Welcome back to football. Chelsea football! Not quite proper football, but football nonetheless. It's just the first preseason match for Chelsea and the Red Bulls played a competitive match just 24 hours ago, but it's football nonetheless. For a start, it'll do.
.@diegocosta with one of Hoboken's finest! #CFCTour pic.twitter.com/WmCxPYbssv— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 22, 2015
After the picture, Diego Costa was fined for smiling too much in public.
New York RB starting eleven:
Kyle Reynish | Roy Miller, Shawn McLaws, Leo Stolz, Marius Obekop, Karl Ouimette, Sean Davis, Konrad Plewa, Crhis Tsonis, Tyler Adams, Dan Bedoya
Substitutes from: Santiago Castano, Williams, Bolu Akinyode, Franklin Castellanos, Victor Manoslavas, Colin Heffron, Mike da Fonte, Jamie Thomas, Dan Metzger
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Thibaut Courtois | Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic | John Obi Mikel, Cesc Fabregas | Bertrand Traore, Oscar, Victor Moses | Loic Remy
Substitutes from: Asmir Begovic, John Terry, Ola Aina, Jake Clarke-Salter, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nemanja Matic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Dominic Solanke
Just as the vast majority of MLS sides have done throughout the International Champions Cup so far, the Red Bulls will play several players form the reserve team as well. But because the first team played just yesterday, about half their starting lineup and their entire bench is comprised of Red Bulls II players instead. Should make our "job" easier, one would think, though the USL can be deceptively decent.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have a rather intriguing starting configuration, with golden boy Bertrand Traore and old friend Victor Moses flanking Oscar in attack. Remy gets the start ahead of Costa and the just arrived Falcao.