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Albion heading to the US

1 May 2015

Pre-season schedule confirmed

ALBION will be heading to the United States as part of their build-up to the 2015/16 season.

The Baggies will play three games during a 10-day stay on the East Coast.

Tony Pulis' side will take on Orlando City at the 65,000-capacity Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium on Wednesday, July 15, with the kick-off time to be confirmed.

Orlando City, managed by former Everton striker Adrian Heath, joined the Major League Soccer earlier this year. Tony Pulis' son Anthony also works for the Florida club's Pro Academy.

Albion will then fly to South Carolina to take on United Soccer League side Charleston Battery at the Blackbaud Stadium on Friday, July 17, before completing their tour on Sunday, July 19, with a match against Richmond Kickers, also of the USL, at the Richmond City Stadium. Again, kick-off times are to be confirmed.

Before jetting off to the States, Albion players will report back for training on June 29.

They will then be put through their paces with a week-long training trip to Austria, which will include a friendly against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday, July 8. The kick-off time and venue for this game will be confirmed in due course.

The final leg of Albion's pre-season will see Pulis' men take on Walsall at the Banks's Stadium (kick-off 7.30pm) on Tuesday, July 28. On the same night we shall be sending an Albion XI to The New Lawn to take on Forest Green Rovers (7.30pm).

The Throstles will complete their preparations for the new campaign with a game against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Friday, July 31 (7.30pm). This particular fixture will be a testimonial for Rovers' physio and ex-player Phil Kite.

Speaking about the pre-season schedule, Pulis said: "We have a short pre-season this summer because next season starts earlier for all of us (August 8/9).

"The players will each be given an extensive programme to follow when they leave us for the summer and will be in for a period of hard graft when they return back to training.

"We will be going to Austria and then onto the United States, which is where I've taken clubs in the past.

"We're going to States because the opposition is strong but also because the players will have to work in heat and humidity, which will make it more beneficial for their fitness.

"Orlando will be an especially tough game for us. We played them when I was with Stoke, but they've now become an MLS side so they play to a very high standard themselves.

"We'll then come back and play a couple of friendlies over here including a testimonial for my old team-mate Phil Kite, who I knew from my days at Bristol Rovers."

*KICK-off times and dates of the US tour matches are subject to potential alterations - supporters are asked to bear that in mind when making travel arrangements.

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