Seattle Sounders vs Chelsea, Friendly: Open Thread

Chelsea kicks off its 2012 US summer tour with a friendly against Seattle Sounders tonight. For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on ESPN2 beginning at 9:30pm ET (also shown live on

Playing their first match since the triumph of winning the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League Final, Chelsea will hopefully give debuts to new signings Eden Hazard and Marko Marin. Plus, it’ll be a good opportunity to see if January transfer signing Kevin De Bruyne gets a run out for a Blues side that is expected to be very strong next season.

The last time these two teams played each other, in 2009, Chelsea won 2-0 in front of a capacity 69,000 crowd. I don’t expect tonight’s crowd to be as large, but it should be an entertaining game in front of a wonderful set of supporters.

Before, during and after tonight’s match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations about the game in the comments section below.

7 thoughts on “Seattle Sounders vs Chelsea, Friendly: Open Thread”

  1. Great to see this. Not quite as good as the “real thing” but this will be quite acceptable put on my TV screen while getting some work done.

    Good supporters there in Seattle. Saw a match there last year and was quite impressed. Quite a cut above most MLS crowds, I’d say.

  2. Not a bad game, though slower in the second half. So nice to see Steve Zakuani back after his injury last year.

    Hope the Chelsea-PSG game at Yankee Stadium is good.

  3. I was there last night. First time seeing the Sounders play and that was a great experience for our family. Bi stadium, mostly full (announced crowd 53,000) and more than half of stadium in Sounders jerseys and 2/3 in Sounders colors. Great fans in Seattle.

    My opinions on this series still hold true: mediocre matches, advertised stars are no shows.

    1. Which stars were advertised that didn’t play?

      We all knew that the Euro 2012 and Olympic players wouldn’t be participating, and the Chelsea team added new players such as Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin De Bruyne.

      The Gaffer

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