Some Chelsea fans might always feel bitter about New York, given that legendary club midfielder Frank Lampard was forced to leave for New York City after Chelsea were unwilling to extend his contract for another year. However, Lampard ended up being loaned to Man City for the entire season after he decided not to sit out for several months until the next Major League Soccer season began.
Chelsea come into this game having had a relatively relaxed offseason so far, with nobody surprised to see Petr Cech and Felipe Luis depart the club. Asmir Beloved is the only permanent addition of note, and he is only going to be the understudy to world-class goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Radamel Falcao is a loan signing, but it remains to be seen how he will work out for the Blues.
José Mourinho is largely happy with his current squad, as evidenced by the minimal transfer activity. For now, the priority is on building fitness and preserving continuity. Eager to acquire new fans from the US, Mourinho will likely give playing time to stars like Eden Hazard, Cesc Fàbregas, and Diego Costa, while also working in youngsters like Kurt Zouma and Nathan Aké.
The players with question marks are those who featured in the recent 2015 Copa America. Those players could include Falcao, Oscar, Willian, and Juan Cuadrado. But Cuadrado could also be a major doubt considering how he has disappointed since transferring to Chelsea in January.
New York Red Bulls have never been able to win the MLS Cup, which is the principal competition in the US. Compared to Chelsea, their team is extremely weak, even if the Blues do take this game easy, so the Red Bulls are highly unlikely to upset them.
Tip one: Chelsea to win @ 1.44
Tip two: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70
For a game that Chelsea are highly likely to win, it is actually quite reasonable that you can get odds of 1.44 on them winning. Honestly, those odds should be much shorter when they have to impress potential American fans.