European Qualification Curtails Another US Visit By Newcastle

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.

Alan Pardew – has led Newcastle to great success in first full season

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?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Ed from USA????

    Serious question


    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    First gap in fixtures where the sh*t hasen’t hit the fan maybe things are looking up.

    Also thought the pre season tour was set for Asia this year?

  • martoon

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Toon_Tom @1 – Have a look on the home page, left hand side, towards the bottom – that will answer your question!

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheers Martoon 🙂

    A simple “YES” would have sufficed but i appreciate your navigational techniques and for directing me to the information i required 😉

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyway, team Vs Stoke:


  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Tom toon,

    Not a fan, but we will need willo’s height

    technically ed is a geordie living in the usa but is not from there.

  • check the toastie

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Willo should play against Stoke, quite clear the reasons for that, Perch to replace simpson, extra height and has been playing much better lately, hope we can whoop them, and hope they dont crock one or two of our players, bunch of hatchet men.

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree on the hight needed, but I just do not rate Williamson in the slightest. He is the weekest link, a liability and his hight (IMO) does not make up for his lack of footballing brains!

    When defending set-pieces, long throws etc the Dembas do doubt will track back to provide the “hight” cover that is needed.

    I see both your points, i am just not a fan of Williamson and Perchinho is much more solid, capable and if needs be he could get a shoulder carry from Colo to defend corners 😉


    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Simmo, Williamson and Colo will all start lb is up in the air Raylor/Perch/Santon/Jonas are all very possible for it I’d say. Cabs and Tiote will start Guthrie or Jonas in the middle 3 with them and front 3 should stay the same

    I’d pluck for Jonas lb and Guthrie cm

  • martoon

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon_Tom – I thought it easier for you to read it yourself than explain ‘Ed is an exhiled Geordie living in USA…………’
    Got to agree.with Rotonda about your team it would be suicide to have Perch at CB instead of Willo (remember Norwich away). However playing Perch at one of the fullback positions would make sense to improve our heading ability when defending.

  • Geordiedownunder

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    How about sharing it around Ed…. they’ve never been to Oz and you want them 2 years running??
    Just a tad further I know, but we’d love to see them here…
    PS Hope the recuperation is going to plan old fella!

  • markmac

    Apr 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #12

    didnt realise you were based in USA Ed, looks like the lads will be doing plenty of air miles next season anyway !


  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Personally I’m pleased we’re not going to the US. It caused injury and fatigue last time round.

  • NewEnglandGeordie

    Apr 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    As a US fan, I’m disappointed, because seeing them play live would be fantastic, and it would be great to get some more fans over here. Too many of the US top athletes play awful sports with no worldwide competition. I want a proper national football team!

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Geordiedownunder – I am an Aussie that just moved to LA and I was keen for them to come here again so I could try and catch them! If they went to Australia just after I left that would kill me. That being said I dont think they will go to Aus because of the distance. Its a mega flight, one of the longest in the world. Am quite excited to hear we have an Aussie lad Curtis Good on trial. Dont know much about him but that be good to have one on the team.

  • toonarmymags

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #16

    ED will let you into a secret about the brown ale add it was filmed at hartlepool and my mate was the actor whos hands were used ,and hes from newcastle .I seem the add during the stream for the toon game the other week its on youtube if anyone else wants to see it newcastle brown ale brewer


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