Stoke City News and Notes - July 17

The Potters begin their US tour with the Dynamo Charities Cup

Geoff Cameron Stoke City

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In one week, the Houston Dynamo will host the Stoke City Potters in the fifth annual BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup. Here is a compilation of the latest news with the Stoke City squad.  

The Potters began their first week of pre-season training in France, and new manager Mark Hughes thinks it was a successful trip.  It was a time for the team to get to know the managers coaching style and what will be expected from the players. Stoke City will spend this week in Staffordshire before departing for their 10-day tour to America, where they will face the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union. 

About a week after the start of pre-season, Hughes has assessed his squad and admits that the team has exceeded his expectations. Hughes said, "I have to say I've been really pleased with the technical ability of the squad as a whole and I think maybe I've been guilty of assuming there's a certain type of player here."

The strategy of expanding their scouting network abroad has already benefitted the Potters. In the offseason, the team made two huge deals in the transfer market with the signing of Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven and Marc Muniesa from Barcelona. Hughes believes that the team will be able to find more players this way.  "With the insight we now have into most markets, we were ahead of the game. The fact we have been able to bring in two quality players should be reassuring for everybody," said Hughes.

Barcelona up-and-comer Nando Quesdao appears to be the next addition to Stoke city, continuing their plan of recruiting abroad. The U-19 midfielder is a friend of newly acquired Muniesa. If Quesdao does sign, then he will be another addition "to what looks like a very talented group of youngsters coming through to the first team."

Former Dynamo Geoff Cameron looks to impress Hughes, hopefully at center-half. "I was either playing right-back or defensive centre midfield last season and I was never given the opportunity to play centre-back because I guess Tony Pulis didn't see me there at centre-back, or he didn't want to play me there, even though he could see me in that position with the national team, which I thought I played really well. But he had his guys that he trusted and chose, so he never really gave me the opportunity at centre-back. So it'll be interesting to see what happens when I go back to Stoke," Cameron said.

While there had been much debate surrounding a possible transfer by Stoke City star Peter Crouch, the veteran forward says he has no immediate plans to depart. Crouch: "But if the manager thought it best and something came up that's best for the club, that's up to them. I can only speak for myself and I am more than happy at the club and the family is settled here as well."
 
Potters' striker Kenwyne Jones is having a successful run with the Trinidad & Tobago team, especially after scoring and leading the national team to a 2-0 victory over Honduras at BBVA Compass Stadium on Monday. While the team is happy for his success, they expect Jones to be ready when he returns to Stoke City.
 
Stoke City travels to Houston to face the Dynamo on Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. CT. For tickets or more information on the upcomming match, click here