The champs are here.
While the bulk of the MLS All-Star squad arrived in Philly on Sunday, Monday was the day for Chelsea Football Club to begin preparations for Wednesday's match. We spent some time with the reigning Champions League winners, fun pictures below.
If Florent Malouda wasn't going to get enough attention stepping into the lobby, his socks certainly made sure he drew a crowd. Probably didn't matter either way, as there were plenty of waiting fans who were surely tipped off on where Florent and his teammates were posted up.
Following an afternoon of R&R, the time had come for Chelsea to finally get down to business in Philadelphia. The All-Stars trained Monday morning at NovaCare in serious heat and humidity, but Roberto Di Matteo's troops were afforded what was surely some much-appreciated relief from the sun for their evening training.
Cloud cover and a light drizzle persisted throughout, prompting a fair few jokes about London/Seattle from players and staff alike. Still, despite the rain, sporting director Michael Emenalo was kind enough to take a large chunk of time speaking both about Chelsea as well as his time in MLS.
Fun fact: Emenalo was on the field when this happened, all the way back in the beginning.