Michael Essien in USA for Chelsea’s pre-season

The ‘Bison’ will have to catch the eye of coach Roberto Di Matteo during the pre-season camping in Seattle in order to get more playing time unlike last season
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has arrived in USA with Chelsea for the club’s pre-season campaign.

The 29-year-old was part of the 25-man squad that departed London on Saturday morning. The squad excludes players who were at the Euro 2012 and those also selected by their countries for the Olympic Games.

The reigning European champions are currently in Seattle where they will play a friendly match against Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.

‘The Bison’ will be hoping to impress manager Roberto Di Matteo during the pre-season after spending most part of the second half of last season on the bench.

The former Olympic Lyon midfielder is still on an indefinite break from national activities.

The Blues will open their 2012-2013 campaign on August 19 with an away game against Wigan Athletic. Before that they will engage Manchester City in the Community Shield a week before.