Chelsea confirm July date with LA Galaxy
Former England captain David Beckham is likely to come up against some familiar faces early in his new career in America after Chelsea announced their participation in a pre-season tournament involving his new club Los Angeles Galaxy.
Beckham will leave Real Madrid for the USA this summer and one of the first teams he is likely to face is Jose Mourinho's side.
Chelsea will play LA Galaxy on July 21 as part of a four-team tournament in the States which also includes Korean side Suwon Bluewings - owned by Chelsea's shirt sponsors Samsung - and Mexico's Tigres.
The World Series of Soccer, as the competition has been named, is the first venture in the strategic alliance between Chelsea and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) - owners of LA Galaxy - which was established 12 months ago.
Matches will take place at The Home Depot Center, while Chelsea will also be playing a warm-up match before the tournament at another venue in California.
'We are very happy that we are going back to the US for pre-season and we have done it every year since my arrival,' said Mourinho.
'The facilities are very good and the people very well organised giving us the best conditions to prepare for this important work.
'In previous seasons we have always won a trophy and although I am not a superstitious person this has something to do with the good preparation.
'This season will be a little bit more special because we have a tournament with teams that we have a special relationship with, the Samsung Bluewings for obvious reasons and also LA Galaxy and the fact that David Beckham is there brings something extra to the tournament and to the game.
'This gives me the chance to wish him big success in the US. He will be very important for US soccer and for the relationship between US soccer and European soccer.
'We look forward to coming for the tournament and I know already that my players will enjoy again pre-season in the US and they are happy with our decision to go back.'
Further World Series pre-season tournaments involving Chelsea will take place in the US in 2009 and 2011.