Aston Villa have announced today that they will be going on a preseason summer tour to an exotic and largely uncivilized region of the world: Texas. The club will play two matches in July against the MLS squads FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo. The trip will come hot on the heels of the 2014 World Cup, so it wouldn't be surprising to see some of the players who partook in that competition not play quite as much as we'd expect.
The matches will be held on July 23 and 26 in Dallas and Houston respectively. FC Dallas have been a part of the MLS since the league's inception in 1996, while Houston are a more recent member, having been formed in 2005. The newer club have been the more successful, though, having won the MLS Cup twice in 2006 and 2007 and being the runners-up in 2011 and 2012.
While the tour will be a nice chance for American fans to get to see Villa, neither location can be said to be hospitable to a summer's match. On July 23, Dallas has an average low temperature of 77 F and a high of 97 F (25 and 36 C, respectively). Houston on the 26th is a bit better, at 76 and 94 F (24 and 34 C). But as anyone who has ever been to Houston in the summer will tell you, the humidity will make it feel much much worse. If the Villa players can survive two matches there, I think they'll be perfect for those back at home in Birmingham.
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