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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Mayra Ramirez of Chelsea battles for possession with Lotte Wubben-Moy of Arsenal during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Molineux on March 31, 2024 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Copa/Getty Images)

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Two big teams in the English Women’s Super League (WSL), Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC will travel to the United States of America to face teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and also face each other.

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On Monday, the Blues which are still basking in the euphoria of their WSL title confirmed their matchup against Gotham FC on August 19th, setting up a showdown between two league champions. It’ll be the first time that the English champions square off with the NWSL winners.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger recently joined Gotham FC, setting up an extra layer of intrigue ahead of the August 19th championship scuffle.

It’s not Chelsea’s first time playing in the States. Back in August 2022, the Blues traveled to Portland to compete in that year’s Women’s International Champions Cup (WICC).

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ESPN reported on Saturday that fellow WSL team, Arsenal is scheduled to face the Washington Spirit in the same timeframe. To cap off their joint US tour, Arsenal will then take on the United Kingdom (UK) table-toppers at Audi Field in Washington DC.

The above games will serve as Sonia Bompastor in charge of Chelsea as the Lyon coach is expected to join the Blues as Emma Hayes's replacement after the UEFA Women's Champions League (UWCL) when the French side faces holders, FC Barcelona.

The London side intends to announce and unveil the new coach after the UWCL final in preparation for the pre-season games.

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Chelsea FC midfielder Erin Cuthbert called the WSL title defence for the 2023/2024 season the "hardest one yet" for Chelsea, but also the sweetest. A month ago, the team was virtually all but out of the title race, with Hayes conceding as much. Chelsea went on to right the ship, however, putting on a stunning eight-goal performance against Bristol City to insert themselves back into the conversation.

"In the moments that really matter, we find a way," Cuthbert told BBC Sport. "We've never really backed down from a challenge. The fans have been with us from the start, they've been incredible this year.

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"There have been a few rough moments, this title has taken about 10 years off my life if I'm being deadly honest. The hardest one yet, the sweetest one yet, so I'm going to enjoy tonight."

Hayes will now leave to manage the United States Women's National Team (USWNT), telling BBC Sport on Saturday that the team and its fans will always be in her heart.

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"I don't think I have the words really. I am full with a ton of different emotions," she said. "I am ready, I have given everything I've got. [I am] ready for my next adventure."

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