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Philadelphia Union To Host Aston Villa In July 18 Friendly

The Union will host EPL side Aston Villa at PPL Park on July 18.

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The Philadelphia Union announced Tuesday that they will host English Premier League team Aston Villa on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at PPL Park (via Union).

Union forward Danny Mwanga trained with the English side during the MLS offseason. Aston Villa's roster includes U.S. internationals Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj as well as Darren Bent, Emilie Heskey and Stephen Ireland, who had been rumored for a move to the New York Red Bulls.

Aston Villa will be the third EPL team the Union have hosted. The Union previously lost to Manchester United, 1-0, in 2010 and defeated Everton, 1-0, last season.

Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said about the match

"It's our ongoing commitment to bring world-class international competition to Philadelphia," said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "We are very proud to host Aston Villa in what will be a challenge for our club and a treat for our fans. We're also thrilled that this match will be a wonderful precursor to the 2012 MLS All-Star Game and its surrounding festivities. This will certainly be an amazing week for not only our fans and PPL Park but also for cities of Chester and Philadelphia."

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