A look ahead at Kansas City.

LiveStrong Park - The home of Sporting Kansas City.
Newcastle play their second pre-season game this evening when they take on Sporting Kansas City in the first game of their three match U.S mini-tour.

Before I get onto team news, as it stands there is NO TV coverage of the game tonight so consequently there is unlikely to be any form of watching it should you still be awake at the UK kick-off time of 1:30am (Thursday morning!).

Moving onto a bit of team news… Alan Pardew will be without Joey Barton, Nile Ranger and Yohan Cabaye after the trio failed to gain the necessary visa to be able to go and play football in the USA. Pardew will also be without injury victims Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie who picked up knocks at Darlington whilst James Perch continues to recover from a troublesome ankle injury.

Mike Williamson is in Holland as he is expecting to have to rush home for the birth of his child and The Netherlands is evidently closer to home than the US is, and Wayne Routledge has also not travelled as he is likely to finalise a move to Swansea (or Leicester, or Forest, or QPR, or…) in the next few days.

With all of those players missing it gives some of the younger lads a chance to have a run out. Mehdi Abeid impressed at Darlington so could get another chance to show what he has to offer, whilst Dan Gosling is likely to get another stretch of the legs as he looks to build fitness after spending over a year sat on the sidelines.


There will also be a further chance for the kids to impress as Alan Pardew is likely to make as many substitutes as possible. Up to ten are allowed this evening, and with temperatures set to top 100ΒΊF you can perhaps understand why the manager will want to keep things fresh.

In line for debuts are Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, both of whom sat out the match at Darlington, and Cheik Tiote is also expected to play a part after working on his fitness over the last week or so.

If anyone happens to be going then make sure you have a great time and get in touch if you can grab any photographs or opinions on how we played or how an individual played and so on. For the rest, it’s a shame we can’t watch it but nevermind. I’ll keep an eye out for goals or highlights for us to look at instead.

Howay the lads!

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

29 thoughts on “A look ahead at Kansas City.

  1. Would like to have seen our full squad out in the USA, the fans across there deserve it, was reading an article the other day that Newkie Brown is popular in the Kansas area and is on draught, journey into space or what?
    Be interesting to see if he plays Enrique tonight, i wouldnt as if he is for sale and his heads not right there doesnt seem to be any point, far best player Ryan Taylor in that position.

      (Quote)

  2. Robert….I first saw Dog on draft in Canada, bit of a culture shock although now there is a few bars in Toon that do it 😯

      (Quote)

  3. Richie, Evil drink the broon, the only time the bedroom ceiling has spun round for me was with that, im sure they put an LSD type ingredient in it. Close second is the Ex, both to be given a wide berth.

      (Quote)

  4. I love NUFC, and I used to drink it just because it was a sponsor and looked like the kit…
    But it takes pretty bad. As far as I can remember.

      (Quote)

  5. Robert, there’s a fair few places that have it on draft in florida too. Just love it when I find that out!

    Perhaps kadar should get a little time playing left back in these next fee games just in case he is called upon

      (Quote)

  6. 1:30 am kick off in UK. Ha! Let’s see how many of you stay up for that. And those that do remember that we in Oz do it 38 times a season, or more if you count the cups (which aren’t always on).

      (Quote)

  7. Aye JJ, you’re spot on in thinking that Jose’ll be around ’til the last minute of the window!

    The need for a new left-back has been further strengthened by news that Shane Ferguson could miss the start of the season with an ankle problem and given that Pards doesn’t appear to be allowed too buy until he’s sold, we’re gonna be up schidt street again.

    For crying out loud, I find it astonishing that we’ve all realistically known that Jose’e got his eyes on pastures new yet we haven’t got a replacement in place!

    Add to that that even if we do have time to buy before the window slams shut, then selling clubs’ll know how desperate our need is and that we’ve got some money and with MA not being one to be held to ransom, we’ll end up with nobody or sign some free has-been, the likes of Wayne Bridge!

    Madness, absolute madness!

    πŸ™„ πŸ™ πŸ‘Ώ

      (Quote)

  8. Here’s an extract from an article printedin the Kansas City Star and hyping up the so-billed ‘exhibition’ match tonight.

    “…….. Newcastle has some deadly scorers in Ameobi….. ”

    Bless!

    😯 πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      (Quote)

  9. Nowt wrong with a few bottles of dog. Love it I do. Sometimes I drink it on nights out just to annoy people. They ask why I’m drinking it, I say because its traditionally from where I was born, which turns into a who di you support/your a gloryhunter/do you want directions to your home ground kind of argument πŸ˜‰

      (Quote)

  10. Maybe this has been covered already, but if Cabaye’s problems were only a minor technical hitch which had been quickly remedied, why did he not follow on ASAP. There was surely plenty of time as the game is not until 2morrow morning.
    Am I just a cynical old bastard looking for smoke and mirrors or is there some hidden sh!t we don’t know about. ? ? ? HWTL.

      (Quote)

  11. Lesh, I’m worried about the same thing regarding our left back. Ashley just needs to bite his self-imposed bullet this time and release the funds for whoever Carr has scouted as our best replacement for left back.

    Saw more talk of lifterpool wanting Enrique in the mirror. Would absolutely hate that happening cuz he wouldn’t be guaranteed champs league there

      (Quote)

  12. Lesh – On I’ve of their forums I was reading they don’t know who Ben Arfa is, and they reckon they’ll beat us 5-0 because they beat Manchester United 2-1 over a year ago. Naturally I didn’t sign up and didn’t start winding things up πŸ˜‰

      (Quote)

  13. Porciestreet, I just think Ashley is too cheap to book another flight for just one player. Hopefully cabaye can at least develop a good relationship with Barton and Williamson

      (Quote)

  14. As for draght broon ale, we have it in Cyprus (or it’s supposed to be) and it is pure p!sh…. Dont even consider it as its worse than Guiness for travelling.

      (Quote)

  15. Porciestreet – Apparently Cabaye’s hitch would take three weeks to sort out so there is no point really

      (Quote)

  16. Toonsy, that’s pretty embarassing that so-called fans of re beautiful game don’t know who HBA is and think they’ll win.

    That’s actually kind of stereotypically American. Those guys probably only watch the MLS and US national team games. Very limited perspective and experience if the game. I get frustrated with it all the time

      (Quote)

  17. Are those bottles of brown going on sale in britain?
    My dad has this weird thing where he has kept all the different brown ale bottles for about the past 20 years. Would make a nice edition for him.

      (Quote)

  18. On whether players are due a bonus when they sign for a new club i asked the agent peter morrison (@FootballAgentPM ) on twitter if they were due some sort of ‘loyalty’ bonus. He said no BUT they are due any future signing on fees if they don’t reject a transfer, which i assume they get once a season or so.

      (Quote)

  19. please let there be no injurys on the tour , hope the heat doesnt take it out the players aswell!! 24DAYS TO GO!! does any1 think we will try to buy a striker while we are at america? have they left the fat controller at home?

      (Quote)

  20. Should be interesting tonight. KC have their new stadium and, if I remember correctly, they had a long batch of away games to start the season while the stadium was a’building. Now they’re dug in at home for the first time and are undefeated there.

      (Quote)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green