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Chelsea vs. Wrexham: A transatlantic pre-season showdown in North Carolina

North Carolina to host Chelsea-Wrexham pre-season clash

Chelsea will face in a pre-season match at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, during a segment of their summer tour across the United States.

The match takes place on Wednesday, July 19, at the spacious Kenan Stadium, accommodating up to 50,000 spectators and situated on the University of North Carolina grounds.

After this clash, the West London team will join the “Premier League Summer Series” alongside six other teams, starting their campaign against Brighton and Hove Albion on July 22.

“To have the opportunity to play a team of Chelsea's calibre at the Kenan Stadium, North Carolina, will be a terrific test for our players and form an important part of our preparations for the 2023-24 season,” said Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson, who's team is on the brink of promotion to the English Football League.

“We're looking forward to meeting some of the fans who have supported us so passionately from afar this season at a renowned athletics stadium.”

The match is part of a pre-season friendly tour that also sees the Red Dragons face off against the Red Devils on July 25 in San Diego.

Meanwhile, Wrexham's Hollywood star owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will stay in North Carolina to feature in the 7-v-7 competition called The Soccer Tournament. Yes, that's the official name.

The inaugural event in Cary, North Carolina, will welcome 32 teams from June 1-4. Should Wrexham emerge victorious in the competition, they have committed to contribute 50% of the $1 million prize money to benefit the local community.

Photo: Instagram/Wrexham_afc, Chelsea

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