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Premier League Summer Series USA, 2023: Chelsea crowned champions

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Rebecca Lowe, Tim Howard and Stephen Warnock share their major takeaways from the 2023 Premier League Summer Series and share their predictions ahead of the new season.

The inaugural Summer Series is done and dusted, with Chelsea coming out on top just 12 days before the start of the 2023-24 Premier League season.

[ MORE: Premier League preseason schedule: Video highlights, scores, dates, calendar, summer tours ]

Six Premier League teams -- Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton, Chelsea, Fulham and Newcastle United -- played in nine games across five U.S. cities in July and it was one heck of a summer party.

And you can catch up on all of the action across our platforms here at NBC Sports.


Premier League Summer Series 2023 schedule, dates, how to watch live

Where: Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Harrison, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Landover, MD
When: July 22-30
Tickets: Via the Premier League - April 25 (pre-sale), April 26 (general sale)
How to watch: Across the NBC Sports platforms, including Peacock

Premier League Summer Series table

1. Chelsea - 7 points (+3 GD)
2. Aston Villa - 5 points (+2)
3. Newcastle - 5 points (+1)
4. Brighton - 3 points (0)
5. Fulham - 3 points (-3)
6. Brentford - 1 point (-3)

Premier League Summer Series Results

Saturday July 22

Match 1: Chelsea 4-3 Brighton - 7pm ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Extended highlights: Chelsea 4, Brighton 3
The first match of the 2023 Premier League Summer Series resulted in a seven-goal thriller that saw Chelsea hold off 10-man Brighton to win 4-3 in Philadelphia.

Sunday July 23

Match 2: Fulham 3-2 Brentford - 4pm ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Match 3: Newcastle 3-3 Aston Villa - 7pm ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Extended highlights: Fulham 3, Brentford 2
The 2023 Premier League Summer Series continues to impress as Fulham outlasted Brentford 3-2 in Philadelphia.
Highlights: Newcastle United 3, Aston Villa 3
Relive the six-goal thriller between Newcastle United and Aston Villa, which capped off a memorable night at the 2023 Premier League Summer Series in Philadelphia.

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Wednesday July 26

Match 4: Brentford 2-0 Brighton - 5:30pm ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Match 5: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle - 8:15pm ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Match 6: Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa - 7pm ET at Exploria Stadium, Orlando - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Extended Highlights: Brentford 0, Brighton 2
Led by Simon Adingra's two goals, Brighton took care of business against Brentford in Atlanta during the Premier League Summer Series.
Extended Highlights: Newcastle United 1, Chelsea 1
Nicolas Jackson opened the scoring for Chelsea before Miguel Almiron saved the day for Newcastle United to salvage a draw in the Premier League Summer Series.
Extended Highlights: Fulham 0, Aston Villa 2
Moussa Diaby's second-half goal on his Aston Villa debut helped secure the two-goal victory over Fulham in the Premier League Summer Series.

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Friday July 28

Match 7: Brighton 1-2 Newcastle - 7:30pm ET at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Extended Highlights: Brighton 1, Newcastle 2
Relive Elliot Anderson's heroic performance in the final minutes of Newcastle United's win over Brighton in the Premier League Summer Series.

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Sunday July 30

Match 8: Aston Villa 3-3 Brentford - 12pm ET at FedExField, Landover, Maryland - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Match 9: Chelsea 2-0 Fulham - 2:45pm ET at FedExField, Landover, Maryland - FULL MATCH REPLAY

Extended Highlights: Aston Villa 3, Brentford 3
Relive the six-goal thriller between Aston Villa and Brentford in the Premier League Summer Series.
Extended Highlights: Chelsea 2, Fulham 0
Thiago Silva and Christopher Nkunku made the difference on the day for Chelsea as the Blues defeat Fulham to win the inaugural Premier League Summer Series.

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Alan Shearer: ‘I love the passion of the fans

The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer spoke to ProSoccerTalk (full interview above) about why this Stateside tournament is going to be special.

“It is fantastic news. I have been lucky enough to spend time with the guys at Premier League Mornings Live and be at seven of the eight Fan Fests that have happened and it is fascinating,” Shearer said. “I love the passion of the fans. I love the friendly rivalry. For them to get up at stupid o’clock and queue for hours and come in and watch their teams and mingle and all get together, I love it. To have six teams coming over to America in the summer, I think it is fantastic and something to look forward to.”
Shearer hopes PL Summer Series is 'first of many'
Alan Shearer chats about his interactions with American soccer fans, the growth of the Premier League in the U.S. and what he's looking forward to at the Summer Series (tickets go on general sale on April 26).

Created by the Premier League, the Summer Series will see games take place in Atlanta, Orlando, Harrison, NJ, Philadelphia and Landover, MD.

“I love how passionate the fans are,” Shearer said about Premier League fans in the USA. “They are obviously very knowledgeable. They obviously love their football very much. I understand it might not be the No. 1 sport in America but soccer is growing and it is growing really fast... The more events like this, the more times that we, the Premier League, come over to America and showcase the Premier League and the trophy at these organized events, it is only going to get bigger.”

“I think this will be the first of many,” Shearer added. “It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this was going to happen every single season. It will be a great tournament and a chance to see some Premier League legends and huge football clubs.”

Referees from the Premier League will also be heading Stateside to work alongside American officiating crews to fully replicate the PL matchday experience.


Aston Villa duo excited to experience the United States

Aston Villa and Brazil star Douglas Luiz, who was just named Villa’s Supporters’ Player and Players’ Player of the Season, is excited to play in front of fans in the USA, making the most of the hot weather and exploring the cities to learn more about their history.

“I am so happy. It is a good weather like it is in Brazil, I am so happy and excited to go to the US,” Luiz said. “It is a very good, very good people and I want to visit and I want to know so much more. I am so excited to go with Aston Villa and I want to enjoy seeing as much as I can.”

Luiz praises Emery, excited for Summer Series
Douglas Luiz chatted with Joe Prince-Wright about Aston Villa's remarkable turnaround under Unai Emery, his strong individual season and what he's looking forward to at the 2023 Premier League Summer Series.

Aston Villa and Jamaica winger Leon Bailey is no stranger to playing Stateside and is looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere.

“I like the U.S. a lot, so I’m looking forward to a great time in the USA traveling to different States. It is a nice atmosphere, the people always come out in numbers and the support is brilliant. I’m really looking forward to it and I think it is going to be brilliant... I’ve been to LA, Houston, DC and Orlando, with the last Gold Cup most of our games [with Jamaica] were played in Orlando. It’s great and we always get time to explore. So it is nice and you are playing football and you enjoying it but you are enjoying it in a different in a city, which is great.”

Bailey looks ahead to PL Summer Series, Gold Cup
Aston Villa's Leon Bailey spoke to Joe Prince-Wright about Unai Emery's transformational impact as well as his exciting summer plans representing Jamaica at the Gold Cup and the inaugural Premier League Summer Series.


Which teams are playing in the Summer Series?

The teams competing in the Premier League Summer Series in the USA in 2023 are:

Premier League

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is extremely excited about the league hosting their first-ever preseason tournament in the USA.

“We are delighted to be bringing six clubs to the USA in July for the first-ever Premier League Summer Series,” Masters said. “Our clubs have incredible supporters in the US, who passionately follow their teams throughout the season. We have seen this dedication first-hand from the tens of thousands who have attended our Mornings Live fan events and are excited to be building on this by bringing live Premier League action to five cities this summer.

“We are currently enjoying one of the most competitive Premier League seasons of all time at both ends of the table and I am sure we will see some thrilling matches during the tournament.”

Below are all the details you need on the the tournament.


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