MetroStars announce exclusive ticket purchase window for Chelsea FC vs. AC Milan match at Giants Stadium

SECAUCUS, N.J. - The MetroStars announced today that MetroStars full or half season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the July 31 Chelsea F.C.-A.C. Milan match at Giants Stadium in a private window starting Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. and ending on Friday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will not be available to the general public during this window.

A.C. Milan and Chelsea F.C. will travel to the United States to play in the 2005 World Series of Football in late July. In the World Series of Football tour, there will be four matches played. Chelsea F.C. and A.C. Milan will play each other twice on July 24 and July 31. A.C. Milan will play three-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Chicago Fire on Wednesday, July 27 and Chelsea F.C. will face reigning MLS Cup Champion D.C. United on Thursday, July 28. The 2005 World Series of Football culminates on July 31 when Chelsea F.C. battles A.C. Milan at Giants Stadium. Please note that the kickoff time of the July 31 match will be determined at a later date.

Fans purchasing the MetroStars special "World Series of Football Pick 'Em Pack" will also be able to buy tickets during this exclusive window from June 21 until June 24. The World Series of Football Pick 'Em Pack includes one ticket to the Chelsea F.C.-A.C. Milan match as well as one Platinum level ticket to a remaining MetroStars home game of your choice.

The prices of individual Chelsea F.C.-A.C. Milan tickets are the following:

$80 - Platinum

$65 - Gold

$50 - Silver

$40 - Bronze and Upper Tier

The prices of individual World Series of Football Pick 'Em Pack tickets are the following:

$110 - Platinum Chelsea F.C. -A.C. Milan + Platinum MetroStars home game of your choice

$95 - Gold Chelsea F.C.-A.C. Milan + Platinum MetroStars home game of your choice

$80 - Silver Chelsea F.C.-A.C. Milan + Platinum MetroStars home game of your choice

$70 - Bronze/Upper Tier Chelsea F.C.-A.C. Milan + Platinum MetroStars home game of your choice

Remaining MetroStars home games at Giants Stadium:

Saturday, July 9 vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 16 vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27 vs. F.C. Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 14 vs. Columbus Crew, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 vs. Chivas USA, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 3 vs. Kansas City Wizards, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 17 vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

In anticipation of their celebration of their 100th year, Chelsea F.C. won the 2005 English Premiership with 95 points on the campaign, posting a record of 28 wins, eight ties and only one loss during the regular season. The 2005 crown was Chelsea's first League title in 50 years, having last claimed the honors in 1955. Among the club's international stars are English national team regulars Joe Cole (M), John Terry (D), and Frank Lampard (M), Ireland's Damien Duff (M), Arjen Robben (F) of Holland, Iceland's Eidur Gudjohnsen (F), France's Claude Makelele (M) and Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (F). Chelsea is owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich and is led by manager Jose Mourinho, who managed FC Porto to the Champion's League title prior to joining the English club in June of 2004.

A six-time European Champion, A.C. Milan is owned by Fininvest, the holding company of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and managed by Carlo Ancelotti. In 106 years of existence, the storied franchise has won 17 Serie A titles, most recently winning the 2004 League title. The Italian superpower finished second in the 2005 Champion's League, falling to Liverpool in penalty kicks after tying 3-3 during regulation this past May. Milan also has a star-studded international lineup featuring Italian national team standouts Paolo Maldini (D), Alessandero Nesta (D), Alessandro Costacurta (D), Filippo Inzaghi (F), and Andrea Pirlo (M), Brazil's Dida (GK), Kaká (F), and Cafu (D), Holland's Jaap Stam (D) and Clarence Seedorf (M), and the current holder of the Golden Ball as the 2004 European Most Valuable Player, Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko.


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