Chelsea will play AC Milan in a July 28 friendly at FedEx Field — a return to the area for each of the European soccer titans.
The English Premier League club announced the match on its Web site Monday. Ticket information isn’t available yet.
Chelsea, which is fifth in the EPL, visited Landover in 2005 for a friendly against D.C. United, witnessed by 31,473. The Blues returned four years later to play AC Milan in front of 71,203 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Italian team, which holds a four-point lead over Juventus in Serie A, has appeared at RFK Stadium twice: against FC Barcelona (45,864) in 2003 and D.C. United (30,367) in ’10.
In recent years, the Washington Redskins, who own FedEx Field, have aggressively pursued high-profile clubs to fill summer dates before the NFL season commences. Last summer, with 81,807 watching, Manchester United defeated FC Barcelona in a rematch of the UEFA Champions League final.
Meantime, in other friendly news.....
*Local promoter Elias Polio told the Insider he has signed a contract for El Salvador to play Honduras on June 2 at 4:15 p.m. at RFK. The sides are preparing for World Cup qualifiers June 8 and 12.
*D.C. United continues to seek at least one international friendly this summer.
*Ticket sales for the U.S. national team friendlies against Scotland in Jacksonville on May 26 and Brazil four days later at FedEx Field are at 19,000 and 30,000 respectively, according to the USSF.
*Tottenham Hotspur announced friendlies against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Home Depot Center on July 24 and the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on July 31. Spurs is also waiting on an opponent, possibly Liverpool, for a proposed July 28 match in Baltimore.