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December 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM

English League Two club to play two local PDL teams

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. — A couple corrections for clarification in this one. Port Vale plays in League Two, which is the fourth tier of English football. Previously I had mentioned it as the English Second Division (the team releases still do), so keep that in mind.

Port Vale Football Club, currently of English League Two, will be coming to North America next year for a summer tour. Here are a pair of press releases from North Sound SeaWolves FC and the Kitsap Pumas, two of Port Vale’s scheduled opponents, with more details:

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PORT VALE FC ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICA PRE-SEASON TOUR

(Port Vale, England) Port Vale Football Club, currently of the English Second Division, has announced their Summer 2011 North American Tour and will travel to the Pacific Northwest on July 12th 2011 for exhibition friendlies in Washington against North Sound SeaWolves FC (July 15), Tacoma Tide (July 17) and Kitsap Pumas (July 19) before heading north to Canada playing Victoria Highlanders (July 21) before returning to the UK from Vancouver on July 21st. All four of Port Vales opponents compete in the Northwest Division (Western Conference) of the USL Premier Development League – the tour’s title sponsor has been announced as AMERITURF SYSTEMS (www.ameriturfsystems.com)

Port Vale Chairman, Bill Bratt, “a pre-season tour is a vital part of our preparations for the new season and we will be looking forward to top quality training facilities and conditions as well as some excellent competitive games – while our focus will on the forthcoming season we also see this as a great opportunity to build relationships with our host clubs off the field of play and hope that we will be able to establish some long term partnerships in this part of the world – the game is such a global game now and it is vital that we ensure that we make the very most of this exciting opportunity”

Tim Hollinger, President Ameriturf Systems explains, “the continued growth of soccer in North America has seen our business diversify dramatically over the last few years and we are dedicated to support local and international initiatives especially those encouraging the development of “the beautiful game” at grass-roots level as well as clubs who strive to impact upon at-risk and disadvantaged communities through the power of the sport – following on from our strategic partnerships in South America we are now excited at building a long term relationship with our new friends over the pond as well as those host clubs closer to home in Washington and across the border in British Columbia”

North Sound SeaWolves GM Alex Silva: “The Sea Wolves FC is very excited to host Port Vale FC club from England currently playing In the Football League Two. To be able to expose our community, players, the youth and all the soccer fans to such high level of a game is fantastic. “This will definitely be the biggest soccer event for the Snohomish County Community.”

Ticket for Port Vale game it will be included when your purchase Season tickets. Go to www.seawolvesfc.com and purchase yours today.

Port Vale formed in 1876 (around the time of the Gold Rush) have perhaps struck gold themselves as they will be touring North America for the first time in their 135-year history – the club announced that they have contracted to also tour California (in 2012) and Florida (in 2013). For more details:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Vale_F.C.

http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/englishleague2/standings

Port Vale FC will be announcing Supporter Travel Packages before the end of the year.

Tour Dates:

July 12 Depart UK to Seattle, Washington, USA

July 15 North Sound Sea Wolves v Port Vale

July 17 Tacoma Tide v Port Vale

July 19 Kitsap Pumas v Port Vale

July 21 Victoria Highlanders v Port Vale

July 22 Return to UK from Vancouver

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Kitsap Pumas Announce First International Friendly

PORT VALE FC to visit as part of North American Pre-Season

Bremerton, Wash. – The Kitsap Soccer Club (Pumas) today announced that it will host Port Vale Football Club, currently at the very top of the English Second Division, for an international “friendly” match July 19, 2010 at Bremerton Memorial Stadium. This will mark the first time a major European club has visited this community for a competitive match.

As part of Port Vale’s “Summer 2011 North American Tour,” it will also make other stops in the Pacific Northwest on July 12th 2011 for exhibition friendlies against the North Sound Sea Wolves (July 15), the Tacoma Tide (July 17) and Kitsap (July 19) before heading north to Canada playing the Victoria Highlanders (July 21.)

All four of Port Vale’s opponents compete in the Northwest Division (Western Conference) of the USL Premier Development League. The tour’s title sponsor has been announced as AMERITURF SYSTEMS (www.ameriturfsystems.com)

Port Vale Chairman, Bill Bratt, stated earlier today: “A pre-season tour is a vital part of our preparations for the new season and we will be looking forward to top quality training facilities and conditions as well as some excellent competitive games – while our focus will on the forthcoming season we also see this as a great opportunity to build relationships with our host clubs off the field of play and hope that we will be able to establish some long-term partnerships in this part of the world – the game is such a global game now and it is vital that we ensure that we make the very most of this exciting opportunity”

“This is a great opportunity to play a high-level English side and see how we measure up,” said Pumas owner Robin Waite, “This will also be very interesting to the local community – especially the youth and adult players.”

Tim Hollinger, President Ameriturf Systems explains, “the continued growth of soccer in North America has seen our business diversify dramatically over the last few years and we are dedicated to support local and international initiatives especially those encouraging the development of “the beautiful game” at grass-roots level as well as clubs who strive to impact upon at-risk and disadvantaged communities through the power of the sport – following on from our strategic partnerships in South America we are now excited at building a long term relationship with our new friends over the pond as well as those host clubs closer to home in Washington and across the border in British Columbia”

Port Vale formed in 1876 (around the time of the Gold Rush) have perhaps struck gold themselves as they will be touring North America for the first time in their 135-year history.

For more details:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Vale_F.C.

http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/englishleague2/standings

“Bringing high-level international clubs to Kitsap has been a major objective for us since Day One,” said Kitsap Pumas executive director Ben Pecora. “This is a critical element in improving not only the play of our boys and the kids in our community, but these friendlies also provide a great chance to show our fans and the community as high a level of our sport as possible.”

Ticket pricing and on-sale dates will be announced shortly.

For further information, please visit the Pumas’ website or call Ben Pecora at 360-377-6008.

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