Chelsea FC will return to CenturyLink Field on July 18 for a friendly match with Sounders FC.
The game is included in the Sounders’ season-ticket package, and also will be part of a four-game ticket special that will include Major League Soccer games against Los Angeles on Aug. 5, Vancouver on Aug. 18 and Portland on Oct. 7.
The upper deck of CenturyLink Field will be open for all four matches.
“We welcome the return visit of one of the premier teams and leaders in the football world with Chelsea FC,” Sounders owner Joe Roth said in a statement.
In 2009, Chelsea became the first international club to visit Sounders FC for a friendly. They took a 2-0 decision over Seattle before a crowd of 65,372. Later that season, Seattle brought in FC Barcelona. The 2010 friendlies featured Boca Juniors, Celtic and Chivas de Guadalajara. Last season, Manchester United visited.
“We’re delighted to be returning to Seattle to kick off our summer tour of the U.S.,” Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said in a statement. “The right preseason preparation is vital to us, and there is no better place to start. Seattle’s facilities are second to none, and the Sounders are quality opponents who enjoy great support.”
Chelsea stands fifth in the English Premier League with a 14-8-8 record. The London-based club is the only EPL side still also competing in Champions League.
The Sounders have a 2-0 record in their fourth MLS season. Their next league match is 7 p.m. Saturday, when San Jose visits.
Ticket information is available at SoundersFC.com.
The Sounders reserves played to a 1-1 draw in their season-opener at Vancouver on Monday. Midfielder Alex Caskey put Seattle ahead in the 72nd minute. However, Carlyle Mitchell got the equalizer past goalkeeper Bryan Meredith in the second minute of stoppage time. With the reserves away, coach Sigi Schmid led the rest of the Sounders through a light practice at Starfire Sports Complex. The team is off today, and will return to training Wednesday. Forward Eddie Johnson (hip) took part in full training Monday. Schmid said he “is definitely coming along,” but added it was too early to decide his availability for Saturday. Schmid also said midfielder Mauro Rosales (knee) is improving but probably won’t play this weekend.
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