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The Ice Bucket Challenge that has helped bring awareness to the debilitating disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) reached the Yankees Wednesday as manager Joe Girardi took part and then offered challenges to the four newest members of Monument Park — Joe Torre, Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill. Torre already participated earlier this month alongside commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.
In connection with Girardi’s participation, the Yankees pledged $100,000 to the ALS Association (www.alsa.org). The donation is made in recognition of those who bravely live with ALS, those who have died from the condition and those around the world who have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to raise awareness and funding to find a cure.
Girardi, whose uncle died of the disease in April, told reporters in Detroit after Yanks publicist Jason Zillo dumped over an ice bucket on him, “I think this is a really good thing. It started here, and it’s bringing a lot of attention to ALS. It’s a horrific disease, what it does to people. And it’s not just older, it’s young people that it happens to. Hopefully all these things people are doing to raise money help find a cure.”
Video of Girardi’s participation may be found at http://www.yankees.com, on the Yankees’ official Twitter account (@yankees) and on the Yankees’ official Facebook page (facebook.com/yankees).
“The Yankees organization has been inspired by the public’s embrace of the Ice Bucket Challenge as a creative way to support ALS charities,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “We make this donation in the memory of everyone who has been touched by ALS and those who have tried to make a difference in finding a cure.”
The Yankees have had a long-standing relationship with the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter (www.als-ny.org), providing financial contributions and other resources to the organization.
ALS is most closely associated with former Yankees first baseman and captain Lou Gehrig, who passed away from its effects June 2, 1941 at the age of 37. Former Yankees pitcher and fellow Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter also died from ALS in 1999 at the age of 53.
Known as “The Iron Horse,” Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games before taking himself out of the Yankees’ lineup prior to the team’s May 2, 1939 game at Detroit where the Yankees are now involved in a series against the Tigers. He never played in a major-league game again.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, which was held July 4, 1939, at Yankee Stadium between games of a doubleheader against the old Washington Senators. After receiving kind words from New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, U.S. Postmaster General James A. Farley, Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and former teammate Babe Ruth, Gehrig stepped to the microphone to make his famous speech which began, “For the past two weeks, you’ve been reading about a bad break. Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”
The New York Yankees Foundation will hold the fourth annual New York Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament by Herrick Feinstein, LLP Tuesday at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J.
Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer Center, the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and Tic Toc Stop. More than 500 individuals have participated in the tournament the past three years that has raised in excess of $200,000 for charity.
Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start for the scramble-format tournament. A cocktail reception, dinner and an awards presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. For more information, fans can call (646) 977-8902.
This year’s tournament includes various well-known guests, including Yankees alumni Mickey Rivers, Cecil Fielder and Mike Torrez plus Yanks chief operating officer Lonn Trost and general manager Brian Cashman as well as former and current players from local New York-area pro sports teams. Among the players will be former Giants players Ottis Anderson, Stephen Baker, Mark Bavaro, David Diehl, Jeff Feagles and Brian Kelley; Notre Dame football announcer Don Criqui; Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood; Princeton basketball coach Mitch Henderson; Matt Martin of the Islanders; former Syracuse player Don McPherson and WFAN Radio “Boomer & Carton Show” co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. The “Benigno and Roberts Show” on WFAN-AM 660/-FM 101.9 will also be broadcast live from the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place this year Saturday, Dec. 27, at Yankee Stadium between teams from Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference.
Mariano Rivera was back at Yankee Stadium this week, but instead of appearing in the capacity of closer he was more of a starter. Rivera was introduced Monday as the first season-ticket holder of the Major League Soccer expansion team, NYCFC, which will play its first season of 2015 at the Stadium.
The franchise, which was created in a partnership between the Yankees and Manchester City of England’s Premier League, hopes to build a soccer-only facility in New York City eventually, but for the time being its 17-game home schedule will be in the Bronx.
“I’m proud to be the first one,” Rivera told a press conference gathering at the Stadium. “I’m used to being the closer, always the last one. I’m a starter now, so I’m happy to be No. 1 and a big supporter of the team.”
Manchester City and Liverpool will oppose each other at the Stadium in July, one of several matches that have been played at the Stadium in recent years. The Stadium has also been the site of the popular New Era Pinstripe Bowl as well as other college football games, National Hockey League matches featuring the Rangers, Islanders and Devils and musical concerts.
