Newcastle To Play In Milwaukee, Sacramento And Portland


Newcastle United have today confirmed three game in a US Tour that takes them to Milwaukee in the far north of the country on Lake Michigan and then west to Sacramento, the capital of California,  and then north on the west coast up to Portland in Oregon.

Here is map showing the three places Newcastle will visit  – I’m hoping it will come through.



Here’s what the club have just announced about the summer tour on their web-site.

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Newcastle United have confirmed three friendly fixtures in the United States in July as part of the club’s 2015/16 pre-season program.

The Magpies will face three clubs in three US cities during the transatlantic tour, with fixtures against Mexican and American opposition in Milwaukee, Sacramento and Portland.

United will first face Mexican side Club Atlas in Milwaukee on Tuesday, 14th July (kick-off 8pm local time), with the game taking place at Miller Park – the 41,900-capacity home of Major League Baseball franchise the Milwaukee Brewers.

Club Atlas finished third overall in the Mexican top flight in 2014/15, narrowly missing out on the CONCACAF Champions League but securing a place in the prestigious Copa Libertadores.

Newcastle’s second fixture will see the Magpies in California to face United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic FC; the game taking place at Republic FC’s Bonney Field stadium on Saturday, 18th July (kick-off 8pm local time).

An MLS-affiliated franchise, Sacramento Republic are coached by former Everton and Portsmouth winger Predrag Radosavljevic.

United will wrap up their US preparations against Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Tuesday, 21st July (kick-off 7.30pm local time, subject to change).

The Timbers currently sit sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings, two points behind fifth-placed LA Galaxy.

Lee Charnley, Managing Director at Newcastle United, said:

“We are delighted to have secured these three matches in the US as part of our pre-season schedule. This trip will play a key part in getting the team’s fitness and preparation absolutely right ahead of the new season.”

“It will also enable us to build on last year’s successful tour of New Zealand; helping us develop and strengthen the Newcastle United brand internationally and reach new audiences as we seek to increase our global fan base.”

“The US is a key territory for the Premier League and the huge increase in the numbers of US viewers watching Premier League games over the last couple of seasons mean this is a perfect time for us to head across the Atlantic.”

“We also know we have a number of strong and enthusiastic fan groups based in the States and we look forward to engaging with as many of them as possible them during this tour.”

As well as games in the United States, the Magpies will play a number of domestic pre-season fixtures which will be confirmed shortly.

Ticket information for all pre-season fixtures will be confirmed on nufc.co.uk in due course.

The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season gets underway on the weekend of 8th-9th August 2015, with a full fixture list set to be announced on Wednesday, 17th June.

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And news just coming through is the FBI seem to have been somewhat effective in their probe into FIFA –  Sepp Blatter hasjust resigned.

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288 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Well it will be a good excuse when we loose our first half dozen games this coming season – jetlag, too hot, too many miles we travelled

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  • Thump

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, it’s fantastic we can throw together some friendly matches after having to cancel them all because we were battling relegation.

    For crying out loud, Penfold, do your bloody job.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s possibly akin to saying I prefer standing in cat turd than rather than dog turd but I actually prefer welshgeordie9 to toonbotherer.

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  • toonbrother

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    If We get Mclaren Ashley should be knighted
    On the spot!

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #5

    BBC web site two hours ago…..Viera clearly was never in the running and was never interviewed so Lies Lies Lies all the way …Chanley isn’t fit to sweep the floor yet alone run the club.

    Patrick Vieira is out of the running to become the new head coach of Newcastle United with ex-England manager Steve McClaren favourite to get the job.
    Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Vieira, 38, City’s under-21 manager, had been considered as a replacement for John Carver.
    But both parties opted not to pursue a possible deal following differences over recruitment and transfer policy.
    McClaren is tipped to take over after being sacked by Derby last month.
    Carver had also wanted to take the job on a permanent basis after acting as caretaker since Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace in January.
    The 50-year-old, who guided Newcastle to Premier League safety on the final day of the season when a 2-0 win over West Ham gave them a first win in 11 games, is expected to stay on the coaching staff at St James’ Park.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    still not convinced Mc is daft enough to take this job he must no the fans don’t want him and about the club and its owner one thing that no one has brought up he is a friend of KK and often played golf at wynyard so he must have the inside track there

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Nice for the club to want to engage with the fan groups in the US because they certainly don’t engage with fan groups over here.

    Also not keen on this FBI probe into FIFA, money went through American banks so they presume it’s their right to once again police the world….typical.

    Good that Blatter is gone though, can’t do any harm. Need to stop the world cup in Qatar now, not bothered about the alleged bribes but we certainly shouldn’t award a country a world cup where workers are dying due to poor health and safety and terrible conditions….football isn’t worth it.

    I urge all people to join in writing to the FA, Prime Minister and Local MP’s to encourage England to lead a boycott of that world cup.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Good luck marketing a team that did not win a game in nine matches, has not replaced its manager since January and has perhaps the worst relationship with its Supporters in the whole PL.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Great work charmless great work.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #10

    At the current rate it is alleged the world cup stadium/infrastructure building out there will cost 2000 lives.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #11

    lochinvar
    Brilliant, the balls between the holes.

