Crew to face EPL’s Stoke City in friendly

The Columbus Crew will face Stoke City of the English Premier

League in a friendly match on July 24 at Crew Stadium.

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

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

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

have games scheduled.

In 1967 during the United Soccer Association’s only season

before merging into the NASL, Stoke City players represented

Cleveland as the Cleveland Stokers.