Chelsea in Fight to Rescue US Tour

The Evening Standard (London, England), May 20, 2005 | Go to article overview

Chelsea in Fight to Rescue US Tour


Byline: MATT HUGHES

CHELSEA'S summer tour of America is under threat because the club are struggling to find suitable opposition.

The Champions World Series is unlikely to take place after the tournament promoter, Champions World, filed for bankruptcy in January leaving Chelsea to arrange their own fixtures.

AC Milan are the only other European club to confirm their presence in America at the end of July, but such is Chelsea's desperation to return to the States that they are considering playing three exhibition matches against the Italians.

Chelsea made [pounds sterling]1.5million from last year's preseason tour and chief executive Peter Kenyon is determined to reinforce the club's presence in what is one of their four target markets, along with Russia, China and London.

The club, who face Suwon Bluewings today on their tour in Korea, have secured an agreement to stage matches in New York, Chicago and Toronto but three games against AC Milan would be difficult to sell to the sceptical American public.

A more likely scenario is a twolegged tie against Milan followed by a one-off friendly against an American club. The future of Champions World will be resolved by the Federal District Court of Newark, New Jersey, next week after a public auction of their assets failed to deliver a new owner.

Soccer United Marketing and San Marco Sports Events are bidding to take over the company and the winner may choose to revive the tournament, though it is unlikely to take place this year. …

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