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Chelsea FC v Charlotte FC - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

UPDATE: Gates have reopened and fans are being let in. New kick-off time is 8:35pm local (EDT), so 65 minutes after originally scheduled time.


UPDATE: Kick-off delayed indefinitely at the moment. Severe weather and lightning has been in the area for about an hour now.

Welcome to preseason match number two. We’re now into the meat of preseason, so we should start seeing a bit more emphasis on more than just fitness, even if that’s still the primary focus.

Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga have stayed in Orlando, at least the former due to injury. Feel free to speculate about the latter.

Mateo Kovačić makes his preseason debut; Sterling on the bench, as is Colwill. No Koulibaly. The named bench may not include everyone, which was the case in Vegas, too. (Preseason, eh?)

Thunderstorms are in the area, which could delay things in an open air stadium. We’ve already had one warning. UPDATE: gates have closed, so they will likely have to delay kick-off to get people in even if the storm passes quickly.

Charlotte FC starting XI:
Kahlina | Lindsey, Corujo, Sobociński, Fuchs (c), Bronico, Bender, Ruiz, Gaines, Świderski, Reyna

Substitutes from: Walkes, Jozwiak, Alcivar, Rios, Makoun, Shinyashiki, Vargas, Hegardt, Jones, Sisniega, Afful, Marks, Mora, Romero, McNeill, Santos

Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Mendy | Emerson, Silva, James | Alonso, Kovačić, Jorginho (c), Hudson-Odoi | Pulisic, Batshuayi, Ziyech

Substitutes from: Sharman-Lowe, Chilwell, Ampadu, Chalobah, Colwill, Sarr, Gallagher, Mount, Sterling, Havertz

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 7:30pm EDT; 12:30am BST (next day); 5am IST (next day) 8:35pm EDT; 1:35am BST (next day); 6:35am IST (next day)
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC, USA

On TV: none (USA); none (UK); Sony TEN 2 (India); SuperSport Football Plus (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: ESPN+ (USA); Chelsea TV (UK); Sony LIV (India); DStv Now (NGA)


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