Manchester City to Play Chelsea in St. Louis 4 Days After Premier League Season Ends

Manchester City will embark on its third US tour in four years when the club plays Chelsea in a friendly in St. Louis, just four days after the 2012-13 Premier League season ends.

The match between Chelsea and Manchester City is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 7:30pm CST and will be played at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, Busch Stadium. Tickets go on sale April 2, with prices starting at $30. The will be the first ever international soccer match played at the stadium.

“All the first team players are really looking forward to the opportunity to play in the iconic Busch stadium, and bringing Manchester City even closer to their North American fans,” said Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive for Manchester City Football Club.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for the club to be able to return to America so quickly after the last tour,” said Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay.  “We will face the strongest opposition in Manchester City and I am sure we will provide a competitive and entertaining match in St Louis.”

Manchester City and Chelsea are expected to announce an additional match of their brief US tour. Both clubs will face each other in another friendly, this time either at Yankee Stadium on May 25 in New York City.

Tickets are still available for the friendly between Manchester City and Chelsea at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Visit the Yankees website for all your ticket options.

No additional friendlies are planned by either club in the US this year.

Are you planning on going to see Chelsea-Manchester City in either St. Louis or New York City (or both)? If so, let us know in the comments section below. And whether you’re excited about both clubs coming Stateside.

24 thoughts on “Manchester City to Play Chelsea in St. Louis 4 Days After Premier League Season Ends”

  1. I am a chelsea fan, I am a little excited but then am worried; the season ends and then you wan to get the players on the plane to America, I feel they need to rest. Why not plan this for july or something?!

  2. Great exactly what I thought best. Hold the games in non-MLS cities to judge interest. Although we do know St. Louis has a strong soccer tradition.

  3. The May 25th game won’t be at Citifield since the Mets are home that day.
    Looks like Chelsea would be back at Yankee Stadium for the 2nd year in a row.

  4. Got to laugh at that mug saying all the players are excited to be going to America for two games after a long season.

    It’s going to suck for Chelski if they slip to 4th and then need to qualify for the CL as they will need a early return for pre season. For the fans it’s great they get to see the teams play but I’m sure they don’t want to hear about players being fatigued next season. Also I can just see the headlines now if a player from either team picks up a serious injury in a totally pointless friendly.

    1. All Premier League teams play friendlies in the summer and run the risk of players getting injured. These type of games are part and parcel for all clubs, even Manchester United who are touring Asia this summer.

      The Gaffer

      1. The point of a pre season tours and friendly gaffer is primarily to get players in shape for the upcoming season. It’s something every club no matter how big or small has to do so they are all facing the same risk of players getting injured.

        Having a player get injured on a meaningless end of season tour is totally different than getting injured in pre season. Neither of theses teams are doing this for fitness reasons. Can you imagine if Kompany tore his ACL in one of these games or if Mata or Hazard ruptured a Achilles’ tendon and was out injured for months.

        Don’t get me wrong if UTD did a end of season tour in America I’d be the first to sign up for matches but I’d rather they let the players recover from a long season before they start a tough pre season program.

        1. I’d love to know what some of our resident Chelsea and City fans who live in the UK think of the end of season tour idea. If I was them I wouldn’t be happy.

        2. I disagree. The point of pre-season friendlies are to generate revenue for clubs, and to generate new fans as well as bonding with their fanbase. If it was just for getting players in shape, they would continue to play friendlies in Britain.

          The Gaffer

          1. That is correct Gaffer, in PRE-SEASON friendlies, after the players have had a break to rest & recuperate, not 4 days after the season ends, that’s a POST-SEASON tour and it completely stupid & risking additional injuries as we, Chelsea, are also doing a pre-season tour in Asia and I would imagine City have one planned too, utterly pointless and stupid.

  5. not a fan of either side might be a big rip off. could be wrong but don’t think many 1st team players will play. big money for tickets. if i am wrong i will post my apology after the exhibition.

  6. I think a few people are assuming that because the EPL finishes that that’s it for the players but it isn’t.Nearly all the players of Chelsea & City will be playing International matches at the end of May/Early June so they would not be on their ‘official’ off season until after those.
    The Prem ends 2 weeks earlier than most European leagues is why the players are able to go on this tour until they then have to meet up with their international teams.

  7. I love futbol it’s the world’s best sport. All year round’ in almost every country futbol is played and every time it’s truly a site to behold

  8. Grant Wahl just said on Goals on Sunday that Chelsea and Man City will be playing at Yankee Stadium on the day of the Champions League Final May 25th and they will be showing the final on the big screen before the match starts.

  9. i will be in st louis for sure to watch chelsea

    do you know guys which hotel that chelsea will be live in ??

    im planning to get room at the same hotel

    any idea ??

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