“I’ve always said that Yankee Stadium is the greatest place in the world,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “Every athlete, every performer wants to play here. When we entered into the partnership with Manchester City, we said we were all in. And we are all in. To develop this franchise with this kind of management team, with all of us working together – these two great organizations – it’s going to be a championship franchise.”
The soccer field at the Stadium will run horizontally. The mound will have to be stripped each time NYCFC has a home game. The mound area will be just off the sideline, two feet and 10 inches off the field, and the closest corner will have eight feet and nine inches of clearance from the wall. The grounds crew will have to lay the field and strip it in time to re-lay the baseball diamond. Levine said the team has done its due diligence and believes the schedule won’t be a problem, and he’s excited about the prospect of top-class soccer.
Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said the mound will be lifted up and stored each time the field is restructured and added that it is possible to use special lights to grow grass at night in order to ease the field rehabilitation process.
Capacity for baseball at the Stadium is 49,642 but is expected to be 33,444 for soccer because the grandstand and terraces will be closed off for most MSL home games.
“The field conversion takes about three days,” Trost said. “Could we do it in two and a half? Yeah, if we work around the clock. Taking the field and putting it back for baseball? Same thing. Three days, but we can push it in two and a half. We’re analyzing that when it comes to the schedule.”
Claudio Reyna, a native of Livingston, N.J., and the NYCFC’s director of football operations, said, “Growing up locally in New Jersey, I certainly never would’ve imagined that a professional
soccer team would be calling Yankee Stadium its home. Yankee Stadium has always felt like an institution to me. I can’t think of a more iconic place or venue for us to play our home games.”
“I’m thinking today I live a pretty charmed life,” said head coach Jason Kreis, the 1999 MSL Most Valuable Player who in his first stint as a coach led Real Salt Lake to the 2009 title. “I work for two of the greatest sports franchises in the world, and then I find out I get to coach soccer next year in one of the all-time greatest stadiums in the world. And I’ll be doing all this in the greatest city in the world. I’m extremely excited about the opportunity and very much looking forward to being out there on the sidelines next year.”
“It’s been no secret to anybody that our plans all along were to be in a first home while we pursued a deal to do a soccer-specific stadium in the five boroughs,” said Tim Pernetti, the former Rutgers athletic director and now the chief business officer for NYCFC. “We are continuing to do that. We’re conducting the same thorough search looking at sites and developing that plan. Our goal is to be in a soccer-specific building as soon as possible. At the same time, we’re not going to create artificial deadlines based on pressure that comes from different directions. We’re only going to get one shot to do that, so I think we’re going to take the time necessary to get it done.”
MLS will expand by two teams next season with New York and Orlando and will add Atlanta in 2017 and possibly Miami that year or the next.
“As you look at the league, it’s a great testament that this sport is continuing to grow dramatically all over the world,” Pernetti said. “The fact that there is an appetite from some of the most successful people in professional sports in the United States to continue its growth speaks volumes about where the league is headed. We’re taking our role in this thing very seriously. We’re going to create a great experience for our fans, create a great product on the field.”
Fans holding tickets for Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night Sept. 24 may redeem their tickets for complimentary tickets to any regular season game at Yankee Stadium during the 2014 season, excluding Opening Day and Old-Timers’ Day, subject to availability.
Season ticket holders, group leaders and individual-game suite licensees who no longer possess their physical tickets from Tuesday night’s game should contact their Yankees ticket representative for assistance. Fans who purchased their tickets for Tuesday night’s game through the Yankees ticket office or yankees.com and who no longer possess their physical tickets should e-mail email@example.com.
Please note that the Yankees can only accept tickets with valid bar codes for the Sept. 24, 2013 game.
Fans may redeem their tickets at Yankee Stadium advance ticket windows beginning when 2014 individual-game tickets go on sale to the general public through May 31, 2014. Fans will be able to redeem their Sept. 24, 2013, tickets for select Field Level, Main Level, Terrace Level and Grandstand Level seats.
