English Premier League’s Aston Villa F.C. announce traveling roster for BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup
English Premier League side Aston Villa have announced their traveling roster and itinerary for their upcoming North American tour, which includes the 2014 BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup against the Houston Dynamo.
The Dynamo and Villa will face off at BBVA Compass Stadium on July 26 (kickoff: 8 p.m. CT; TICKETS). This annual match between the Dynamo and a prominent international opponent has been played against teams such as Stoke City FC (England), Valencia CF (Spain), Bolton Wanderers (England), and CF Monterrey (Mexico).
Former Chivas USA goalkeeper and U.S. Men’s National Team regular Brad Guzan and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, the team’s all-time Premier League leading goal scorer with 66 tallies, headline The Lions’ roster for the game. Other notables making the trip to Houston are Belgium international forward Christian Benteke, midfielder Leandro Bacuna, and former England international Joe Cole.
Villa will face FC Dallas on July 23 before continuing its two-city U.S. tour in Houston.
Aston Villa traveling roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan, Shay Given, Jed Steer
Defenders (8): Alan Hutton, Philippe Senderos, Nathan Baker. Joe Bennett, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Matthew Lowton, Enda Stevens
Midfielders (10): Joe Cole, Charles N’Zogbia, Leandro Bacuna, Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph, Chris Herd, Gary Gardner, Kiaran Richardson, Jack Grealish
Forwards (5): Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Darren Bent