MIAMI: Urby Emanuelson scored in the 68th minute as AC Milan edged Champions League winners Chelsea 1-0 in an exhibition contest. Emanuelson converted on a running attack with teammate Stephen El-Shaarawy in front of a crowd of 57,748. “It always feels good to score and tonight was a good test for us,” said Emanuelson. “We played well and I’m happy that I scored a goal. Last year I played a lot of games and now it’s a chance to build on that. I want to feel important.” European champs Chelsea now head back to England for a friendly against Brighton and then the traditional Charity Shield contest against league champions Manchester City on August 12. “This is what pre-seasons are for, these are games to give young players a chance,” said Chelsea head coach Roberto Di Matteo.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2012.