted five Super Bowls and two baseball World Series.

'We are very excited to announce these two final fixtures in our summer tour,' said Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay.

'Chelsea Football Club is delighted to be heading to New York after such a long time away, and it will be a real pleasure to visit Yankee Stadium for what is sure to be a competitive game.

'Paris St Germain represents a true test for us in our preparations for the new season. We know Carlo well and respect the superb job he did for us, and continues to do in France. It should be a fantastic game.

'Southern Florida is a hotbed of football support and we cannot wait to resume our friendly rivalry with AC Milan at a packed stadium.

'The four fixtures we have lined up in the US offer an exciting schedule and as a club we cannot wait to sample the ever-growing appetite for the game in America.',,10268~2762724,00.html
F*kn amazing! I'll be in Miami in the summer before heading back home! Such a pleasant coincidence! YEEESSSS!!!! cheers
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Post by Kick Tue May 08, 2012 2:10 am

Haha lucky!

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