Swansea City
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Quakes to face Swansea City on July 31

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club will host Swansea City of the English Premier League on Tuesday, July 31, at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT. The match is part of a two-game stateside swing for the Swans as they also travel to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids on July 24 at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets for the San Jose leg of Swansea City’s trip go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or by calling Tickets.com at (800) 225-2277. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game “A” ticket for the match. Season ticket holders will also be able to purchase additional individual and group tickets starting on Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. until the public on-sale date by calling their fan relations specialist. Additionally, subscribers to the club’s newsletter will have a special pre-sale offer delivered to their inbox on Wednesday, May 16. Prices for individual tickets range from $20 to $53.

In addition to Swansea City, the Earthquakes will begin selling tickets to their Oct. 21 match against the LA Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium on Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. Season ticket holders will have pre-sale options until the public on-sale date on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. The match is San Jose’s final regular season home date of 2012 and is presented by Wells Fargo.

“We are very excited to host Swansea City for an international friendly this summer,” said Earthquakes Club President Dave Kaval. “Along with our big match against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 30, this promises to be a great opportunity for Bay Area soccer fans to see top-notch opponents take on their local club.”

The Earthquakes’ summer lineup is packed with intriguing dates. It all starts on Saturday, June 30, against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium, where the club will host a fireworks extravaganza as part of its Salute to Armed Forces Night, presented by XFINITY. Next up is A&W Root Beer Float Night on Saturday, July 14, when the Earthquakes welcome back Real Salt Lake, followed by the second Dollar Dog Wednesday of 2012 on July 18 against FC Dallas. Finally, the club closes out the month with Iranian Heritage Night on Saturday, July 28, against the Chicago Fire and Swansea City on Tuesday, July 31.

With one game left in the EPL season, Swansea City is No. 12 in the table with 44 points from an 11-15-11 record. Among their marquee results in their first season in the EPL were a 1-0 win against first-place Manchester City on March 11 and a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory against Arsenal on January 15.

The Swans are the first Welsh club to reach the Premiership since the league was formed. Founded in 1912, the club has won the Welsh Cup 10 times, third-most in the history of the competition. Additionally, they have twice won the Football League Trophy, also commonly known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The meeting between Swansea City and San Jose, organized by PSC Ltd (www.pscltd.co.uk), will be the first ever. The Earthquakes are 1-0-2 all-time when hosting an EPL club, including a 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion on July 12, 2011, during which goalkeeper David Bingham struck a ball off the grass and scored from 90 yards out. San Jose also played club partner Tottenham Hotspur to a scoreless draw on July 17, 2010, before what was then a stadium-record 10,712 fans, and drew 1-1 against Aston Villa at Spartan Stadium on May 13, 1997.

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