WASHINGTON, July 18, 2013 — English Premier League club Chelsea and Italian team AS Roma will play an exhibition game at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Aug. 10, according to the AS Roma website.
The mouth-watering encounter will see two of Europe’s top teams, loaded with famed players, test out their rosters a week before the Premier League kicks off. The Italian League Serie A, kicks off on Aug. 24.
Chelsea, which is once again coached by Jose Mourinho after his stint at Real Madrid, is one of the world’s most popular clubs with a bevy of big names, including Juan Mata (Spain), Eden Hazard (Belgium), David Luiz (Brazil), Fernando Torres (Spain), Petr Cech (Czech Republic), and English stars Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry. The London-based club has recently been in pursuit of signing Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
Roma features U.S national team star Michael Bradley and Italian stars Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti. The club recently signed Brazilian ace Maicon and Argentine youngster Erik Lamela.
Both clubs will close out their American tours with the game at RFK. Chelsea, which won the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League and came in third in the Premier League, arrive in Washington D.C. after participation in the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup, a tournament played in six American cities from July 27 to August 7 and featuring Real Madrid, Internazionale, Everton, A.C. Milan, Juventus, Valencia and the LA Galaxy. Roma, which came in sixth in the Serie A and runners-up in the Italian Cup, will travel to RFK after playing in the 2013 Major League Soccer All-Star Game on July 31 as well a stop in Canada to face Toronto FC on Aug. 7.
The game at RFK is sponsored by Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, the sports, entertainment and technology company co-founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Tickets start at $38 and will be available via a pre-sale open to D.C. United plan holders, Baltimore Blast season ticket holders and local Chelsea and Roma supporters clubs beginning on Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. and will be available through Ticketmaster, D.C. United, (202-587-5000) and the Baltimore Blast (410-558-4292).
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnahaydon or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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