NUFC off to KC.

Sporting Kansas' new ground.
NUFC have confirmed that they are heading Stateside for part of their pre-season training by announcing a friendly fixture against Sporting Kansas City.

The match will be played on Wednesday, 20th July at their new Livestrong Park stadium and Newcastle will be one of the first teams to play at the new ‘soccer specific’ ground.

This is great news in my opinion as I’ve long bemoaned the lack of Newcastle United spreading their wings into other markets. The USA is one of those untapped markets so hopefully whilst we are out there we can expand our fanbase a bit as well as give those Toon fans who are already alive and kicking in the States a chance to see the team that they support from afar up close and personal.

Newcastle will be conducting some training out there as well as running some courses for local coaches which will have the aim of developing the sport in the area although as yet only the one friendly fixture is confirmed.

“Myself and the team are really looking forward to coming to America in the summer and playing against Sporting Kansas City,” Pardew told The Chronicle. “We’re planning a few days training in Kansas before the game which will form an integral part of our build up for the 2011/12 season.”

“I know Manchester United were in Kansas last year, and went home beaten, so we know full well what a tough game it’ll be for us, but that’s exactly the sort of challenge we’ll be looking for. We’re delighted also to be able to put on a technical clinic for the coaches in Kansas which we hope will assist with the development of the sport in the region.”

“It should be a very good week for all concerned and I would like to express our thanks to the people of Kansas for extending the invitation to us.”

Forward planning 😯

Truth being told it’s only a small part of our pre-season preparations, but it is an important part all the same. Training in such heat will only help the fitness of the team as they get ready for the big kick-off in August, whatever league we may be in. One thing is for sure, without any football it’s going to be a looong summer!

You can of course keep up to speed with all the pre-season fixtures as and when they are announced here at NUFC Blog. Whether or not any more fixtures will be played in the USA remains to be seen although whilst we are out there we may as well go on a bit of a tour. Road Trip!

29 thoughts on “NUFC off to KC.

  1. Should be good like…
    Stadium looks a bit like football manager, if its that let me manage…. i’ll take them.


  2. Dan as we all know the 35million will be used on players and wages, so if we say got gervinho for 7 million how much would he cost the club all together?


  3. Josh-NUFC
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 11:44 PM
    Im thinking of going over like, in a minibus.


    I tried to organise one to blackburn mate and we couldn’t even get enough for that.


  4. Well say we pay 7m for him and is on wages of 45k a week on a 4 year deal then that’s going to cost us about 16.25m.


  5. DJG – haha thats no good like, they played man u last year and got 50 odd thousand, cant see as many turning up to see us like.


  6. I’m not sure whether all of the value of the contract will be takend into account. Maybe the first year but beyond that they’d have to sort something surely?


  7. Yeah it will be interesting, the last time they spoke to the club they came back with a lot more than I thought they would!


  8. 😆

    Just shows if you don’t go shouting the odds like the NUST did then you get some communication.


  9. I don’t feel sorry, not for one minute. It was clear from the start that it was a blatant non-starter that capitalised on the ill feeling at the time and some people bought into it. More fool them IMO.

    There is a reason why fan ownership has not happened in the Premier League before 🙄


  10. Yeah, it was clear from the start it was never going to work.

    If I remember rightly a team called Ebbsfleet United tried it and that didn’t even work. I think once it doesn’t work for a Blue Square side it’s not going to work for us 😆


  11. Regarding Toon accounts;
    He got himself in a mess by appointing 5 managers in 3 yrs and relegation. Credit to him for bailing HIMSELF out the shite.
    He caused alot of the mess and the biggest travesty is, the money he has invested to get us out of trouble could have been invested in the January window pre relegation.
    But he knew best didn’t he?


  12. I live in des moines about 3 hours away from kansas city and have loved them as long as I can remember and have had to wake up at 6 every weekend to watch them play and now i get to see them play in person! I am so excited!


  13. Jake – Excellent. I’m glad you guys are getting the chance to see them live and close up. Hopefully they get you the win 🙂


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