“The strength of this organization comes from the lifelong relationships we have developed with our fans,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “Although a perfect storm of circumstances beyond our control led to the delay in the distribution of last night’s promotional item, the fact remains that our fans were inconvenienced. It matters little why – only that they were. We take last night’s event seriously, and to apologize to our fans and express our loyalty to them we are inviting all ticket holders from last night’s game back to Yankee Stadium for a complimentary game during the 2014 regular season.”
For complete information about the Yankees’ redemption policy with respect to the Sept. 24 game, please visit http://www.yankees.com.
Fans who did not redeem their bobblehead vouchers before leaving the Stadium Tuesday night may redeem them at either of the Yankees’ two remaining home games Wednesday and Thursday nights provided they have valid tickets for these games. Voucher redemption will take place inside Gate 2 through the end of each game.
Fans who are not attending either of the Yankees’ two remaining home games should mail their vouchers and their mailing address to: Fan Services, Yankee Stadium, One E. 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451. Yankees Fan Services will mail them one bobblehead per original voucher received. Lost or misplaced vouchers as well as copies of original vouchers will not be honored.
Are you ready for hockey at Yankee Stadium? It will be Hockey Week in the Bronx come next January.
Two outdoor regular-season National Hockey League games will be played at the Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. And these are not just any two games. The first game will be Sunday, Jan. 26, between the Rangers and the Devils. The second game will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, between the Rangers and the Islanders.
The two games at Yankee Stadium complete the four-game 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series scheduled for next season. The Anaheim Ducks will play the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and the Chicago Blackhawks will play the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field in Chicago.
“The innovative nature of the Stadium Series affords the opportunity to have all three NHL teams in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area play, outdoors, at one of the most-celebrated stadiums in the world,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We’ll be able to create a multi-faceted, multi-day experience for our fans, and we thank the teams, Coors Light, the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium for their support of this memorable NHL event.”
In just five years of its existence, the Stadium already has provided the setting for some of the country’s most popular events as the baseball diamond has been transformed to be the site of games between several of college football’s finest programs – including the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl – concerts by Grammy Award-winning acts, top-tier soccer talent from around the world and a super welterweight title boxing match. The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will be the first time the Stadium has been used for hockey.
“We have long thought that Yankee Stadium would be a great venue for outdoor hockey,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “In addition to being a first-class baseball facility, Yankee Stadium was designed to house unique and memorable events, such as the NHL Stadium Series. Hosting two of the NHL’s classic rivalries at Yankee Stadium will be a great kickoff for the worldwide sporting events in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area scheduled in early 2014.”
“The New Jersey Devils are proud to have been selected to host the first of two games at Yankee Stadium,” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “The NHL Stadium Series will be a memorable experience for our organization, our players and, most importantly, our fans. We are thrilled to play our divisional rival, while adding to the legacy of one of the nation’s most recognized sports facilities.”
“The New York Islanders are honored to take part in the National Hockey League’s outdoor stadium series,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “Our fan-base is one of the most passionate in the NHL. The support we consistently receive from our fans was on display during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and I expect it to be on an even greater scale when we take on the Rangers. This is what makes the games against the Rangers one of the best rivalries in the league. I look forward to seeing a strong contingent of the orange and blue in the stands at Yankee Stadium.”
“The New York Rangers are honored to participate in these two historic games at Yankee Stadium, bringing hockey into the home of another one of New York’s iconic sports franchises,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “Playing hockey outdoors takes the game back to its roots and reminds us all why we laced up our skates as youngsters. We are excited to be able to bring that experience and thrill to our fans and the city of New York.”
The Rangers, Islanders and Devils have combined to win 11 Stanley Cup championships. They are division foes during the regular season and have also have battled each other in memorable postseasons.
The Rangers and Devils have met six times in the playoffs. Perhaps the most memorable of those series was in 1994 when the clubs faced off in the Eastern Conference Final with the Rangers’ Stephane Matteau winning the deciding Game 7 in double-overtime. The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Vancouver Canucks. The Devils countered 12 months later by winning the first of their three Stanley Cup titles over the following nine seasons.
The Rangers and Islanders have met eight times in the postseason, including four straight years from 1981-84. The Devils and Islanders have met once in the postseason, with New Jersey earning a 4-2 series victory in the 1988 Patrick Division Semifinal.
