There were some rumors today that for the second time in three summers, Newcastle United could be touring the USA, and it seems another possible venue could be the Far East..
Alan Pardew – looking at various scenarios
There were some hints even at the end of last years’ pre-season games, that Newcastle may return to the US this summer, after last year’s pre-season games got submarined, when the Vodacom Challenge in South Africa didn’t take place, and was canceled at the last moment.
Derek LLambias then had a few weeks to arrange some pre-season games, which he ended up doing, and we had some decent pre-season games given the circumstances.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the potential summer tour today:
“We’re looking at various scenarios.” “Obviously, we had the disappointment of South Africa getting canceled on us last year.” “That’s a process we don’t want to repeat.”
“We got really let down in pre-season last year.” “We don’t want to put ourselves in that situation again.” “It’s ongoing between myself, Lee Charnley and Derek.”
We think the US could be a likely venue again because of the money Newcastle can demand for their games against MLS teams, and there’s a lot of interest in top English sides over here.
And that’s especially true after Newcastle have done so well in Europe this season, already reaching the last eight..
Newcastle played against Orlando City, Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew in the United States during the summer of 2011.
But that tour took its toll on the players and there were long air flights between the venues, and of course the temperatures are really high in late June and July – and often top 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the afternoons.
Hopefully Newcastle will get something sorted out soon, and as Alan says we don’t have the unfortunate circumstances of last year.
Since the heat was a problem for our players last time they toured the US, maybe locations where the lads will play become important, as well as the travel schedule.
There’s also growing support for Newcastle United in the US.
It seems that the Far East and Hong Kong, where football is also growing quickly, could also be a potential tour venue.
Which of the venues would you like the lads to tour this summer?
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