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Chelsea vs Milan Summer Friendly May Be Moved From Maryland to Miami

chelsea milan Chelsea vs Milan Summer Friendly May Be Moved From Maryland to Miami

A proposed friendly between Chelsea and AC Milan to be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland this summer is in serious jeopardy of being moved to Miami, Florida, due to complications, reports The Washington Post.

The match in Maryland was tentatively scheduled for July 28 and was even posted on the Chelsea website. However, the friendly was never officially announced. Many, myself included, presumed that the match would be announced shortly, but that announcement never came.

For those fans who were on the fence regarding whether to buy tickets to watch Liverpool versus Tottenham, also scheduled for July 28, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, or Chelsea vs Milan at FedEx Field, you may now want to go ahead and buy tickets to see Liverpool versus Spurs before the tickets are sold out.

If the Chelsea-Milan match is moved to Miami, it’ll be the first time in 23 years that a major English team has played a high-profile match in South Florida. The last time was in 1989 when Arsenal entertained Independiente of Argentina at Joe Robbie Stadium. Presumably the Chelsea-Milan match would be played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami now that the baseball team has their own stadium. And what a match it would be between a team challenging for a Serie A title against an English club in the Champions League Final.

As soon as we have more information, we’ll post it on EPL Talk.

What are your thoughts regarding the news? Are you disappointed that the game may not be played in Maryland? Depending on where you live in the country, would you plan on going to Miami to see Chelsea play? Let us know in the comments section below.

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13 Responses to Chelsea vs Milan Summer Friendly May Be Moved From Maryland to Miami

  1. trickybrkn says:

    Both teams would be nuts to play a friendly in July in South Florida.
    with both teams caring a heavy roster of players who will have just finished playing the Euros… nothing like 90 minutes in the heat and humidity of Florida.
    just move it to Chicago and be done with it.

    • The Gaffer says:

      The weather in the New York area could be just as hot as in Florida in the summertime.

      Most of the Premier League clubs are sticking to the east coast this summer because the break is so short between the end of Euro 2012/Olympics and the start of the new season.

      The Gaffer

      • ROTIMO11 says:

        Its sizzling why lie?

      • trickybrkn says:

        the difference between Miami and New York in summer is… if its 90 and 100% humidity its called the heat wave of the century. in Miami its called a day that ends with the letters day.

        Miami has the average temp of 89.5 with 6.11 inches of rain.
        New York City average temp is 84 with 4.60 inches of rain.

        • Usub says:

          There was no problem playing very competitive matches in 1986 in Mexico ( which has hotter places than Miami ). There still was no problem, eight years later, playing very competitive matches up north in the US ( including Florida ). There won’t be any problem in 2012 playing a non-competitive, friendly and relaxed game in Miami.
          And as for players participating in EURO 2012 it is a generally accepted custom to not involve them in international tours following the tournament and grant them instead additionnal days of rest. So don’t expect to see EURO ’12 footballers playing in these US tours.

  2. CTBlues says:

    I wish they would finally announce the date of the match vs Celtic at Yankees Stadium.

  3. lui says:

    Bring that sh*t to Florida… as a Milan supporter and isolation of professional soccer, I haven’t been able to watch a profesional soccer match ever… and there isn’t any MLS in Florida either.. so this is perfect, they cancel the Barcelona vs Milan last year, who played Chivas instead.. so please bring that to Florida.. so I can finally enjoy a live match from Milan in person…

    • The Gaffer says:

      It’s worth noting that Barcelona vs Chivas in Miami last summer had an attendance of 70080, which was a record crowd for South Florida.

      The Gaffer

      • Kevin F says:

        Re: the humidity, while there is no contesting the heat in Florida that time of the year, playing at night makes a world of difference as they were smart enough to do for that Barcelona-Chivas match. I think it was Everton who played Philly Union last summer in midday with temperatures soaring past 100 farenheit.

  4. mike says:

    So bummed if they play in Miami instead of Maryland. My son is a HUGE Chelsea fan. I live in MD and was looking forward to surprising him with tickets…

    • The Gaffer says:

      Chelsea will be playing in Philadelphia at the MLS All-Star Game, as well as in New York at Yankee Stadium against Paris Saint-Germain.

      The Gaffer

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