FT: Charlotte FC 1-1 (5-3 Pens) Chelsea: Watch and download full match highlights, goals and Penalty as Raheem Sterling Makes First Appearance In Penalty Shoot-Out Defeat
Christian Pulisic’s opener against Charlotte FC was cancelled out late on by a Daniel Rios penalty as the MLS side won the match after a penalty shoot-out in North Carolina.
Conor Gallagher missed the only spot kick to see Charlotte FC claim a 5-3 win in the shoot-out.
A severe weather warning saw the game kick-off an hour and five minutes later than originally planned, with both sides given the all clear to return to the pitch once thunder and lightning had come to a halt.
The Blues opted for near to two different sides, with Edouard Mendy the only player to play the whole match.
Chelsea play their second preseason friendly match against Charlotte after a 2-1 win against Club America on Sunday
Chelsea are beaten on penalties by Charlotte after the MLS side made it 1-1 from the spot with Raheem Sterling making his debut and Christian Pulisic on target
The two new Chelsea player have joined the squad and Raheem Sterling make his first debut for Chelsea today in the United States
Chelsea lost all of that rhythm in the second half, and made much more heavy weather of the opposition.
Eventually we did put a couple flowing moves together in the final quarter of the game, but were unable to make them count. Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling drew one excellent save each, but it was pretty toothless otherwise in the second 45.
And then Charlotte won a penalty in the last seconds of the game for a share of the “spoils”.
And then it still wasn’t over. Confusion reigned but eventually there was a penalty shootout, just like the last time we played a preseason game here.
The Blues opened their preparations for the 2022-23 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Club America on Saturday, while Charlotte suffered a 3-2 loss to Inter Miami in MLS last time out.