Valencia FC Planning U.S. Tour to Face Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers

Juan Carlos Salas@juancsalasContributor IIIMarch 21, 2012

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 15:  Sofiane Feghouli (#8) of Valencia is congratulated by team mates after he scores the first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between PSV Eindhoven and Valencia at Philips Stadion on March 15, 2012 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Major League Soccer clubs Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers have announced they will be hosting La Liga's side Valencia FC in a pair of friendlies set in May.

The historic Spanish club will first travel to the Pacific Northwest to the intimidating confines of JELD-WEN Field to take on the Portland Timbers on May 23. 

Eight days later, on May 31, Houston will host Valencia in its new BBVA Compass Stadium, which is set to open May 12th.

The bout between Houston and Valencia will be part of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup, which will be entering its fourth edition. 

“We are honored and privileged to be hosting such a prominent international soccer club in Valencia,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti in a press release. “Their participation in this match helps bring major credibility to the tradition we are building in this event. We expect that the local soccer community will come out in strong support of this match, the first of its kind in our new stadium."

This announcement by Houston and Portland continues the tradition over the last few years of MLS squads welcoming European teams to the U.S. during the later Spring and Summer months for a string of friendly matches.

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