With the Dynamo Charities Cup less than a month away, we want to update you on what's happening with the Stoke City squad.
In addition to playing the Houston Dynamo on July 24 and FC Dallas on July 27, Stoke City has recently added a macth against the Philadelphia Union on July 30 to round out the Potter's U.S. tour. Former Dynamo all-star and current Stoke City midfielder Geoff Cameron makes his first return since his transfer to the EPL last year.
Mark Hughes replaced Tony Pulis as manager of Stoke City after Pulis was fired last month. Hughes' first move as manager was signing winger Jermaine Pennant to a new one-year contract. Other than that, the new manager does not plan on adding a significant number of new players to the squad.
Stoke City Player of the Year Asmir Begovic is pleased that the club brought in Mark Hughes to lead the squad. He believes that Hughes, with his successful managerial record, will be able to guide the squad to be a consistent top-half team for years to come.
Stoke City announced the signing of two new coaches who will work under new manager Mark Hughes on June 20. Mark Bowen will serve as assistant manager to Hughes, while Eddie Niedzwiecki joins the squad as first team coach. Both men have previously worked with Hughes on other teams.
New-signee Jermaine Pennant says that the Stoke City fans were a huge reason for his signing a new contract with the squad. He believes this new era for the club with a change in management and attitude will help the club going forward.
In their first five games of the 2013-2014 season, Stoke City will face three tough opponents: Liverpool on opening day, Manchester City on September 14th and Arsenal a week later. Despite the difficult start, the Potters are embracing the challenge.
After the U.S. national team's 1-0 victory over Honduras, Stoke City's Geoff Cameron's dream of playing for the U.S. in the World Cup next year in Brazil are getting closer to becoming reality. Cameron has played a vital role for the stars and stripes by being featured in each of the U.S.'s World Cup Qualification matches this term.
The Dynamo have made it through the first round of Houston Business Journal's Social Madness contest. The contest measures which company has the best social media engagement, and we know that our fans are the best.
We want to thank all of the fans for voting and staying engaged with us, but now we need even more of your help to get the Dynamo into the third round of the tournament.
Take a few seconds to show your support for the team by voting for the Dynamo online in the large category section and interacting with us on social media! Voting is open June 18-24.
It was a standout performance for Dynamo forward Brian Ownby, as he led the Richmond Kickers to a shutout 4-0 victory over Antigua Barracuda FC on Friday, June 14. Ownby helped the Kickers remain undefeated in USL Pro play with two goals of his own.
With the Kickers already up 1-0, Ownby put the game further out of Antigua's reach in the 56th minute of the match, capitalizing on a deflected ball from an opposing defender (3:25 in the video below). His second goal of the night came about in the 77th minute of the match (4:00 in the video below), giving Richmond a three goal lead. Ownby found the ball because of his fortunate placement and good timing, having only the goalkeeper standing in his way.
The goals were Ownby's second and third of 2013 for Richmond to go alongside four assists on the year.
Richmond's next match is this Saturday, June 22 at 6 p.m. CT against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves.
The Houston Dynamo showed their support for the fallen firefighters of stations 51 and 68 last week by visiting both stations. The team participated in drills, talked with the firefighters and offered them tickets to the Dynamo's upcoming home game this Saturday, June 22 vs. Toronto FC.
The game is dedicated to the firefighters who lost their lives in the May 31 fire. Fans can show their support by purchasing a special ticket package, with proceeds benefitting the 100 Club Survivors Fund.