Chelsea news

N.Y. to host Chelsea vs. Man City

April 8, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

Chelsea will end its season with a second match in the United States, this time a friendly against Manchester City at New York's Yankee Stadium on May 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Also at Yankee Stadium, world and European champion Spain will play an exhibition game on June 11 vs. Ireland.

Spain, which leads second-place France by one point in Group I of European qualifying for next year's World Cup, does not play a competitive match until Sept. 6 at Finland. Ireland, which hosts the Faeroe Islands in a qualifier on June 7, is fourth in Group C, eight points back of Germany and trailing Austria and Sweden on goal difference.

The new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009, first hosted soccer last summer when Chelsea played to a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid notched a 5-1 victory over AC Milan.

Manchester City and Chelsea first meet in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal at Wembley and then they head to Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, on May 23, before the second stateside friendly in New York. The Busch Stadium friendly is sold out, Chelsea said on its website.

"We received sensational support in what was a sea of blue fans inside and outside the stadium that day," Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on the club website. "Spending the week in St Louis and New York also provides a great opportunity for the club to reconnect with our U.S. fans before we head to Asia in July for pre-season."

Manchester City has toured North America in two of the last three years in an attempt to boost its profile in the region.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.