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USA great Wynalda: America can embrace European champions Chelsea

Eric Wynalda is excited about seeing Chelsea play in the USA this summer as the Blues get set for their pre-season tour.

The European champions travel Stateside later in July with matches against Seattle Sounders (CenturyLink Field, Seattle July 18), French giants Paris Saint-Germain (Yankee Stadium, New York July 22), the MLS All-Stars (PPL Park, Philadelphia July 25) and Italian powerhouse AC Milan (Sun Life Stadium, Miami July 28) all scheduled.

Wynalda, who was a star with the US national team throughout the 1990s, now works as a commentator for Fox Soccer and is looking forward to having the West London club plying their trade on US shores in a few weeks' time.

"It's a great opportunity for this country to embrace the European champions," he told Chelsea's official website.

"So many people in the United States get up early to watch games and live every single moment of the Premier League. When Chelsea come over there really are a lot of people looking forward to seeing them live, and not have to get up so early in the morning, it's a great opportunity for the fans.

"They'll be watching these guys in front of them, and it will be a great summer.

"I remember as a youngster I had the opportunity to play against the likes of Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Juventus, against some great players, and it opens your eyes, not just to their abilities but you get to see what football looks like at the pinnacle.

"Not just the money, but the prestige of what it is like to play for a huge football club, and it will instil that dream in our young players when Chelsea come across."

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Andrew Slevison
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