Saturday 30 March 2013
Manchester City have announced that they are to play a post-season friendly against Chelsea at Yankee Stadium in New York.
"Since City’s visit to the United States in 2010, our relationship with North American fans has continued to grow"
Ferran Soriano, Man City CEO
Two days after meeting in St Louis for a match that sold out within 20 minutes of tickets going on sale the present Barclays Premier League champions and the reigning European club champions will lock horns again at one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues.
The match, which will take place on Saturday 25 May at 5.30pm local time, will have Chelsea returning to the venue they graced last summer, when they faced Paris Saint-Germain in the first football match to be played at the new baseball stadium.
"Since City’s visit to the United States in 2010, our relationship with North American fans has continued to grow,” Ferran Soriano, Manchester City’s CEO told the club’s website. "We are enthusiastic believers in the development of soccer in the US and have seen first-hand the passion that North American supporters have for the beautiful game. We are delighted to bring City to their doorstep. Yankee Stadium is a fantastic venue, rich in tradition and history.”
This match forms the first part of City’s summer schedule. In July they will be taking part in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, along with Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and South China.
Soriano’s opposite number at Chelsea, Ron Gourlay, told the club’s website: “The club is excited to be playing a double-header in the US this May and thrilled to be returning to Yankee Stadium.
"America has long been an important place for Chelsea, and we have seen first-hand the continued rise of the game's popularity"
“We were delighted to take part in the first-ever football game there, and we received sensational support in what was a sea of blue fans inside and outside the stadium that day.
“Spending the week in St Louis and New York also provides a great opportunity for the club to reconnect with our US fans before we head to Asia in July for pre-season.
“America has long been an important place for Chelsea Football Club, and we have seen first-hand the continued rise of the game's popularity. Beyond playing matches in the US we have developed a Super Club network, which allows thousands of children across the States to play competitive football in Chelsea kit and act as local ambassadors within their communities.”
During Chelsea's last visit to New York in 2012, Chelsea Foundation coaches held football sessions for local youngsters in Harlem as part of their continued work to help spread the football message in the country. Chelsea's Super Clubs are based in Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.
Tickets for the match will go on sale as a bundle package (which also includes a friendly between Spain and the Republic of Ireland on 11 June) from Wednesday, 10 April at 10am local time at www.yankees.com/soccer.
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