The Houston Dynamo and Stoke City FC of the English Premier League face off in the 5th Annual BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup. This is the first match for Stoke City under new manager Mark Hughes, as they kick off a three-city tour of the U.S. The Dynamo are in the midst of the MLS season, fresh off of back-to-back wins over the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution. Tonight's match marks the return of former Dynamo star Geoff Cameron, who transferred overseas last summer.
Dynamo: Deric; Creavalle, Boswell, Brunner, Chabala; Driver, Moffat, Clark, Dixon; Johnson, Weaver
Subs: Hall, Davis, Barnes, Taylor, Sarkodie, Ownby, Salazar, Boniek, Ashe
Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Kightly, N'Zonzi, Adam; Walters, Crouch, Jerome
Subs: Butland, Shotton, Wilkinson, Muniesa, Whelan, Wilson, Palacios, Etherington, Cuvelier, Jones, Keane
Giles Barnes, Andrew Driver, Adam Moffat and Mike Chabala preview the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup vs. Stoke City tonight.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear and president Chris Canetti of the Houston Dynamo, manager Mark Hughes of Stoke City and Karen Dixon of BBVA Compass discuss the upcoming BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.
Brian Ching and Bobby Boswell visit the Houston Food Bank to help make emergency relief boxes as part of BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup Week. The players and volunteers from BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo prepared 720 boxes, which can feed over 18,000 people.
BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup Week culminates with the match against England's Stoke City FC on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available here!
New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes talked with Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis last night on Soccer Matters. Check the full interview below!
Tickets are still available for the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup against Stoke City, including Dynamo Beer Garden tickets! Get yours today for this exciting Premier League matchup next Wednesday, July 24 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
With the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup only three weeks away, we want to update you on what's happening with the Stoke City squad.
On June 28, Stoke City secured its first major signing of the 2013-14 season by acquiring Dutch international defender Erik Pieters.
Stoke technical director Mark Cartwright said the team got value for their money by signing Pieters to a four-year contract worth 3.1 million euros. "We would have loved to sign an England international, but we couldn't have signed anyone of that ilk for that price," Cartwright said.
Stoke City also announced the signing of Spanish defender Marc Muniesa on July 2. The 21-year-old joins the Potters with a four-year contract after rising through the FC Barcelona system. He becomes the second new signing by new manager Mark Hughes this summer.
Hughes believes the highly-sought after Muniesa will be an excellent addition to the Potters. "I know he’s very highly-regarded in Spain and was attracting interest from clubs in La Liga but he’s an ambitious young man and wants to test himself in English football," said Hughes.
Here is a slideshow of Muniesa's career with FC Barcelona.
Hughes appointed Eddie Niedzwiecki as first-team coach in June and Niedzwiecki looks to please fans by making Britannia Stadium the noisy fortress it has been in the past. He also expects to play in a different style than former manager Tony Pullis. Niedzwiecki will get a look at the players for the first time when they report for training on July 8.
In their pre-season friendly, Stoke City will host Italian club Genoa at Britannia Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 10. Hughes wanted to play at Britannia to get new players comfortable with the stadium before the start of the season.
The expansion of Clayton Wood training ground is close to completion. The Potters put in 6 million euros worth of updates in the facility in order to meet Category One status within the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). Some of the additions include changing rooms, a classroom, a two-lane sprint tack and much more. The updates are expected to be finished before the start of the regular season.
Stoke City travels to Houston to face the Dynamo on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. CT.
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.