Newcastle United and Sporting Kansas City have confirmed today that they will meet in a friendly on Wednesday, July 20, at the Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
It was rumored this morning that Newcastle would tour the USA this summer, but now the club have announced their first fixture stateside.
The Sporting Kansas City club have also announced the game on their own web-site and the Sporting club’s CEO Robb Heineman had this to say about the game:
“This match will continue the presence of prominent soccer matches in Kansas City and will be an outstanding opportunity for supporters to see Sporting Kansas City play against another strong team from the English Premier League,”
“We are excited to bring a club that has such a passionate following, and we are hopeful that their great fans will join us in Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.”
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew added this:
“Myself and the team are really looking forward to coming to America in the summer and playing against Sporting Kansas City. 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.”
This is some of what was on the Sporting Kansas City web-site today – and from we can tell it seems that Newcastle United is quite a famous club.
Newcastle are expected to hold training sessions at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park from July 17 through July 19 as part of their pre-season.
VIP packages, including the opportunity to attend a Newcastle United training session, an exclusive autograph session with the Newcastle players, and a coaches’ clinic with the team’s technical staff, will be made available at a later date.
Newcastle United, commonly referred to as The Magpies and The Toon, have a long history at the top level of professional soccer in England, dating back to their origins as a club in 1892.
Newcastle’s legacy includes iconic players such as Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole in recent generations.
The four-time first division champions have also won six FA Cups and the European Fairs Cup in 1969.
The club is well-known in the modern era of European competition, having also advanced to the semi-finals of the 2003-04 UEFA Cup and advancing out of the group stage in the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League.