Newcastle In For A Big Test Tonight Against Sporting Kansas


John Carver will in no way underestimate Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City tonight.

John Carver – will not underestimate Kansas City

Or the Sporting Kansas manager Peter Vermes for that matter, as Newcastle will be playing in temperatures of around 90 degrees F at the Livestrong Stadium tonight, with the game starting at 7:30 pm central time, which is 1:30 am tomorrow in Newcastle.

John spent time at Toronto FC as their manager from February of 2008 through April of 2009, and got to know a lot about the MLS and their teams.

John talked about the Kansas side and their manager Peter Vermnes today:

“There’s no doubt that Peter will have his players set up to play in a way we are accustomed to. But, their level of conditioning is obviously going to be different to ours.”

“They are halfway through their season and sitting in the middle of the Eastern Conference over here.”

“We are in for a difficult game because some of our guys have not had any football yet. But it’s what we want – it’s part of our preparations for the new season.”

“We need to deal with the heat, the stadium and the fans over here, who will be looking for a scalp.”

Carver seems to have been very impressed with the fantastic facilities at Kansas, and the  $200M Livestrong Sporting Park should be near its capacity of  almost 19,000 tonight  (18,467 is the capacity).

The Park only opened last summer and Manchester United were the visitors from England last July,  and they lost 2-1 to Kansas, even though the home side were reduced to 10 men in the first half, so it will not be easy for Newcastle tonight.

The MLS are also only allowing 5 subs, unless Kansas manager Vermes can get that changed today,  which he’s trying to do, so some Newcastle players may find it hard work to play the full 90 minutes in so much heat.

Carver continued:

“You look at the stadium they have here and it might turn some of our lads’ heads. Later in their careers they might fancy coming out here. It is a good experience for our guys and they are all looking forward to it.”

“Coming to a facility like this and playing at a fantastic stadium makes all the difference to our pre-season plans.”  “I’ve been looking forward to this for the last few weeks.”

“We now have to pick things up, albeit in the heat, for the game on Wednesday.”   “I think we have got quite a few fans out in the States. I’m sure they will come and watch us.”  

“I think it is important for our lads to see how much the MLS has developed since it kicked off.”

The Newcastle players were busy last night signing hundreds of autographs for the many fans who turned up, and of course Newcastle have a growing fan base over here in the US.

And with football being the world’s top game, it’s important for Newcastle to gain global appeal  quickly, so we wouldn’t be surprised if next summer the squad goes to Asia, where football is huge and growing in popularity very quickly.

And if you didn’t see our earlier report- here’s information for Newcastle fans regarding the game tonight, and arrangements that have been made by the fans over here.

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Any links?????

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  • coopertoon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    any links?????

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Any links?????

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  • http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/

    Might offer a link. It has the game pinned down on the schedule.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    http://www.myp2p.eu/

    Thats the 1 I usually use but just checked and there is nothing on for us….

    You can watch Leicester City or West Ham but not the TOON, whats that about??

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    No what i dont get is growing up how come its always the big mouth drinkers/fight starters that get the chance rather than the guy who is quality and plays atleaste 8 hours of footy a day?

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Lads try Adthe.me or EPL site , if the stream isnt on these two , I need a link aswell!! any links??

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  • jackdnufc

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    try myp2p.eu about an hour before KO

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  • jaw4life

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    TONIGHT

    is a win – win situation….if we loose, Pardew will be every more keen and it will be ever more apparent that we need to strengthen the squad ( and it doesnt matter it’s just a friendly…Man U lost here last year.)

    If we win, hopefully we will spank them and it will be enjoyable to watch the new players and new ‘style of play’ and will give us some confidence.

    WIN-WIN (or maybe thats just through my rose-tinted glasse 😉 )

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    @9

    Good call mate.
    Anyone guessing the starting XI??

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  • jaw4life

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    also…doesnt the Kansas coach look a little bit like Nigel Pearson

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    _________harps_______
    simmo____saylor__collo___jose

    __________Tiote________
    ___gosling___________jonas

    _____abeid_________ben arfa_
    __________Ba_________

    ??

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Cant wait for all the doom and gloomers to come on here when we loose.

    Missing barton and cabaye and they are much fitter than our lads at the moment so reckon we could struggle, but its nout to worry about.

