In a preseason friendly played early on Thursday morning, Chelsea was defeated by Charlotte FC 5-3 on penalties. The game was a preseason contest.
Raheem Sterling made his Blues debut in the match, which was the second contest of their US tour.
Sterling, who cost £47.5 million to move from Manchester City, scored his penalty kick, but Conor Gallagher’s feeble attempt was turned away by Pablo Sisniega.
After Mexican Daniel Rios’ last-second penalty negated American Christian Pulisic’s goal, there was nothing separating the two teams at the end of regulation.
Chelsea will now head back to their training facility in Orlando, where they will play Saturday night’s exhibition game against Premier League rivals Arsenal.