After taking it easy last preseason due to the World Cup, Chelsea are back in North America for yet another USA Tour. Though this one's strictly East Coast (and Montreal, Canada, for training camp), which is a bit disappointing for those of us on the
Best West Coast.
As usual, the Blues brought a full complement of available senior players, alongside selected youngsters and prospects.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begović, Jamal Blackman
Defenders: John Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanović, César Azpilicueta, Ola Aina, Jake Clarke-Salter
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Cesc Fàbregas, Nemanja Matić, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah
Forwards: Diego Costa, Loïc Rémy, Dominic Solanke, Bertrand Traoré
There had been rumors of Charly Musonda making the trip as well, but he's joined the U21 squad at their preseason camp in Austria instead. Other notable absentees include Patrick Bamford, Jeremie Boga, Oriol Romeu, Nathan Aké, and Kenneth Omeruo, all of whom probably will be heading out on loan soon, Lucas Piazon, who's currently engaged with Brazil U22 at the Pan American Games, and Marko Marin, who's apparently training at Cobham, presumably wrapped in bubble wrap. Mohamed Salah is not on the official list either, despite his agent claiming that the in-demand winger would start preseason with the Blues.
Four more players are expected to join up with the squad only next week, as Willian, Filipe Luís, Falcao, and Juan Cuadrado received extended post-Copa America vacations. Meanwhile, new kid Kenedy is Instagraming it up with Oscar & Co, but was not listed by Chelsea as officially part of the travelling squad.
In related news, our former goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini will serve as a club ambassador during the tour. He's apparently living in Los Angeles nowadays, like all beautiful people tend to do.
The Blues' first preseason match will be against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, July 22nd, 8pm local time (1am BST).