Crew beats English team Stoke City 2-1 in friendly

BY foxsports • July 25, 2012

Ben Speas scored in the 87th minute and the Columbus Crew beat Stoke City of the English Premier League 2-1 Tuesday in an exhibition match.

Speas took a ball that ricocheted off teammate Aaron Schoenfeld and put a strike from 16 yards into the far netting. Aaron Horton tied the game in the 71st minute off an assist from Emilio Renteria.

Stoke went ahead in the 23rd minute on Jonathan Walters' crisp header at the near post on a ball from Ryan Shotton.

The Potters' three-game preseason U.S. tour continues Saturday against the minor league club Orlando City before playing Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 1. Stoke's first Premiership match is Aug. 18 vs. Reading.

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