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Saturday 27 April 2013

Shea to face former side in Stoke tour of USA

Stoke to play two matches Stateside in July while West Ham to visit Germany and Ireland

Brek Shea will return to Dallas with Stoke

Stoke City will return to the United States this summer for a 10-day tour as part of their build-up for the 2013-14 season.

One match will be against FC Dallas, the club from whom Stoke City signed Brek Shea in January. City will announce another high-profile match next week. That is scheduled to take place on 27 July, five days after Tony Pulis’s team arrive.

Last summer Stoke crossed the Atlantic Ocean to play Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City, as well as Orlando City.

"If there is one market right now where we can develop our own profile, then it has to be America"
Tony Scholes

“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 Stoke 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.”

West Ham to visit Irish Republic and Germany

West Ham United have announced that they will travel to the Republic of Ireland and Germany as part of their pre-season schedule.

Sam Allardyce’s team will face Cork City on 7 July, while travelling to Flensburg in the north of Germany to face Hamburg on 23 July.

For a list of Premier League clubs’ matches after the end of the season, click here

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Key Points

  • Stoke City to conduct 10-day tour of United States in July
  • Stoke will face FC Dallas from whom they signed Brek Shea
  • West Ham to play summer friendlies in Republic of Ireland and Germany