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Anyone who’s interested in betting may take a fancy to BET365
    Got odds on the correct scores tonight, cant see us getting beat so just put a tenner on each of these scores
    1-1 @ 7/1
    0-0 @ 13/1
    1-0 @ 9/1
    2-0 @ 10/1
    2-1 @ 8.5/1
    3-0 @ 17/1
    3-1 @ 13/1

    1-1 I get my money back, anything else in profit, best case 3-0 and i make 100quid 🙂

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    ___________Foster
    Simmo _ Collo _ Saylor _ Tav

    Jonas _____ Tiote ____ Marv
    _________ Vuckic

    _________ Ben Arfa
    ___________ Ba

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  • jaw4life

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    My Starting Line-up would be.

    ……Ba……………………………………..
    ……………Best…………………………
    Jonas…HBA….Gosling………….
    …………..Tiote……………………….
    Jose….Colo…Staylor….Simo….

    What i think Pards will play in his new system

    …………..Best………………
    …………..HBA……………..
    Jonas…………..Gosling
    ………..Tiote….Smith……
    Jose…..Colo……Saylor..Simmo
    ………………………Krul…………..

    Changing to…

    ……….BA……..
    ……….Vuckic……..
    Marveaux………Jonas
    ………..Tiote…..Smith….
    Jose….Colo…..Saylor……Gosling
    …………Forster………..

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t think we’ll have a very good starting 11 since the MLS is claiming we’re only allowed to make 5 subs for the whole match.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    @16

    Love how you have done your lineups upside down compared to everyone else lol Ba or Best in goal!?

    Also, your first lineup has no keeper?

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  • Andy

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    You know you’re short of football when you’re looking forward to reading live updates of the chron site! The journos say there is no coverage on US TV so i doubt we’ll get a link

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    @14 unless we win 2-1 you lose a tener u headcase.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #21

    where did you get them prices m8 they are all better than mine

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    @20 – 7 bets at £10each is 70quid, 2-1 is 8.5/1 thats 85quid plus the 10 bet back is 95 which is 25pound more than 70… might wanna check your maths before you call me a headcase

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    lol If we win 6-0 he loses £80 ouch

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #24

    *£70

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  • GeordieDan

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    How long you reckon it’ll be before someone turns to Cheick and says “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore Tiote”? 😀

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    sorry bud thought it was 5-1

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  • Kris

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #27

    A big shame if the game is on no streams! Everyone let us all know if you can find a stream that might work…

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #28

    id say joey cabaye and ranger are wasted in the dam!

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #29

    nah its fine, i won £450 on what i thought was a daft horse accumulator yesterday so technically i wouldnt be loosing anything haha and bet365 boomboom, got to soccer, friendly’s then world friendly’s and the match is in there

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Eastander . .Lucky guy?

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  • I swear they claimed we can make 8-10 subs

    MLS are halfway thru their pre season? and dont want injuries, likewise Newcastle are not accustommed to the heat and therefore dehydration sets in… etc

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #32

    yeah i read something before where the kansas manager said they would be making about 10 subs…

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  • @Barryvenison

    Here is the article
    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/19/3024360/its-a-real-warm-up-for-sporting.html?

    “That’s why tonight’s game will be a little different from the usual soccer contest, where each side has three substitutions. Sporting coach Peter Vermes said the teams will use between eight and 10 subs”

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Eastander, your clearly a lucky lad but a word of warning, I once put £70 surefire bet on us to beat hartlepool in a friendly, horrible odds but I was convinced we would win…….convinced we would win….

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #35

    I take it we lost? cant remember the game

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #36

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2011/07/20/peter-vermes-goes-to-war-with-mls-officials-61634-29086009/

    @Vive – I just read that this morning so was a bit worried but hopefully your right and it turns out to be false.

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37

    like i said though i’m betting with winnings, i would never bet that kinda money out my pocket, anyone know of any kansas city players we should be watching out for btw? saw something from pardew the other day saying he’s not ruling out dipping into the MLS market

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  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #38

    also, i saw mclaren saying he’s growing frustrated at not getting enough players in and we want rid of players, why dont we offer lovenkrands, routledge and guthrie or something, and then smith and ranger on loan plus 1m for max gradel from leeds, would be so much easier

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #39

    @33

    Kansas are gonna want to do loads of subs too, they are mid season over there.

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Yep can’t remember the score but I was gutted i’d only done it cos I was relatively skint

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