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Pre-season rethink for Swansea

Swansea have been forced to alter their pre-season plans after the American tournament they were set to compete in was cancelled.

The Barclays Premier League club were due to feature in a six-team tournament in Texas from July 11-19 alongside Chivas Guadalajara (Mexico), Malaga (Spain), Lyon (France), Pachuca (Mexico) and Raja Casablanca (Morocco).

Swansea held a training camp in Chicago last summer and played friendlies against Chivas and Minnesota United, but manager Garry Monk said earlier this month that the pre-season tournament in Dallas marked a step up for the Welsh club, both on the pitch and commercially off it as well.

"You're getting a chance to grow the brand a little bit better," Monk said of the Texas tournament.

"It's another step forward and America's a great market.

"If we can get it right it would be good for everyone, not only the players and staff of the club but also the fans."

A statement on the official Swansea website said the club would now turn their attentions to new pre-season preparations ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

"We will announce the new plans as soon as they are confirmed," said the statement.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused our supporters."

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