PISCATAWAY, NJ – Chelsea FC – the reigning English Premiership champions – recently finished its 10-day stop in the United States and trained exclusively at Rutgers’ Yurcak Field.
Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho
Chelsea was in the US to participate in a three-game American tour, which included two games against AC Milan and one against DC United. Chelsea finished 2-0-1 on the trip, earning a 1-0 victory against AC Milan on July 25 and a 2-1 decision over DC United on July 29 before finishing the trip with a 1-1 tie against AC Milan at Giants Stadium last Sunday. Against DC United, Chelsea faced RU alum Josh Gros, who is in his second year with the team and has started all 18 games this season.
Head coach Jose Mourinho held the squad’s first training session at Yurcak Field on July 21 and continued through Friday, July 29. Over the span of its time at Rutgers, Chelsea used the weight room and training room in the Hale Center, along with the Scarlet Knights’ locker room for pre-practice preparation and meetings.
“From the grounds crew to the medical staff, everything is done in a first class manner here,” said Mourinho. “The facilities are second to none, and we're happy we could train here on our American tour. Coach Reasso was very gracious and our players enjoyed their time here. Overall, it was an extremely positive experience.”
“Right now, Chelsea is arguably the most glamorous club in the world,” said head coach Bob Reasso. “Jose and his staff are very organized and extremely motivated men. They ran great training sessions and their players train like the champions they are. Jose is a very intelligent man who is willing to share his ideas about the game and I had the opportunity to watch him work and to learn from him. It was a brilliant experience for my players too; they were able to walk into our stadium and see how top professionals work and train.”
Chelsea is the latest in a growing list of prominent international clubs that have chosen Rutgers as their American training site. Over the past three summers, Manchester United, Juventus, AC Milan, AS Roma and Glasgow Celtic have all utilized Rutgers’ facilities when competing in the United States.