Newcastle announced their third and last pre-season fixture in the United States, as they play Orlando City on Saturday, July 23.
That seems an excellent location for the Magpies, because it will mean that some Newcastle fans, who may just be on holiday at DisneyWorld at the time, may be able slip away for the game – with the emphasis on maybe. 😀
But Orlando City are not an MLS side, and were founded only last year on October 25th, and play in the American Division of the newly formed USL Professional Division, which is the third division of American Soccer, so why couldn’t they get a third MLS side.
The Carolina Railhawks, which is based in Cary (just outside of Raleigh), is a football (soccer) side who play in the second division of US soccer, the North American Soccer League (NASL), and kick of their season this coming Saturday.
So it seems a strange choice of team, but maybe it’s to help them out, as they are just getting started, and Orlando City have expressed their goal of being an MLS side within three to five years.
And the Newcastle club have announced they will spend a couple of days training in Florida before taking on the Lions. Thye had better watch the sun at that time becasue it’s usually 95 degrees F and 95% humidity, having lived in Boca Raton, South Florida for 7 years in the 1980s.
The match completes the schedule of games for the lads, and it looks a decent tour with two games in the mid-west with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, July 20, and Columbus Crew on Tuesday, July 26.
It’s just a pity the club couldn’t have had a game on the West coast, like the LA Galaxy, for all the fans out there, but that’s not meant as a complaint.