MLS club Philadelphia Union will take on Premier League outfit Aston Villa in an international friendly in July it has been announced.

The Union will host the West Midlands club at PPL Park on Wednesday, July 18 with CEO Nick Sakiewicz delighted to bring the news to both Philadelphia and Villa fans .

"It's our ongoing commitment to bring world-class international competition to Philadelphia," said 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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