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West Bromwich Albion Announce 2011 US Summer Tour

UPDATED: West Bromwich Albion became the sixth Premier League to announce that they will be touring the United States this season as part of their pre-season preparations.

It’s going to be a busy summer Stateside during July. Along with Roy Hodgson’s West Brom, other teams playing exhibition games are Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Everton. And there’s still a good possibility that other Premiership teams may announce summer tours in the United States between now and the end of May.

Out of the six Premier League teams coming to the States, West Bromwich Albion is the first team to announce a friendly in California. They’ll play San Jose Earthquakes on July 12 at Buck Shaw Stadium. And they’ve also announced that they will play against Portland Timbers on July 20 at JELD-WEN Field.

West Bromwich Albion looked like relegation certainties at the end of 2010, but their attractive brand of football as well as stars such as Peter Odemwingie, Scott Carson, Marek Cech and Nicky Shorey have lifted the Baggies up the league into thirteenth position.

“Between the match against the New York Red Bulls on July 2 at Stanford Stadium and West Brom on July 12, Bay Area soccer fans have an entertaining summer to look forward to,” said Earthquakes President David Kaval. “West Brom has a rich history dating back to earliest days of English association football and we are excited to have the opportunity to play them here in Soccer City USA.”

The July 12 fixture marks the third time the Quakes have faced a team from the EPL. On July 17, 2010, San Jose hosted club partner Tottenham Hotspur at Buck Shaw Stadium and drew a Buck Shaw Stadium record crowd of 10,712. Aston Villa also visited San Jose to play the Quakes in 1997 at Spartan Stadium, a match that ended 1-1

Individual tickets at San Jose will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at and by calling (800) 225-2277. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game “B” ticket for the match. Season ticket holders will also be able to purchase additional individual and group tickets from Tuesday, May 10 until tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday. Prices for individual seats range from $20 to $50.

While several other Premier League clubs have yet to announce their plans for summer tours, which clubs would you like to see play friendlies in the States this summer? Share your recommendations in the comments section below. Liverpool are out with a tour planned for Asia. Tottenham are going to South Africa. Arsenal are also touring Asia.

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  1. Dakota

    May 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I already said this once before, but I am so excited for all the summer tours this year. Its so exciting for those of us stateside and its a privilege to be able to host such games. Best of luck!

  2. omakbob

    May 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I would love to see Villa come (specifically to the northwest!). Also, I think it would be fun to watch Blackpool against our MLS teams.

  3. Gigi

    May 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Let’s just end the misery… move the EPL to the US and create a summer tour to England for the summers…(and to Canada)

  4. Jason Gatties

    May 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Fulham are overdue for a US visit. Would love to see them play the Fire.

    • eplnfl

      May 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Certainly true. With all of their US connections you would think they would come more often. They where last in for the MLS All-star game when Brian McBride was still with them.

  5. AngleseyBaggie

    May 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I thought there were enough Wolves in Canada already! They still may not be EPL come the end of this season. 😉

  6. F19

    May 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Would love to see West Brom or another English side come to Fort Lauderdale and play the Strikers! Our season tickets all include a mystery bonus game, so who knows?

    Personally Wolves would be cool, that’s my favorite team in the EPL.

  7. IanCransonsKnees

    May 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Cool! The Yam Yams boinging across the pond. They’ll make your’e dixie rednecks seem normal.

  8. Troy

    May 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Wish they were coming to the northwest. I’d love me some Odemwingie.

  9. boing boing

    May 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Where did you get those ‘star’ players names from? Cech has barely featured at all this year, Carson has had an error plagued seas whilst nick shore is just your run of the mill rollback. Odemwingie is definitely a star though

  10. Ian

    May 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Would love to see Wolves come to Canada over the summer! Seems as if Canada is forgotten about at times. Had Everton come to Edmonton a few years back which was alright.

    If only more teams would come…

    • The Gaffer

      May 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Manchester City are playing against Vancouver in July.

      The Gaffer

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