Chelsea continue their preseason tour of the United States with an east coast visit to brand new MLS club Charlotte FC on Wednesday at Bank of America Stadium.
Charlotte is in its first season of existence, the latest MLS expansion side in the league, and it has already seen one coach fired through the first months of play. But they have surprised thus far, sitting just outside the playoff positions in the Eastern Conference more than halfway through the campaign.
Chelsea, meanwhile, topped Club America 2-1 in the preseason opener on Saturday, needing goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount to overcome a Reece James own goal. All the scoring came in the second half after head coach Thomas Tuchel made 11 changes at the break.
The Chelsea squad is very much in flux, with new signings Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly over the line but more reinforcements on the way, likely on the…