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Beckham may face Chelsea on debut

becks.jpgDavid Beckham is likely to face some of his ex- England colleagues early in his new career in USA after Chelsea announced their participation in a pre-season tournament involving his new club Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham will leave his current spanish side Real Madrid for the USA this summer and one of the first teams he might face is Chelsea.

Chelsea will play LA Galaxy on July 21 as part of a four-team tournament which also includes Korean side Suwon Bluewings (owned by Chelsea’s shirt sponsors Samsung) and Tigres from Mexico.

‘We are very happy that we are going back to the USA for pre-season and we have done it every year since my arrival,’ said Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho. ‘The facilities are very good and the people very well organised, giving us the best conditions to prepare for this important work. ‘In previous seasons we have always won a trophy and although I am not a superstitious person this has something to do with the good preparation. ‘This season will be a little bit more special because we have a tournament with teams that we have a special relationship with, the Samsung Bluewings for obvious reasons and also LA Galaxy and the fact that David Beckham is there brings something extra to the tournament and to the game. ‘This gives me the chance to wish him big success in the US. He will be very important for US soccer and for the relationship between US soccer and European soccer. ‘We look forward to coming for the tournament and I know already that my players will enjoy again pre-season in the US and they are happy with our decision to go back.’

The competition has been named ‘The World Series of Soccer’, and it is the first venture in the strategic alliance between Chelsea and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) – owners of LA Galaxy.

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