The Rangers first played the Islanders in a regular-season game Oct. 21, 1972, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island – a 2-1 Rangers victory. The Rangers first faced the Devils in a regular-season game (after the team moved to New Jersey) Oct. 8, 1982, at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. – a 3-2 Devils victory.
Further details on this special NHL event, including national broadcast information and specifics on ticket opportunities for the season-ticket holders of each team, will be released shortly. Fans interested in receiving more information on ticketing, news and special offers around the event should register at http://www.NHL.com/2014NewYork.
The NHL recently announced that the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 1, when the Detroit Red Wings will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. Since the facility holds a capacity of 101,000, it is anticipated that the game will set a world record for attendance at a hockey match.
The first-ever NHL regular-season game contested outdoors was in 2003 between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta. Since then, the NHL has played six additional regular-season games outdoors.
The Yankees were named the 2012 MLB “Club Retailer of the Year” by Major League Baseball Properties for the Club’s commitment to driving merchandise sales. The Yankees and Legends Hospitality, led by Legends general manager of retail Michael Loparo, earned the honor based on significant improvements to the Yankee Stadium clubhouse store as well as consistent product innovation and reinvention.
Since its inception in 2005, the MLB “Club Retailer of the Year” Award has been awarded based on a combination of sales, vendor/customer feedback and creative marketing and merchandising efforts. In 2012, the Yankees focused on advancing the retail experience of their fans and customer base. A New Era Tajima embroidery machine was added to the Great Hall at the Stadium to offer fans a personalized experience, resulting in increased interest in headwear. The team store was completely redesigned, including a restructuring of the floor plan to create a streamlined approach for the customer. The Yankees also worked with MLB to place Astroturf in the store to feature the Authentic Collection On-field Areas.
The Yankees and Legends Hospitality worked with MLB’s design services department to create new graphics for three key locations to add dimension and consistent branding. Other areas of innovation and development were the addition of the MLB and Victoria’s Secret PINK co-branded line and a Yankees Knievel Motorcycle in front of the store.
“The demand among fans for Yankees merchandise and other licensed products is always strong given the iconic nature of the team and their brand, but the Yankees deserve special praise for not resting on their laurels and continuing to innovate and provide creative new ways for fans to express their team pride,” MLB senior vice president for licensing Howard Smith said. “The clubhouse store at Yankee Stadium has evolved considerably just in the four years since the new ballpark opened. Mike Loparo and the Yankees are especially deserving of this honor.”
“This honor is a great compliment to the talented people we have working at Legends Hospitality,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “The Yankees and Legends Hospitality have always tried to provide fans with products that reflect a variety of tastes while remaining respectful of Yankees tradition. We appreciate the recognition and look forward to building on our success by continuing to provide the best possible products and experience at Yankee Stadium.”
“We are extremely honored to be recognized by Major League Baseball,” Legends Hospitality president Dan Smith said. “Mike Loparo and his team work with great passion to develop new and original retail offerings that complement the culture and enthusiasm of the Yankees and their fan base. We are fortunate to be able to work closely with the Yankees in developing these innovations and share their unmatched devotion to delivering an unsurpassed customer service experience for their fans each and every time they come to the ballpark.”
Previous recipients of the award have been the Mariners in 2005, Mets in 2006, Phillies in 2007, Brewers in 2008, Reds in 2010 and Tigers in 2011.
The Yankees have begun collecting donated items from the public at Yankee Stadium for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As items are received, the Yankees will immediately deliver and distribute them on an ongoing basis.
Individuals are encouraged to bring the non-perishable food and household items listed below to Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 entrance at any time through the end of the week. Gate 2, located at 164th Street and Jerome Avenue, will be staffed 24-hours-a-day to receive donations.
“Even though a week has passed, the tragedy of the hurricane endures for many residents of the metropolitan area,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “In addition to the many loved ones who were lost, people have been left without homes, food and the basic necessities. We hope our efforts support and show solidarity with those who are bravely dealing with heartbreaking circumstances.”
