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Club Friendly Preview: Seattle Sounders - Chelsea


Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Meredith; Burch, Ianni, Parke, Johansson; Rose, Gonzalez, Alonso, Evans, Montero; Rosales.


SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- OUT: GK Andrew Weber (R adductor strain); FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); FW David Estrada (L foot fracture); QUESTIONABLE: MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); PROBABLE: DF Adam Johansson (R hamstring strain)

Chelsea (4-4-2): Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Meireles, Obi Mikel, Lampard; Hazard, Torres


  • Chelsea finished 6th in the Premier League in 2011-12 but still qualified for the Champions League due to the fact that it won the tournament by beating Bayern Munich on penalties.

  • The club's marquee signing this summer, Eden Hazard, is set to make his debut for the club. He'll wear no. 17 for the London side.

  • This summer also signaled the exit of club legend Didier Drogba, who signed for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

  • Following its match with Seattle, the Blues will take on PSG at Yankee Stadium on July 22 and then will be the opponent for the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park in Chester on July 25.

  • Seattle comes into the match in third place in the Western Conference with 31 points from 20 matches.

  • U.S. international Eddie Johnson currently leads the club in scoring with eight goals.

  • Following the friendly, Seattle will go on to face fellow Western Conference teams Colorado and Los Angeles.

  • The Sounders played Manchester United this time last season and were beaten handily 7-0.
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