News today in the Evening Chronicle, that Newcastle were planning to come across the pond again this summer, for the second year in a row.
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As we have mentioned over the last day or two, Newcastle’s plans for the summer have been put on hold, until Newcastle know which European competition they will be in next season.
However, one casualty already seems to be that Newcastle will not play in the US, as had been originally planned.
Major League Soccer sources have confirmed that Newcastle were lined up to play in the MLS All Star game in Philadelphia on July 25 at PPL Park, where the Philadelphia Union play.
That game was definite, and it would have given Newcastle tremendous publicity over here, and the plan was to play at least one other game in the US.
Of course Newcastle have a big following over here in the US, and US fans have closely followed the club’s progress from relegation in May of 2009, when the sky fell in, to having a chance to be in the Premier League top four, and all within a short three year time-frame.
And we are now getting the Newcastle Brown Ale commercials over here on the Fox Soccer Channel – the one about why they concentrate on the brewer’s hands – and some will soon link that great beer with Newcastle United.
It seems that with Newcastle doing so very well this season, and on worldwide TV most weekends, they are now in big demand in the summer.
A trip to the US in late July will not now happen, as Newcastle could be in play-off dates on August 21 or 22 and then August 28 or 29 in the Champions League, with the Europa League play-offs taking place later in the same two weeks.
So it seems prudent to cancel the American tour, which seems to have been in place.
That’s a pity, but since its based on Newcastle’s phenomenal success this season, another US tour will have to wait – maybe next summer?