Swansea City has date with Fusion
June, 19, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Swansea City will be the Ventura County Fusion's British opponent this year, the club announced Tuesday, with an Oxnard College friendly set for July 28.
The Welsh club, which plays in England's Premier League, follows in the footsteps of Everton, Burnley, Portsmouth and, last year, West Bromwich Albion, who have visited Ventura County for preseason work since 2007.
The Fusion, an amateur club which is one point out of the lead in the USL Premier Development League's Southwest Division, also played Manchester City in a closed-door match last summer at Loyola Marymount. They have lost all five games against English opposition.
The game will kick off at 5 p.m., and advance tickets ($15 for adults, $8 ages 16 and under) are available through the Fusion's website or by calling (805) 277-9742. Tickets at the gate will be $20 and $12.
Swansea City, which last season debuted in the EPL with a 12-15-11 record to finish 11th, on Friday appointed former Danish star Michael Laudrup as manager. The Swans will train for a week in Oxnard as part of a 12-day U.S. trip, which includes matches against Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids on July 24 and San Jose Earthquakes on July 31.
The Fusion, which annually plays preseason games against MLS clubs, last year in a two-week stretch played West Brom, New Zealand's under-20 national team, Argentine club Independiente and Man City. They beat New Zealand and lost the others.