Chelsea continue their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Major League Soccer expansion side Charlotte FC in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The Blues kicked off their summer with a 2-1 win over Mexican giants Club America last week, with goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount either side of a Reece James own goal delivering the goods at Allegiant Stadium, Nevada.
Next up is a trip to Bank of America Stadium for a historic night where Charlotte FC, who became Major League Soccer’s 28th club this season, will host a European giant for the first time.
Despite pulling together a group of entirely new players and switching head coaches midway through this season, CLTFC have been going well, sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference, just a point below the MLS Cup Playoff places.
They’ll be keen to give Chelsea a stern test on their own patch in what will be their second-highest attended game yet. Charlotte FC broke the MLS attendance record in their first-ever home match against the LA Galaxy in March in front of 74,479 fans.
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How to watch Chelsea Vs Charlotte FC pre-season friendly on TV/live stream
When is kick-off?: Thursday 21 July, 00:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played?: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte NC
TV channel/live stream?: Chelseafc.com (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Chelsea Team News Vs Charlotte FC
Midfielders N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have remained in England due to their vaccination status. The duo played alongside a number of Under-23 stars in a 4-2 win over Boreham Wood last week.
All eyes will be on USMNT star Christian Pulisic as he once again plays in front of an American crowd.
Armando Broja, Billy Gilmour, Tino Anjorin, and Harvey Vale have all been dismissed from the squad, with a handful of permanent and loan moves lined up.