Wrexham will face Chelsea in the US preseason

Wrexham and Chelsea have both announced they will play a preseason friendly in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this summer.

Wrexham, owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, will face the Premier League giants at the Kenan Stadium in North Carolina on July 19.

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Both clubs will meet for the first time on a neutral ground.

“Our tour of the USA will be an exciting part of the new summer season and we will all be looking forward to it in July,” Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson said in a statement.

“Having the opportunity to play a team of Chelsea’s caliber at Kenan Stadium in North Carolina will be a great test for our players and an important part of our preparations for the 2023-24 season.

“We look forward to meeting some of the fans who have supported us so passionately this season in a famous athletics stadium.”

Wrexham previously announced that they will face Manchester United in San Diego in another preseason friendly on July 25.

Chelsea business president Tom Glick added: “We’re delighted to be back in North Carolina as part of our US tour this summer, and I’m sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere at Kenan Stadium.

“Our strong US fanbase has been incredibly supportive of us all year and we look forward to meeting them in Chapel Hill.”

Wrexham have enjoyed an impressive campaign so far and are one win away from claiming automatic promotion to the English National League for the first time since 2008.

They can clinch the title in front of their home fans against Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have endured a disappointing season which has seen managers Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter sacked.

After being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday, Chelsea will end their first campaign under the ownership of Todd Boehly’s Clearlake Capital consortium without a trophy.

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