Chelsea FC to meet Club América in Las Vegas, visit Charlotte FC to round out 2022 FC Series

ORLANDO, Florida (Wednesday, May 18, 2022) – The FC Series finalized its 2022 lineup Wednesday, as Chelsea FC of the English Premier League confirmed friendlies against Club América of Liga MX and Charlotte FC of Major League Soccer ahead of a stateside matchup with EPL rivals Arsenal in Orlando this summer.

Chelsea, champions of the 2021 UEFA Champions League, will face Club América, winners of a record 13 titles in Mexico’s top league, on Saturday, July 16, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Blues will then travel to Orlando for training before visiting Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for an exhibition against MLS expansion club Charlotte FC the evening of Wednesday, July 20. 

Chelsea’s U.S. tour will culminate in the Florida Cup, a North London derby between Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, on Saturday, July 23.

Public sale for the Las Vegas and Charlotte matches starts Wednesday, May 25. Tickets to both FC Series matches in Orlando, including the Arsenal-Chelsea match and a July 20 friendly between Arsenal and Orlando City at Exploria Stadium, are available now

The FC Series is the national expansion of the Florida Cup, the Sunshine State’s largest annual international soccer and music event. The weeklong festival will also include additional ancillary events in Orlando featuring club legends and other celebrities, including a concert from Brazilian superstar Ivete Sangalo on Sunday, July 17, at Universal Orlando Resort.

Chelsea FC will be joining under new ownership. The Blues will only travel if the sale of the club has completed, and they accordingly are no longer subject to United Kingdom government sanctions. 

Broadcast info and official start times for all FC Series matches will be announced in due course. For more information, including group and premium ticket details, visit FCSeries.com.

A complete FC Series match schedule can be found below:

SATURDAY, JULY 16

Chelsea FC (England) vs. Club América (Mexico) | Time TBD (Evening)

Allegiant Stadium

Las Vegas, NV

Public sale starts 5/25, more info at FCSeries.com

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

Arsenal FC (England) vs. Orlando City SC (USA) | Time TBD (Evening)

Exploria Stadium

Orlando, FL

On sale now at FCSeries.com

Chelsea FC (England) vs. Charlotte FC (USA) | Time TBD (Evening)

Bank of America Stadium

Charlotte, NC

Public sale starts 5/25, more info at FCSeries.com

SATURDAY, JULY 23 – FLORIDA CUP

Arsenal FC (England) vs. Chelsea FC (England) | Time TBD (Evening)

Camping World Stadium

Orlando, FL

On sale now at FCSeries.com

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Florida Cup / FC Series CEO Ricardo Villar 
“The Florida Cup has delivered unique international match ups since 2015, and we're proud to see this FC Series expansion come to fruition while maintaining our strong roots in the Latin American market. We can't wait to host Mexican powerhouse Club America alongside a pair of Premier League icons and two of MLS' most exciting young franchises in stadiums across the U.S. this summer.”

Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan
“After Florida Citrus Sports added the Florida Cup to its lineup a little over a year ago, we immediately looked for ways to elevate and amplify this incredible event and brand. This year's expanded field is yet another step in that direction, and we are looking forward to working with our partners in Las Vegas and Charlotte to literally put the FC Series on the map from coast to coast.”

Chelsea FC Technical and Performance Advisor Petr Cech: 
“We’ve always had a lot of success on our US tours, taking so many fans to the stadiums and giving them the opportunity to see Chelsea FC play live.

We have a huge fan base in the US that we’ve proudly built and we’ve seen that fan base getting bigger and bigger every year.

We are delighted to go and play in the FC Series and the Florida Cup, where in total we will have three competitive games to prepare well for our upcoming season and to show what we can do to the American audience.”

Charlotte FC President Joe LaBue: 
“Charlotte is a soccer city and to host Chelsea FC, one of the biggest clubs in the world, for an international friendly this summer is an incredible opportunity to showcase our region as a soccer hotbed. We’ve always said we wanted to bring the best talent and teams around the globe to Bank of America Stadium and this delivers on that promise. It is also an excellent opportunity for our players to play against the top competition in the world, and to continue to showcase our Club on a global stage.”

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO/President Steve Hill: 
“Bringing a match of this caliber to Las Vegas will create unparalleled excitement and energy, and we can’t wait to welcome fans from around the world. The players, fans and staff will enjoy the many “Only Vegas” experiences that make Las Vegas the greatest arena on earth, from world class entertainment to unrivaled dining, sports and attractions.” 

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