Monthly Archives: July 2012
Actually, it was just a bit of training ground fun this afternoon as Chelsea took a break from its workout to meet some Seahawks players, swap jerseys, and give the “other” football a try. Check out this slideshow of the two football worlds colliding…
By the way, pretty good form there, Frank!
Chelsea begins training in Seattle
Chelsea transplanted their preseason training across the Atlantic yesterday with morning and evening sessions at the Seattle Seahawks practice facilities. The Sounders FC website captured some great footage of the sessions, along with an interview with club ambassador Graeme Le Saux.
In other Chelsea news today, the UK’s Daily Mail claims Chelsea is nearing a deal to acquire Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Brazilian club Internacional. Not sure what to think about that possibility as I haven’t had the opportunity to see Oscar in action. However, I’m a little surprised Chelsea hasn’t focused on beefing up the defense this summer as they’re pretty stacked in midfield at the moment.
Any thoughts on the potential Oscar signing?
Blues arrive in America for two week tour
The blog has been on pause for a couple weeks while I’ve been vacationing with my family. But I’m back home now, just in time for Chelsea’s arrival stateside for their four-city tour, which kicks off this Wednesday in Seattle against the Sounders (you can see it live on ESPN2). The team touched down in Seattle yesterday evening to begin a busy couple weeks of training, matches, and publicity.
When Chelsea last visited the States in 2009, they swung by the then brand new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (which is just a few minutes from my house) for a game against Mexican side Club America.
Unfortunately, the Blues’ U.S. tour this time around is geographically peripheral with stops in Seattle, New York City, Philadelphia, and Miami – locales too far-flung for my schedule and pocketbook this summer. But I’ll still be closely tracking the team’s American adventure, so be sure to check back here regularly for updates.
Chelsea released their tour roster yesterday, which is an exciting mix of youngsters and veterans. I don’t envy DiMatteo’s task of determining a first team from this talented pool. Making his job even more difficult are the major players who will join the tour later (Terry, Torres, Meireles, Cole, and Malouda – due to their post-Euro 2012 rest) and four players not even on the tour since they will be playing in the Olympics (Bertrand, Sturridge, Romeu, and Mata).
Welcome to America, Chelsea! Hope you enjoy your stay and here’s hoping we get to enjoy four Blues victories while you’re here!
Which of Chelsea’s four U.S. pre-season matches are you looking forward to the most?
Latest Chelsea rumors and realities
After a slow start to the traditional summer transfer craziness due to the Euro 2012 tourney, things are about to heat up. Now that the Euro 2012 Final is history (congrats to Spain!) clubs will be scrambling in July to assemble their rosters in time for the new season.
Here are some of the latest rumors involving current or potential Chelsea players. These are solely rumors, approximately 99.9 % of which are planted by players’ agents, so all must be taken with a large grain of salt:
The LA Galaxy might offer Frank Lampard a two-year deal to go Hollywood. Not sure how they would cram in another designated player when they’ve already got Keane, Beckham, and Donovan, but if any MLS team can finagle it, LA can. Lampard is such a Chelsea stalwart that I can’t imagine him leaving. If he had to go, it would be fun to see him in MLS, but I don’t want Lamps to leave Chelsea!
Chelsea has supposedly declined an offer from FC Copenhagen to acquire Romelu Lukaku on loan for the upcoming season. Hope this means Chelsea is going to work Lukaku into the lineup more next season. Looking forward to seeing what the Belgian has to offer.
I’ve read a couple rumors about Chelsea being interested in Arsenal’s Theo Walcott. I file this one under “unexciting”. Walcott hasn’t been a consistent starter for Arsenal and I feel like Chelsea already has a similar player in Daniel Sturridge. I’d rather keep Sturridge.
Chelsea seems quite interested in Wigan striker Victor Moses, but their initial offer was apparently laughed off by Wigan. Moses is semi-interesting, but I’d rather see Chelsea give Sturridge and Lukaku a chance to fulfill their potential.
Chelsea may try to get right back Maicon from Inter Milan. Don’t know much about him, but it might be a good idea as Chelsea ended up defensively short-handed late last season due to injuries.
Paris St. Germain may try to pry John Terry away from Chelsea. While Terry’s also a perennial Blue, I actually wouldn’t be too disappointed to see him go. For all his defensive prowess and leadership, he sure has made some boneheaded moves over the years. And there’s still the small matter of his pending racial abuse case involving his on-field clash with QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last season. I seriously doubt Chelsea will let Terry go though.
Finally, Chelsea is not renewing contracts for Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa. Both are players I won’t miss very much. Their Chelsea seasons were a mixed bag of helpfulness and hurtfulness. Still, they’ll always be a part of Chelsea nostalgia for their contributions to the club’s first Champions League title.
Which of these are good ideas? Bad ideas? Feel free to weigh in below…