Raheem Sterling first Chelsea debut against Charlotte in United States
Raheem Sterling makes his first Chelsea appearance earlier today as they take on Charlotte FC in United state as their second friendly match for the preseason
Raheem Sterling’s Chelsea debut against Charlotte FC by the numbers! ⚽️
◉ 45 Minutes Played
◉ 80% Pass Completion (8/10)
◉ 85% Dribble Success (6/7)
◉ 1 Cross into the box
◉ 1 Shot
◉ 1 Shots on Target
◉ 4 Fouls Drawn
Chelsea’s marquee signing of the summer was introduced at the break and almost instantly snuck in at the back post to finish a Gallagher cross. Unfortunately, the covering Charlotte defender cleared. There were a couple of promising surges forward with the ball from Sterling as Chelsea countered and he was denied late on by a good save from Pablo Sisniega.
The second-half saw a wholesale of changes for both teams which finally saw the first glimpse of Sterling in Chelsea colours.
The 27-year-old impressed with many exciting runs and forward play which showed Chelsea fans what they can expect next season.
Chelsea where competiting in their second game of thier USA Tour, following a 2-1 victory over Mexican side Club America.
American captain Pulisic scored after the half-hour mark as he delicately clipped the ball over Charlotte goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina, after a shot from Michy Batshuayi deflected into his path.
Raheem Sterling was direct with his running and movement in attack. Will be disappointed not to have opened his Chelsea account after a good chance. Dispatched a fine penalty in the shoot-out.
This has now make the battle for the golden boot in premier League to be more difficult as Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Sallah and other premier League forward received the signal no to write off the new Chelsea signing
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.