Newcastle May Participate In New York Tournament In Summer

The Sunday Sun has a report today saying that Newcastle United may be given the opportunity to participate in a summer tournament here  in America.

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Newcastle are said to be included in a group of European clubs under consideration for the provisionally-titled New York Football Challenge.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in New Jersey, at the recently built Red Bull Arena – which is the new  soccer stadium of  the Major League Soccer side New Jersey Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls Managing Director Erik Stover told the Sunday Sun:

“I’ve got four files of events on my desk that I’ve been working on.”

“The World Series of Football is coming over. That will probably be named the New York Football Challenge, and will pit three teams against us in sort of a semi-final tournament.”

“Those teams will be of the likes of Juventus, Napoli, Newcastle, Everton, Bolton, Fulham, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Atletico Madrid.”

“With the change to Champions League qualifications, we haven’t been able to announce those teams yet, but we will shortly.”

Bringing in top European clubs to the USA will be a win-win simply because the Premier League is a huge success in the States, even though soccer is still maybe the 9th most popular sport in America – if that.

NFL Football, Baseball, Basketball And Ice Hockey are easily the top sports over here and will remain so. Right now the College Basketball knock-out tournament is in progress, and Duke (21 miles from where we live in Research Triangle Park) will meet minnows Butler tomorrow night in the final of the 64 team play-off tournament, which is arranged as a knock-out tournament –  much like the FA Cup.

When we say basketball – both professional basketball and college basketball are both much more popular than soccer in the US.

That may be hard to understand for football fans around the world, but Americans like their own games over here – but please don’t tell an American that their hallowed game of Baseball originated as a woman’s game called rounders in England – that would not be smart – whoops we’re in trouble now! 😀

Humour  aside, we hope Newcastle can get into the tournament – it sounds exciting and would be great for Newcastle fans living in the New York area – and there are many.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    The chance for Ashley to hit the US casinos?

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Haha one thing I do love hearing from the US is that football is boring due to the lack of scoring. I think baseball has to be one of the most boring games I have ever seen but maybe that is because I dont have team or know any players. Lets show the yanks some geordie spirit and watch them become converts

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 4, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Nice one mole no football comments just one negative comment on how a guy spends his own money, what’s up you jealous he can afford to drop the odd mill or so and not have to worry about it???

  • BT7MAG

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Would you head to a game, should we be included in the tournament Ed? And out of interest, what was the last game you were able to get to?

  • komfort

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    aye newcastlemole i read it & thought exactly the same thing about the FCB…

  • costello91

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Good source ive heard this from but newcastle are coming back to the ireland this summer. im delighted

  • TheShadow

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    does this mean that if we win in the final we qualify for the champions league?
    “With the change to Champions League qualifications, we haven’t been able to announce those teams yet, but we will shortly.”

  • Ruvio

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Good article
    But baseball didn’t come from the old English game of rounders. Rounders came from baseball.
    Baseball was invented in England by a drill sergeant in the army I believe.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Also Basketball comes from an English school girls game called netball!

  • toonoholic

    Apr 4, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #10

    i will drive from wherever i am to see this one ! hopefully ill be close to nyc then. HOPE ITS TRUE !!!

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 4, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    The first thing I thought of is increased awareness and revenue streams for the club. Seems good.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #12

    there is a god.

    as a newcastle fan who lives 20 minutes from the red bull arena i am well, speechless. This would be a dream come true.

    please happen.

  • BT7MAG

    Apr 4, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Ruvio, afraid not mate, rounders was first documented in 1745 (granted it’s according to Wikipedia) , America was only founded in 1776…

  • aemagpie

    Apr 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #14

    you don’t know how happy this makes me.
    this too good to be true for a fan living in the US.
    finally get to see the toon in action

  • tappy lappy

    Apr 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #15

    How lads this must be New York near Shiremoor. Howay the toon

  • baro

    Apr 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16


    You are very, very lucky i live in America too but in Tennessee. But American sport basketball is a very fun sport. while baseball, football (not soccer) are very, very boring.

  • baro

    Apr 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #17

    I hope this happens and we are in.

  • baro

    Apr 4, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #18

    The Shadow

    I don’t think so, if we win then we win, but i don’t think we enter Champions League.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Think it would be a good thing to start promoting Newcastle United over in the usa.Huge market in USA for shirt sales and stuff like that.So think the toney might be good for NUFC.


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