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  • Should He Stay or Should He Go…
    By Ethan Brissette   There has been a lot of controversy regarding the Brazilian Diego Costa lately. About a week and a half ago we heard an unfathomable deal involving a move to the Chinese Super League. This move would make him the highest paid player in the world. Now I am sure everyone was asking the same question I was at that point, “Why would a Golden Boot contender and potential Premier League 16/17 Winner want to leave in January?” Well, there’s always two sides of a story aren’t there… There’s the Press’ story…a so called altercation with the
  • Membership is now closed!
       Yes, it is that time of year – the end of the membership for the season. Membership closes this time of year and will reopen for next season close to the end of the season in April/May. We do this in order to mirror what happens at Supporters Clubs at Chelsea. They close membership at this time of year, so please understand if you have not told us that you have a True Blue membership we cannot add you going forward. In order to protect your privacy, the club will not tell us which of our members have True
  • Checking the Bridge Off the Bucket List
    By Ethan Brissette   In 2002 I had the opportunity to go to Walt Disney World. What I didn’t know is that this trip changed my life. As I walked aimlessly around Epcot waiting for my next adventure, I saw a shop with football jerseys outside. One Chelsea. One Liverpool. One United. One Arsenal. Did I mention Arsenal being the fourth jersey I saw? Anyway, enough banter, Chelsea was the only blue jersey and I forever became a fan of the club and color I love.   Fast forward to 2016. There was a lot of hype in the U.S. regarding
  • Summer Signings 2016
    by Aaron Lau It has been almost a month since the transfer window shut, and with David Luiz’s second first game at the club in the bag, it seems like a good time to analyze our signings. Our first foray into the transfer madness was Michy Batshuayi, brought in from Marseille for £33 million. As of 19 September Michy has appeared in five games including a start against Bristol Rovers in the League Cup. Our new striker has notched up four goals so far including two in the aforementioned Bristol clash. In this very early stage of the season, he
  • A CIA Member Abroad
    By CIA Member Aaron Lau September 13th, 2014 is a day I will never forget. Chelsea played Swansea at the Bridge, and Diego Costa notched his first hat-trick while Loic Remy got a debut goal. We conceded two, but at the end I, along with Chelsea fans everywhere, did not care, it was still three points, and I saw it all happen live. It was, without a doubt, the best thing I have experienced so far. I remember standing in the Upper West Stand just having a laugh at how lucky I was just to be there, and how lucky
  • Transfer Window Round Up
    By Kailyn Conner of the Bluegrass Blues Over the summer transfer window, Chelsea spent £86.2m and earned £28.9m from transfers, for any of you Arsenal-esque hawks watching our bottom line. Marco Amelia and Kevin Wright were released and remain unsigned by any club. Reece Mitchell went to Chesterfield on a free transfer and John Swift to Reading on a free transfer. We finally managed to offload Marko Marin (who, let’s be honest, no one remembered we still technically owned – #GermanMessi) onto poor Olympiakos for a lowly £3m. Stipe Perica moved to Udinese in a £3.4m sale, Papy Djilobodji to
  • Beating the Off-Season Blues
    One of the biggest takeaways from the less-than-desirable 2015/16 campaign is the importance of the Chelsea communities we’ve been fortunate enough to build through our CIA Chapters. In spite of a lackluster title defense and the (second) departure of a beloved manager, there was always one silver-lining: your fellow Chelsea fans being right by your side.   The Beltway Blues, like so many other CIA chapters, have always said of game days: “Come for the Chelsea, stay for the people (and beer)”. With preseason tours on top of international competition, we as a football community are not fully starved of
  • EDITORIAL: 2016 – A Crossroads…
    By Benjamin Kyi of the Chicago Blues I still remember that game versus Palace on May 3, 2015. I was at home watching the game on TV but even then I could just feel the buzz and excitement that pervaded throughout the Bridge and when Hazard headed in his goal to put us up 1-0 the roar of the crowd was deafening. I could feel my heart soaring and tears welling in my eyes. We were the Champions of England and for the first time in 6 years I could watch us lift that beloved trophy again. Fast forward almost
  • The Pub, Where U.S. Soccer Culture Brews
    The Beltway Blues were featured in this great article by Luis Gonzalez on the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire website. Below you’ll find an excerpt, but click HERE to read the complete article on   There aren’t many seats available, and they fill up quickly. Still, people don’t turn away from Lucky Bar. The bar’s customers are content to stand. It’s 2:45 p.m. on a Wednesday, and it is practically impossible to walk around.   There are other bars like Lucky Bar around the country, where Americans’ passion for soccer brews. New York, Seattle, Austin, Dallas and other cities all
  • Conte: Just the Manager We Need
    Amid speculation and rumors, Chelsea Football Club have finally announced their new First Team Head Coach for the 2016/2017 season. Antonio Conte, formerly the manager of the Italian national team, signed for three years and will begin his campaign after the summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.   So far, this season has been less than magnificent compared to our title winning bravado last year. The sacking of Jose Mourinho had disheartened many fans throughout the world, and replacing him will be a monumental task for the club to fill.   However, Antonio Conte will be the right man for the job.