The temperatures hit 100 degrees F (38 C) yesterday, when Alan Pardew ran two training sessions in Kansas City.
Alan Pardew – in new Newcastle training gear
The players were training at Sporting Kansas City’s Swope Park training ground yesterday, in preparation for their game tomorrow night, and let’s hope the lads were drinking plenty of water, because those conditions would be accompanied by very high humidity.
The mid-west is going through a little bit of heat spell at the moment, although the temperatures are always high in the middle of America at this time of year of course – it’s the Continental climate again.
Freezing in the winter and sweltering hot in the summer, when you are surrounded by a large land mass, as I remember from my Geography lessons way back.
Newcastle will have another two training sessions today, and will face a confident Sporting Kansas side, who beat Manchester United 2-1 last July in front of 50,000 fans, when they were called the Kansas City Wizards – that was some magic trick alright.
And Kansas did that after having a man sent off in the first half, when the Red Devils scored from the resulting penalty to go 1-0 up – so it was some performance from the Kansas side last summer.
Alan talked about the upcoming games, and he seems determined to get the squad as fit as possible:
“There will be no easy games for us over here. Kansas showed what they can do last season and are a good outfit that we most show a great deal of respect to.
“In many ways these games are not going to be played with a friendly type of leg-loosening atmosphere. They will be trying to beat us and get that scalp which helps put the MLS on the map even more so than in the last few years.”
“We are looking forward to what should be a good test for us and it’s a chance for people to catch the eye again tonight.”
That will be true for all three Newcastle games over here, and the opposing sides will be going all out to win the games, so they can get some bragging rights.
There was bad news yesterday that Yohan Cabaye became the third Newcastle player that was refused a Visa, and it was for an undisclosed reason, but it appears the Frenchman will not be on the Reserve team tour of Holland.
The Reserve team travels today for their three game tour of Holland.