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Chelsea to play Arsenal in Orlando pre-season fixture

Chelsea will make a much-anticipated return to the United States this summer as part of the FC Series, a competition featuring clubs from across the globe.

We will join the week-long ‘Clash of Nations’ tour, culminating in a stateside derby against Arsenal at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday 23 July. The Florida Cup will be up for grabs that evening.

Chelsea will headline two other international matches across the US during the FC Series – on 16 July and 20 July – with locations and opponents to be announced.

Chelsea technical and performance advisor Petr Cech said: ‘We’ve always had a lot of success on our US tours, taking so many fans to the stadiums and giving them the opportunity to see Chelsea FC play live.

We have a huge fan base in the US that we’ve proudly built, and we’ve seen that fanbase getting bigger and bigger every year. We are delighted to go and play in the FC Series and the Florida Cup, where in total we will have three competitive games to prepare well for our upcoming season and to show what we can do to the American audience.’

Ricardo Villar, CEO of the Florida Cup/FC Series, added: ‘We are thrilled to continue our tradition of connecting countries across the world through sport. We look forward to delivering a first-class experience to our English visitors with help from our partners locally in Orlando and across North America.’

The club will be joining under new ownership. The Blues will only travel if the sale of the club has completed and accordingly are no longer subject to United Kingdom government sanctions.

Ticket information for the FC Series is available at FCSeries.com. Broadcast information and official start times will be announced later this year.

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