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Arsenal, Chelsea set for U.S. tour to face NWSL duo – sources

Women’s Super League duo Arsenal and Chelsea are set for preseason tours of the United States this summer, including facing each other in a friendly in Washington, D.C., sources told ESPN.

Set for August, Arsenal will face NWSL side Washington Spirit while Chelsea will play NJ/NY Gotham FC at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. This will be the first time two WSL sides face off against NWSL teams. The two WSL sides are also poised for a friendly on Aug. 19 in Washington, sources added.

Women’s Super League duo Arsenal and Chelsea are set for preseason tours of the United States this summer, including facing each other in a friendly in Washington, D.C., sources told ESPN.

Set for August, Arsenal will face NWSL side Washington Spirit while Chelsea will play NJ/NY Gotham FC at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. This will be the first time two WSL sides face off against NWSL teams. The two WSL sides are also poised for a friendly on Aug. 19 in Washington, sources added.

 

It could also be the first time Chelsea play under new manager Sonia Bompastor. Sources told ESPN that the Lyon manager is set to take over for Emma Hayes next season, with Hayes becoming the new head coach of the United States women’s team after 12 years with Chelsea.

The Washington Spirit are also due a management change, with Jonatan Giráldez to become their new coach once his tenure with Barcelona ends next month. Bompastor and Giráldez will face off next week in the Champions League final.

Arsenal are also heading to Melbourne, Australia, for a fixture against the Australia A-League All Stars on May 27. However, the side will be without WSL top scorer Vivianne Miedema come the summer as the club decided not to renew her contract. Sources told ESPN that Miedema is in line for a move to WSL rivals Manchester City.

Arsenal will play in Champions League qualifying in early September, while Chelsea have automatically qualified for the group stage.

This season, Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the league 4-1 before the West London club dominated 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

Washington Spirit are fourth in the NWSL standings while Gotham are seventh.

ESPN’s Emily Keogh, Jeff Kassouf and Tom Hamilton contributed to this report.

England manager Gareth Southgate named his provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2024 with call-ups for Eberechi Eze, Marc Guehi and Kobbie Mainoo, but there was no place for Marcus Rashford or Jordan Henderson.

Southgate included five uncapped players in total — Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah, Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, Crystal Palace midfielder Adam Wharton and Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford — as part of an expanded group strong in attacking talent.

Cole Palmer, Anthony Gordon and Ollie Watkins were rewarded for fine seasons with Chelsea, Newcastle and Aston Villa, respectively, while Brentford forward Ivan Toney was also included despite returning in January from an eight-month suspension for breaching Football Association betting rules.

Jack Grealish was selected despite starting just 10 league games in Manchester City’s title-winning campaign, while Mainoo’s dramatic elevation continues having only made his full league debut for Manchester United against Everton in November.

Mainoo’s United teammate Luke Shaw has been included despite being sidelined since February with a muscle injury.

UEFA’s deadline for final squad submissions is midnight on June 7, when Southgate will have to select 26 players from Thursday’s list to take to Germany.

The expanded number Southgate announced at St. George’s Park on Thursday is indicative of a variety of fitness concerns which the 53-year-old admitted was unprecedented during his eight years as England boss

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