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.