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Mid-Season Friendly Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City

Scott Halleran

It is time for the Philadelphia Union's annual mid-season game against European opposition. This year, Stoke City come to PPL Park to scrimmage the Union.

Game and Information: Philadelphia Union vs. Stoke City; 7:30 PM ET; PPL Park, Chester, PA; Game will be streamed online at PhiladelphiaUnion.com through the Philadelphia Union's YouTube page.

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2?) Oka Nikolov; Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Chris Albright, Matt Kassel; Michael Lahoud, Kleberson, Roger Torres, Don Anding, Antoine Hoppenot, Leo Fernandes

Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Jeff Parke, Raymon Gaddis, Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz, Keon Daniel, Conor Casey

Stoke City starting XI: (5-4-1?) homas Sorensen; Robert Huth, Marc Muniesa, Marc Wilson, Ryan Shawcross, Ryan Shotton; Glenn Whelan, Brek Shea, Steven N'Zonzi, Michael Kightly; Cameron Jerome

It's time for the annual mid-season friendly against a European team! This year's game against Stoke City actually has a bit of interest for local U.S. soccer fans. Stoke City carry on their team Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, and Brek Shea, all of whom have made caps for the USMNT. Most recently, Brek Shea appeared in multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup games and even scored the game-winning goal in the Final. Outside of that, Stoke City under Tony Pulis infamously parked the bus against much of their Premier League opposition, often creating for some rather dull affairs. But Pulis got sacked in the off-season and was replaced by Mark Hughes, who was sacked last year by Queens Park Rangers and many other clubs in years prior.

Another notable player on Stoke City is former Liverpool and Tottenham forward Peter Crouch, easily to spot on the pitch as he is the guy most definitely taller than you.

Use the game thread below to discuss the game.

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