Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is looking forward to the game with Sporting Kansas tonight.
Newcastle squad training in the heat yesterday
Here’s the current standings in the MLS so you can see that Kansas are in mid-table in the Eastern Conference, and apparently are unbeaten in the last 11 games, but a number of those were draws.
Alan seems pleased with both the facilities at Kansas and the way the Newcastle squad has been welcomed in the mid-west, and we suppose most of the lads will return with sunburns because the weather has again been around 100 degrees F, and of course a red hot sun every day, at this time of year in the US.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today:
“We’ve had a great couple of days in Kansas and the training has gone really well. It’s red hot out here but the lads have been looking after themselves, keeping hydrated, and we’re ready for our first game.”
“All the lads and the coaching staff are delighted to be here, we’ve been treated really well and everyone here has made us feel very welcome. It’s an ideal environment for a pre-season camp and it should prove very beneficial to us all.”
“Not having the three lads here (Barton, Cabaye and Ranger) is a bit disappointing, especially Yohan, with him just joining a few weeks ago. But it’s something we’ve overcome and we’re cracking on with things.”
“I’ve been speaking to the Kansas staff and their manager. They’re really looking forward to playing us which should make for a great game, and they’re on a great run of form too – undefeated in their last eleven games in the MLS.”
“It was actually Sir Alex Ferguson who recommended Kansas to us in terms of being good opposition to play and a club with first class training facilities. He was spot-on because the training pitches are immaculate and that’s crucially important to our preparation. I’m grateful to Sir Alex for his recommendation.”
“Most of the lads will be involved on Wednesday night; it’s a game where I’ll be using the full squad where I can as the heat will obviously dictate that.”
“I must also say a word about the Coaching Clinic John and my other staff conducted last night. It was a fantastic night and one that was a great experience not only for our staff but for all the coaches and children from Kansas who attended.”
The coaching clinic they gave yesterday was a pre-arranged deal, and football (called soccer over here because of American football) seems to be catching on as the country followed the US woman’s team throughout the Woman’s World Cup.
The team came a cropper in the final against Japan on Sunday, and Japan finally won on penalties.
The US dominated that first half and should have been well ahead by half time, but you cannot win games when you miss so many chances – and the game was a lot like Arsenal games, where the London side dominates but misses all their chances.
And of course Japan lost one of their group games – to England – but the news is that football (s0ccer) has gained a little more support over here with the excellent woman’s run in the World Cup.
It will be a tough test for our lads tonight, and it will be interesting to see how they play and how they fare against a competitive Sporting Kansas side.