Yankees congratulate Chelsea on UEFA Champions League victory

The New York Yankees congratulate Chelsea on their penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich earlier today, which secured Chelsea’s first-ever UEFA Champions League title. The teams finished tied, 1-1, after regular time and extra time, before Chelsea won the penalty shootout, 4-3, in Bayern’s home stadium.

“Chelsea showed their resilience yet again with their thrilling win today,” said Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost. “They fully deserve to be the champions of Europe, and we could not be more excited to have them as a participant in the first ever soccer game at the current Yankee Stadium this summer.”

Chelsea of the English Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Ligue 1 will meet on Sunday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m., in the first-ever soccer match at the current Yankee Stadium.

Tickets for the match are currently on sale at www.yankees.com/soccer. Additional news related to the game is available by following @yankeesevents on Twitter.

Chelsea, whose squad features national team players from 11 different countries, won England’s FA Cup earlier this season and also defeated the defending European club champions, Barcelona, to earn the right to play in this year’s UEFA Champions League final. In addition to their Champions League win this season, the London-based team has won four domestic league titles (1954-55, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10), seven FA Cups (1970, ‘97, 2000, ‘07, ‘09, ’10, ‘12), and has finished either first or second in England’s Premier League in seven of the eight seasons prior to this year.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was founded in 1970 and represents France’s capital city. The club is a two-time winner of the Ligue 1 title (1985-86 and 1993-94), an eight-time winner of the French Cup (1982, ’83, ’93, ’95, ’98, 2004, ’06, ’10) and a two-time winner of France’s Champions Trophy.

The current Yankee Stadium will carry on the great soccer tradition of the original Yankee Stadium, which hosted some of the most famous teams in world soccer, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica, Sparta Prague and Panathinaikos, along with the national teams of England, Israel, Italy and the United States. Pele, who many consider the greatest player of all time, called Yankee Stadium home in 1976, when he played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. The upcoming match will mark the first time that a French club will play in the home of the Yankees.

The match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain is part of the World Football Challenge, which is taking place throughout North America from July 18 through August 11.