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By FRANCO PANIZO
Brad Guzan might be making an appearance in the United States following the World Cup this summer. In fact, he might be making two.
FC Dallas announced Tuesday that they will host Guzan and Aston Villa in a friendly on July 23 at Toyota Stadium. Additionally, Dallas announced that the Villans will continue their preseason tour with a trip to Houston to face the Dynamo, but gave no details as to when that match would be.
“We are very excited to be able to bring Aston Villa to Toyota Stadium for a game this summer,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt. “They represent a quality English Premier League opponent who has been in very good form of late. They are anchored by several players who will represent their respective countries in the 2014 World Cup. Obviously, this will be a very competitive match and we are excited to be able to bring this quality game to our fans.”
Aston Villa are expected to practice at Toyota Soccer Center from July 19-24, and will have a special open training session and meet-and-greet with FC Dallas season ticket holders.
“Commercially, we are always looking to grow the club, while remaining true to the values we espouse as Villa people,” said Villa CEO Paul Faulkner. “I see this as a wonderful opportunity and I thank the staff of FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo for the courtesy and welcome they have already shown us in helping to put these games together.”
What do you think of Aston Villa facing FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo? Expecting to see Guzan play or do you believe will he be resting following the World Cup? Excited and planning on attending the matches anyway?
Share your thoughts below.
since the world cup ends july 12 or so, can the big clubs be expected to play their STARS during their friendlies at the end of July. I understand these guys need rest but if a fan is paying $100 they wanna see Ronaldo or Steven Gerrard and rightly so. these clubs need to do better to support their overseas fans or they will lose them.
why not make the world cup or european championship or copa america in early june like say June 1- June 30. an the players get an extra 2 weeks of rest, maybe 4 altogether since many of the players will be cut from the group stage alongside their nation.
No game-day commentary for Champions League? You’ve taught us to have expectations Ives!
I’ll be interested to see how the maroon and light blue looks as it melts off the poor Villans in July in Texas.
Randy Lerner is from Cleveland, so this is not a shocker and they are probably as interesting a team for Americans as the others (eg, Stoke, who is popular here but is basically in the process of running off everyone but Cameron).
Should be fun. I kinda wanna go.
Except for the part where I melt. That won’t be fun.