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Stoke City Announces Summer 2013 US Tour; Will Play Friendly Against FC Dallas

stoke city fans Stoke City Announces Summer 2013 US Tour; Will Play Friendly Against FC Dallas

Stoke City announced today that the club will be embarking on a 10-day tour of the United States this summer.

The Stoke City players, including Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea, will land in the United States on July 22. Stoke have lined up a friendly against FC Dallas on Saturday, July 27.

Stoke will play another friendly, on either July 24 or 25, against a different team. Details are expected to be announced next week regarding that match.

“The tour to the United States was extremely successful last year, first and foremost in achieving our primary objective of helping to prepare the squad for the season ahead,” said City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes. “The football management and players were impressed with the high standard of the opposition for all three games, as well as the quality of the training facilities.

“The transfer of Brek Shea subsequently presented an opportunity for us to play a match against his former club which is where we will be heading as part of this tour.

“It’s also a good time to be going back with an exciting feature of the new television agreement being NBC’s coverage which will enhance the Barclays Premier League’s profile in the United States and if there is one market right now where we can develop our own profile, then it has to be America due to the presence of three US internationals in our squad.”

In previous summers where Stoke have conducted pre-season in the United States, Stoke City have played against Columbus Crew, Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City.

Who’s planning on going to see Stoke City play against FC Dallas? And which team do you think Stoke should play in their second friendly in the United States? Will it be sister club Orlando City, or is there another team that you’d like to see Stoke play Stateside? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

Stoke City will be in the United States during pre-season in addition to other Premier League sides such as Chelsea and Manchester City.

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16 Responses to Stoke City Announces Summer 2013 US Tour; Will Play Friendly Against FC Dallas

  1. IanCransonsKnees says:

    What’s Dallas like then, worth the trip?

    I’d like somewhere near Harlan County so I could make a pilgrimage to see where the best TV export in years, Justified, is filmed. It looks like a red neck equivalent of one of our rough council estates only with more liability to be bumped off if you mess with the locals or the law.

    • AJ says:

      Dallas is excellent; unfortunately, it’s nowhere close to Kentucky (where Justified is set)

    • Bill says:

      I’ve heard rumblings in Pittsburgh that an EPL team might be coming here to play this summer. If it ends up being Stoke, it might be a decent trip. Pittsburgh is where they shot the pilot episode of Justified and Harlan is probably an 8 hour drive from Pittsburgh.

      • IanCransonsKnees says:

        Cheers fellas. Hopefully our new manager will be in place by then.

      • Philswin08 says:

        I’ve heard the same rumblings regarding Pittsburgh but there are two problems IMO…The ground only holds 4,000 fans and a USL Pro team is hardly good enough competition for a Premier League team prepping for a season.

        • Bill says:

          I agree that USL Pro probably isn’t good enough competition, although I think Bolton played a couple of USL pro teams a few years ago. As an Arsenal fan I’d love to see them make it over here one of these years.

          Ian who do you think will be the new manager at Stoke? I’m interested to know if you’d like a manager who will play a different style, or someone who will stick to a similar playing style?

          • IanCransonsKnees says:

            I’d be happy with RDM. As for the style of football I’d take how we were playing in our run to the FA Cup final. It really will be uncharted territory though. I’ve had a season ticket for 18 years, 10 of them under Pulis as manager. It’s likely there’ll be a bit of a culture shock and love or loathe him he’s arguably the most successful manager we’ve had.

        • Yespage says:

          This Stoke we are talking about, a US Pro would be just fine. ;^P

          And 4,000 capacity would be fine. Probably short of 4,000 in Columbus last summer. Pittsburgh would be nice and within my range.

  2. MozzaaSCFC says:

    I won’t be going, but the other team that the club will play I think is going to be Houston Dynamo for their charity cup they do; it was rumoured sometime in January, plus with it being in Texas also it would seem logical, then we’ll probably play Orlando City again aswell.

  3. Varghese says:

    I may go depending on the ticket price. Gaffer, will you request United to play at Frisco please? :)

    • The Gaffer says:

      Manchester United are touring Asia this summer, so they won’t be coming Stateside. Sorry.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  4. Socal stokies says:

    LA please….the mighty potters in LA to play Chivas and/or Galaxy…..amazing!!
    There are loads of us down here.

  5. Marc L says:

    Whoa! I’ll most definitely have to see our six-fingered friends visit Dallas. FC Dallas’ ground is about a ten-minute drive for me.

    Which, to Cranson’s question, is about as far from Harlan, KY (both geographically and socioeconomically) as you can get.

    So bring your gold card, rent a BMW so you fit in with us, and stop in at the Londoner next to the ground before the match. Not too bad of a pub. Fake as all get-out compared to the real things in the UK, but certainly tolerable.

  6. Martin A says:

    It would be great to see the potters come to New York. I wear the stripes to the Red Bulls games and plenty of people recognize the shirt. As for the manager, would love to see Steve Bould come back home.

  7. Steve says:

    Went to see Stoke play the Crew in Columbus last year. It was awesome night with my son. I really hope they make it back this year.

  8. D Paskoff says:

    If there is anything that will kill interest in football in the US, it would be the likes of Stoke or Sunderland playing a friendly stateside. Pls stay away from Seattle!

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