The Union yesterday announced an agreement to host Valencia CF at PPL Park in Chester, confirming a statement originally posted on the Web site of the Spanish power.

The game will be one of three Valencia stops in an American tour of Major League Soccer clubs this summer. Valencia also plans to visit New England and D.C. United, Eastern Conference foes of the Union, sometime in August.

According to the posting on Valencia's Web site, July 31 is the date for the Union match, but the Union press release said a date and time are yet to be finalized. The Union is scheduled to host New England on July 31.

"Valencia will be a great test for our club and we're excited for the challenge," said Union manager Peter Nowak. "Playing top international teams will always be a valuable way to continue our development."

Califf says team is 'ready'

Despite a 2-0 loss in its first true MLS test against FC Dallas on Sunday, Union defender Danny Califf said his club is primed to start the 2010 season.

"We are about as ready as you can be coming into a season with a whole lot of unknowns," Califf said. "Sure, there is going to be a feeling-out process but we have enough guys on the field that have played in big games before that there won't be a lot that will come as a shock."

The Union, who have been staying and training on the campus of the University of South Florida, play their final preseason game tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Pepin Stadium (7:30 p.m.).

EPYSA hosting tourney

The Horsham-based Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association announced this week the region will host the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships.

The tournament will attract approximately 272 boys' and girls' teams, ages 12-19, from 15 states along the Eastern corridor.

Organizers expect the event to generate an estimated $12 million to the region in 2011 and upwards of $15 million in 2012.