04/08/2009 11:39 AM - Chelsea, of the English Premier League, will take on AC Milan, of Italy’s top division Serie A on Friday, July 24th at M&T Bank Stadium. The game is part of the six-city World Football Challenge, which is bringing European football teams to the United States to compete.
Tickets for the Chelsea vs. AC Milan match are available though the Blast office by calling 410-73-BLAST.
The World Football Challenge will kick off on July 19 and conclude on July 26 with Chelsea, AC Milan, FC Internazionale Milano and ClubAmerica playing at some of the most recognized stadiums across the U.S., including M&T Bank Stadium, the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.), the Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.), Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.), Stanford Stadium (Palo Alto, Calif.) and the new Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas).
The World Football Challenge will give soccer fans the unprecedented opportunity to see global superstars such as John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Ronaldinho, Kaká and Andrea Pirlo play live in Baltimore and experience first-hand the fast-paced, skillful competition that has made soccer the most popular sport in the world.
ESPN, the U.S. English-language television home of the Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cups and other marquee international soccer competitions, is the broadcast partner and will televise all matches on ESPN or ESPN2. Matches will also air on ESPN’s Spanish-language sports network, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN360.com, the company’s live sports broadband network.
Chelsea vs. AC Milan at 8:00 p.m. on July 24, 2009
Gates Open: 6:30 p.m. In other local soccer news, the Baltimore Bays, recently named the No. 1 boys youth soccer club in the country by Soccer America, have announced that the club has formed a partnership with Chelsea that will benefit youth soccer players throughout the state of Maryland.
In 2008, the Bays won two National Championships, including the prestigious initial Championship of the U-18 U.S. Soccer Academy and received National Coach of the Year, National Player of the Year, and National Goal of the Year honors. In the last three years, the club has won four National Championships and sent numerous players to National youth teams.
As part of the partnership between the Baltimore Bays and Chelsea, the English Premiere League team will provide coaching for Bays coaches and players and the Bays will be able to send players to Chelsea to be evaluated. The Bays will host a youth 7 vs. 7 tournament with the winners advancing to Nationals at Disney and, in some age groups, the winners of Nationals will go on to England to participate in another tournament. In an effort to include soccer players from all over the state of Maryland in the benefits of the partnership, the Bays will host the Chelsea Soccer School, a one-week camp with top-notch coaching and teaching of the Chelsea way, from June 22-26 at Cedar Lane Regional Park in Harford County. The Bays will also hold a coaches seminar for local youth coaches at which Chelsea Academy coaches will give coaching tips.