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Schedule and TV For Chelsea, Milans

The World Football Challenge, organized by sports and entertainment giant Creative Artists, is as follows:

July 19: Inter Milan-America, Stanford Stadium, 7 p.m. ET ESPN2
July 21: Chelsea-Inter Milan, Rose Bowl, 11 p.m. ESPN2
July 22: AC Milan-America, Georgia Dome, 7 p.m. ESPN2
July 24: AC Milan-Chelsea, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 8 p.m. ESPN
July 26: AC Milan-Inter Milan, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, 5 p.m. ESPN2
July 26: Chelsea-America, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, 7 p.m. ESPN2

I just got off the phone with Chelsea executive Peter Kenyon, who says the club will bring its first-team preseason squad of 24-25 players and plans to play most, if not all, of them throughout the tournament. In Baltimore, the artificial turf will be covered with natural grass. Kenyon said Baltimore officials, led by the Kevin Healey, president of the indoor Blast and affiliated with the Bays youth club, aggressively pursued the game for some time and that there were never any discussions with FedEx Field or RFK Stadium.

For more information about the event, click here.

By Steve Goff  |  March 24, 2009; 12:31 PM ET
Categories:  England , Italy , Mexico  
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WOW! I am stunned that they got ESPN on board for this. Now it is even more important that Atlanta and its supporters show up.

Posted by: Reignking | March 24, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Exciting stuff. Something to look forward to in the Dog Days of summer...

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 24, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Any word on if Milan will bring their full squad?

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 24, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

It's like the SuperLiga, but not organized by SUM and not including any MLS teams.

Of course AC Milan is also scheduled for an AEG/SUM friendly at the LA Galaxy in July.

Exhibition football is what the summer should be all about. Playing competitive games (that are limited to 3 subs) in the hot summer climate of the US is not always the best idea. These off-season exhibition events are better suited for the US summers.

One day, I even imagine MLS will stop scheduling league games in July.

Posted by: tab5g1 | March 24, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Big difference between playing a game on a Saturday afternoon in July and playing one on a Friday night at 8:00 pm.

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 24, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

certainly there is a difference between day and night games (in the summer). but watching the pace at which games are played in the US in July can be frustrating for fans and incredibly taxing on the players -- even during evening/night matches.

humidity lasts well into the evening/night in a lot of US cities in July/August.

absolutely, and there's a difference between a summer exhibition match (that will likely allow additional substitutions) and a competitive league match (that is limited to 3 changes).

Posted by: tab5g1 | March 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What about 5 pm in late July outside Boston? Or 6 pm local in Dallas?

Sorry, but it's likely to be pretty hot. Besides, how many midsummer afternoon games does United usually play? 2? 3? Even those hot, humid night games can be pretty hard on the players.

Posted by: fischy | March 24, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The July 26th "Milan Derby" conflicts with the Gold Cup final, so I will not be there.

Posted by: krustylew | March 24, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I have tickets for the Battle for Jose's Heart at the Rose Bowl. Chelsea v. Inter

Posted by: Shanoni | March 24, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's not part of the deal, but it doesn't hurt to mention that Chelsea will be visiting the Sounders on July 18th.12pm on ESPN2.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What? No Boca Juniors? :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | March 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Nice job!

This way, a Mexican club looks sub-par!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is also good news for the stadium bill. An event like this can do nothing but help the Maryland soccer community and the momentum for the bill.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Cowboys stadium has artificial turf. It ain't FieldTurf, though, and as far as I know, that's the only artificial turf that FIFA likes.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 24, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

You would think ManU and Liverpool owners being Americans they would bring them to the states more often to show case their world famous clubs but nope it's the Russians and others who come here to grab our money. What a shame!

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | March 24, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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