The European champions from London start their North American trip in Seattle.
|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
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chelsea finished sixth 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, PA 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.