Crew to face EPL’s Stoke City in exhibition

The Columbus Crew will face Stoke City of the English Premier

League in an exhibition game July 24 at Crew Stadium.

Stoke City, one of the oldest professional soccer teams in the

world, is the fifth Premier League team to set a U.S. exhibition

date. Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa also

have games scheduled.

Columbus is 9-4-2 in international exhibitions, including 2-3-2

against teams from the Premier League. Its last win came in 2005

against Fulham.

In 1967 during the United Soccer Association’s only season

before merging into the NASL, Stoke City players represented

Cleveland as the Cleveland Stokers.