Chelsea beat Mexico’s Club America 2-1 in an international club friendly in Las Vegas as they prepare for their first Premier League season under Todd Boehly’s consortium.
Mason Mount scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute with a spectacular right-footed drive from outside the area.
Timo Werner gave Chelsea a brief lead in the 55th minute, but a clumsy backpass from Reece James led to an own goal five minutes later, allowing Club America to level.
Both sides struggled to finish the first half in front of 47,223 fans at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.
Chelsea’s Brazilian international Kenedy went wide in the 24th minute, Kai Havertz shot over the crossbar in the 29th minute, and Oscar Jimenez, America’s replacement keeper, stopped Thiago Silva’s header from the middle of the box in the 40th.
After the interval, Chelsea finally broke through. James set up Werner in the area a minute after Michy Batshuayi’s attempt went wide. Jimenez saved his attempt, but the rebound fell to the German striker, who rifled in a goal from close range.
In the 60th minute, James’ backpass caught goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli off guard, and both could only watch the ball seep into the net.
Mount rescued the day by intercepting a ball from Marcos Alonso and creating space for a shot that beat Jimenez.
Chelsea will next fly to North Carolina to face Major League Soccer’s Charlotte FC on Wednesday before facing London rivals Arsenal in Orlando on Saturday.
On Wednesday, America will face Manchester City of the Premier League in Houston.