Chelsea takes on Seattle Sounders FC tonight
Chelsea returns to the pitch tonight for a preseason friendly in their first match since winning the Champions League in May. Although several players will be missing due to post-Euro 2012 vacation and/or impending Olympics duty, it will be fun to see the Blues knocking around the leather again. It’s also a great opportunity to see some of the club’s youngsters play.
Speaking of youngsters, Oscar the Brazilian Wonder Kid (as I’ve decided to call him for now) supposedly passed his physical with the club, but Di Matteo still won’t confirm or deny any deal.
Florent Malouda will be joining Chelsea in the U.S. in a day or two, but it may be a short visit. Rumor is he may be headed to a South American team. I’ve always liked Malouda, but the time is probably right to let him go. His play has deteriorated since Chelsea’s 2009/10 EPL title-winning season. He didn’t contribute much with France at the Euros this summer either. He will be missed, but the club probably needs to free up his roster spot.
Chelsea’s mega-deal of the summer so far has been the signing of Eden Hazard. Now it sounds like they may be interested in Eden’s 19-year-old younger brother Thorgan. If that were to happen, Thorgan would instantly inherit the title of awesomest name on the team. Thorgan currently plays for Lens in France’s Ligue 2. I know nothing about him except that he’s a midfielder and that anyone with “Thor” in his first name is bound to be a cool dude.
Chelsea’s ongoing attempt to purchase every Brazilian soccer player on the planet has apparently hit a snag as Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk rejected their bid for Willian. I don’t know much about Willian either, but he does have his own website, aptly named “willianwebsite.com”.
Former Chelsea manager-turned-Avenger Andre Villas Boas wants to foil Chelsea’s quest for Brazilian domination by trying to capture Hulk for Tottenham. For much of the summer Chelsea has been rumored to be nabbing Hulk. If AVB is successful in making Hulk a Hotspur, Thorgan can breathe easy that his awesomest name title is safe.
“What we need is more Brazilians!”
By the way, since the Brazilian Olympic soccer team is now in London, Chelsea might as well just bid for the entire team. Perhaps they could save money by buying Brazilians in bulk.
Here is some footage of Chelsea’s training session at CenturyLink Field yesterday evening. Kudos to Sounders FC for their Chelsea coverage this week, and kudos to Sounders fans for making their club one of the best supported in MLS. The Sounders and their fans deserve to get friendlies like tonight’s against Chelsea!
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