Recommended items for donation include:
• baby bottles and formula (powdered or liquid)
• baby clothes and blankets
• baby food (jarred or canned)
• baby powder
• diapers and wipes
• dish soap
• disinfectant wipes and bleach
• heavy duty trash bags
• latex gloves
• laundry detergent
• mops, brooms and shovels
• spray-bottled cleaners
• work gloves
CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD
• blankets and pillows
• coats, sweaters and other warm winter clothing for all ages
• hats, scarves and gloves for all ages
• raincoats and rain ponchos
• work boots and rubberized boots
FOOD (NON-PERISHABLE ONLY)
• bottled water
• boxed/non-refrigerated milk
• canned fruits
• canned tuna fish
• granola bars and energy bars
• instant coffee and tea bags
• instant soups
• packaged snacks or cookies
• peanut butter and jelly
• batteries – especially “D”
• disposable cameras
• face/dust masks
• gas containers (only government-approved “red” containers)
• hand and foot warmers
• masking tape and marking pens
• power strips and extension cords
• feminine hygiene products
• hand sanitizers
• razors and shaving cream
• shampoo and conditioner
• soaps (bar or liquid)
• toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash
• adhesive/non-adhesive bandages, antibacterial ointments, gauze and tape
• acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen
• rubbing alcohol and peroxide
• can openers (manual only)
• disposable dinnerware (cups, plates, and plastic utensils)
• napkins and paper towels
• toilet paper
• dry dog or cat food (no cans)
Those fans with tickets for Saturday’s Yankees-Mariners game at Yankee Stadium will get a different view of the bleachers. Instead of the usual collection of fans wearing Yankees gear in the club’s traditional navy blue and white colors, a sea of red will take over the bleachers.
The Yankees, in partnership with DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, will distribute red caps to all spectators who enter the Stadium prior to the start of the 1:05 p.m. game. The mass of red will launch a new initiative to encourage all New York fans to take action against blood cancer. Fans will be urged to “get swabbed” and sign up as potential blood marrow donors.
“The New York Yankees are all about winning,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “We are incredibly proud to be associated with DKMS, and we’re excited to help them with the noble fight against blood cancer. We know our fans, indeed all New York fans, will unite to help delete blood cancer.”
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies from the disease. Blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States and kills more children than any other disease. Many deaths may be prevented if more people donate their blood marrow.
Katharina Hart, chief inspiration officer of Delete Blood Cancer and DKMS, said, “The Yankees have been amazing in supporting us in our fight to delete blood cancer. The fourth of August will be a special day for everyone in the U.S. who is fighting to overcome this disease. It is call to action and a symbol of support. I promise we will not stop here.”
Blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma attack the foundation of a healthy, functioning body by sabotaging the production of healthy blood cells. In many cases, the only treatment option is a bone marrow transplant from a matching door. If a match can be found, a life may be saved. However, six out of 10 patients who could benefit from a transplant will never receive one. There is a 30-percent chance that a sibling is a match to a patient. For the other 70 percent, a match must be found from an unrelated donor.
The only way to tap unrelated donors is to get as many donors as possible. That is where DKMS comes in. With generous support from its founding corporate sponsor, leading beauty company Coty Inc., DKMS is dedicated to increasing the number of potential donors and facilitating both matches and transplants.
Founded in 1991 in Germany by Peter Harf and his wife Mechtild’s physician, Dr. Gerhard Ehninger, DKMS is the world’s largest bone marrow donor center with more than 3.6 million registered donors. More than 31,000 of DKMS’ donors have helped save lives. DKMS will soon be renamed Delete Blood Cancer.
George Cleary, president of Coty Beauty Americas, said, “It is an incredible honor to have as distinguished an organization as the New York Yankees join us in the fight against blood cancer. We are confident that the Yankees’ championship winning mentality combined with Coty’s and DKMS’ passion for this cause will have a profound impact on the fight against blood cancer.”
The Yankees extended congratulations to Chelsea on its penalty shootout victory Saturday over Bayern Munich, which secured the British team’s first Union of European Football Associations’ Champions League title. The score was 1-1 after regular time and extra time before Chelsea won the penalty shootout, 4-3, in Bayern’s home stadium in Germany.
“Chelsea showed their resilience yet again with their thrilling win,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “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 at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Tickets for the match are currently on sale at http://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 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 its Champions League victory 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 Stadium will carry on the 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.