English powerhouse Chelsea will finish up their preseason tour on Saturday against Serie A club AS Roma in Washington, D.C.
Both clubs have major followings around the world and are expected to put on a show for some of their American supporters this weekend. Chelsea is just days removed from participation in the International Champions Cup, where they finished as runners-up to champion Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Roma is coming off back-to-back routs of Toronto FC and the MLS All-Stars.
Here we'll get you set for Saturday's friendly matchup between Chelsea and Roma.
Where: RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
When: Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET (Aug. 11 at 1 a.m. BST)
Live Stream: Chelsea TV (paid subscription required)
Chelsea Player to Watch: Andre Schurrle
German winger Andre Schurrle is one of Chelsea's biggest summer signings thus far and recently delivered for the club in their 2-0 win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup semifinals last week, scoring in injury time to put the match on ice.
The 22-year-old was a stud for Bayer Leverkusen last season, scoring 11 goals in 34 Bundesliga matches.
Jose Mourinho hopes Schurrle can help provide the Blues with a massive lift offensively this season. And given how he's looked in past outings this summer, it's safe to say he'll be a major factor at Stamford Bridge this year.
But first things first; he'll need to be in solid form against Roma on Saturday night.
Roma Player to Watch: Kevin Strootman
Like Schurrle, Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman is another emerging young talent trying to forge a path with a new club this summer.
The 23-year-old starred for PSV Eindhoven the past two seasons, scoring 13 goals for the Eredivisie club and catching the attention of clubs like Roma thanks to his supreme playmaking abilities.
Strootman scored less than four minutes into Roma's recent matchup with the MLS All-Stars last month. He would go on to record an assist in the 3-1 victory, showing off his versatility and why Roma made such a push to acquire him last month.
Chelsea were exposed in their most recent matchup with Real Madrid on Wednesday, but Roma is no Real Madrid, and La Maggica don't possess a single player quite as gifted as Cristiano Ronaldo, who shredded the Blues defense for two goals on seven shots.
The Blues appear to have the better squad heading into this meeting, but with very little to play for, you never know for sure the level of intensity each side will play with.
Consequently, friendly matchups in August tend to be quite unpredictable.
That said, I'll go with the better club. Look for Chelsea to pick up where they left off against AC Milan last weekend, bouncing back with a friendly victory to close out the preseason and carry some momentum into the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, which begins a week from Saturday.
Chelsea 2, Roma 1
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