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Arsenal, Chelsea set for USA tour to face NWSL duo – sources

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Girls’s Tremendous League (WSL) duo Arsenal and Chelsea are set for preseason excursions of the USA this summer season, together with dealing with one another in a pleasant in Washington, D.C., sources advised ESPN.

Set for August, Arsenal will face NWSL facet Washington Spirit whereas Chelsea will play NJ/NY Gotham FC at Crimson Bull Enviornment in New Jersey. This would be the first time two WSL sides face off towards Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League (NWSL) groups. The 2 WSL sides are additionally poised for a pleasant on Aug. 19 in D.C., sources added.

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It is usually the primary time two WSL groups may have such high-profile preseason excursions. In January, Chelsea hosted a heat climate coaching camp in Morocco whereas Arsenal hosted theirs in Portugal. Final summer season, Arsenal hosted a preseason camp at Adidas’ headquarters in Germany.

Will probably be a conflict of champions for Chelsea dealing with 2023 NWSL winners Gotham, after Chelsea lifted the Girls’s Tremendous League title on Saturday for a fifth consecutive time (seventh total).

It may be the primary time Chelsea play beneath new supervisor Sonia Bompastor. Sources have advised ESPN that the Lyon supervisor is about to take over from Emma Hayes subsequent season, with Hayes turning into the brand new head coach of the United States girls’s group after 12 years with Chelsea.

Washington Spirit are additionally due a administration change, with Jonatan Giráldez to change into their new coach as soon as his tenue with Barcelona ends subsequent month. Bompastor and Giráldez will face off subsequent week within the Champions League remaining.

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Arsenal are additionally heading to Melbourne, Australia, for a fixture towards the Australia A-League All Stars on Might 27, nevertheless the facet might be with out WSL prime scorer Vivianne Miedema come the summer season because the membership determined to not renew her contract. Sources have advised ESPN that Miedema is inline for a transfer to WSL rivals Manchester Metropolis.

Arsenal will play in Champions League qualifying in early September, whereas Chelsea have robotically certified for the group stage.

This season, Arsenal defeated Chelsea within the league 4-1 earlier than the west London membership dominated 3-1 within the reverse fixture.

Washington Spirit are at the moment fourth within the NWSL standings whereas Gotham path in seventh.

ESPN’s Emily Keogh, Jeff Kassouf and Tom Hamilton contributed to this report.

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