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Chelsea-PSG game forcing Charlotte Independence into scheduling quandary

Chelsea's Diego Costa, left, competes for the ball with Leicester City's Wes Morgan during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Aug. 23, 2014.
Chelsea's Diego Costa, left, competes for the ball with Leicester City's Wes Morgan during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Aug. 23, 2014. AP

The Charlotte Independence is trying to reschedule its July 25 game against FC Montreal.

The reason: The United Soccer League game at Ramblewood Soccer Complex is in direct conflict with that night’s International Champions Cup contest between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in Bank of America Stadium, which has already sold about 44,000 tickets in advance.

The start time of the Independence-Montreal game has been tentatively moved from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m., but that is not ideal because of hot weather, said Independence president Jim McPhilliamy. He said he is working with Montreal officials about possibly moving the game to either July 24 or July 26.

The first potential solution to the scheduling conflict was for the Independence-Montreal game to be played as part of a doubleheader with the Chelsea-PSG match. McPhilliamy said that couldn’t be worked out with ICC promoters.

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