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  • toonbrother

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Only daft fans would prefer a hotheaded neophyte like viera over a proven league winner like stevie mac
    Thankfully Charlnley and ashley knew better
    phew

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #13

    On the manager front…I’m not keen on Mcclaren but he isn’t too bad. Very mixed record in his time, has won a few things and has a lot of experience around Europe too.

    Would prefer us to go for a more exciting manager, somebody who will try to get us playing a good brand of football with passion but as far as middle of the road managers go he is probably one of the better options with a better style than the likes of allerdyce or pulis.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Transfer sage I have a hunch when the rest of Blatters pals bite the dust the Qatar world cup will be biting the dust too.

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  • dazzler

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Toonbrother

    Serious question. What has McClaren done in his career to earn such a high reputation in your mind?

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  • toonbrother

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Won the Dutch League
    Next Question!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #17

    199Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    It’s possibly akin to saying I prefer standing in cat turd than rather than dog turd but I actually prefer welshgeordie9 to toonbotherer.

    Thanks for the compliment, wow two 2 in 2 days from jail and BandB, see if i can get another 2 from average and tuff, now now welshie you are pushing it there.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Pokat

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh I see. Carver guided us to safety then. So that’s what that was.

    Well isn’t this pre season a nice little marketing jolly for Sportsy D and the Fat Girls? Meh Meh and thrice MEH!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    belfast

    Hopefully….it shouldn’t be ever going to a country with such appalling human rights records to begin with though. It’s terrible how they treat their migrant workers.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Still think we’ll end up with garde. With the US the fan base and attendences for soccer are certainly growing but why couldn’t we have got games like Philadelphia, DC and New York. Or is the point that those cities have strong support for arsenal, Chelsea and man utd so we’ll avoid those.

    We need a football person on board, ie hoddle. I’d even take a chance on him over McLaren.

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  • mickalfas

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Good for Ashley,no doubt they’ll have to have portable shite direct billboards plastered all over the USA as part of the contract
    Roll on his next billion
    Makes me want to vomit

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #22

    nothing to see here
    move along now

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  • geordie157

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    It was Gutierrez who helped guide us to safety, only to receive a phone call referred to him by taylor to say thanks but you are out of here! Such a great image everyone has of our club now.

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  • toonbrother

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Stevie Mac will surpass Sir Bobby at NUFC
    Mark my words
    SGITR

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #25

    toonbrother
    How about Di Matteo? He have won Champions League.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Sacramento Republic FC? Ahahahahahahahahahaha. What the h*ll? What a waste of time. The attendance for the game will be the parents of the Sacramento players at best.

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  • toonbrother

    Jun 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Gutierez is a hero for beating cancer but to say he guided us to saftey is a crock of S**T

    He was a rubbish player for us most of the time he was here
    I remember most on this blog cursing pardew out for playing him so often

    Cant wait to Mclaren in the dug out
    SGITR

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  • toonbrother

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Dimatteo was lucky. Hence his failure to achieve anything of note ever since

    Mclaren also guided Boro to the UEFA cup final
    Everyone in the game knows he is superb coach

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  • Dingo†®

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I live in Portland… happy days!!!! it will be a sell out here they are football mad in this city.

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  • Dingo†®

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    oh and

    Mclaren is a gimp

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Six players out so far. And several more to go as well I hope (a hearty handshake or should I say phone call) to Willo, Gouffy, Riviere, Obertan, and Saylor. That’s 11 gone. Surely then it might be a good idea to bring some decent playes in? No, wait we don’t do good ideas. We’re Newcastle United. All we need is a squad strong enough to play Sacramento Republic FC. Hahahahahahahaha.

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  • Sleepin Giant

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Blatter finally resigns but recommends Mike Ashley as the honest broker with the in depth football knowledge and business integrity to succeed him

    You couldn’t make it up

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #33

    we lost all 5 of our first matches in the prem.. couldn’t get over the jetlag line

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #34

    What do you think Dingo mate? Is Sacramento Republic FC a good club for us to play to make us a household name in the US?

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #35

    “if” we gt mcclaren he would prob be the best manager we have had in quite some time !

    thats not hard to do though considering we have had carver /pardew/kinear ect.

    i just think most of us was hoping we would have gone for a manager who wants to win things badly and not a manager who’s got safety as a priority ! we want some silverware as a priority please.

    tbf i personaly thought carver would have seen us safe without any hassle since we was 9th and that he would have been plenty good enough but obv i was very very wrong so i’m not the best person to have an opinion on mcclaren.

    for me its always been remi garde but that aint gonna happen ! viera would have been an exciting risk that could have gone either way !

    but mc is a safe option imo no risk but no challenge either.

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonbrother@16
    Wow your really easily impressed!!
    So in your opinion is Mclaren the best manager we can get based on his dutch league performance or do you think that there are more ambitious choices we could make for our hc position?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #37
  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #38

    “Between me and the head coach and Graham, it’s a relationship that will have to develop. He will have to trust and believe in what we do.” LC 20.1.15

    I guess there is not many that have the same belief and ability to trust, that will also take up the role of Head Coach in a no win situation. IMO the policy needs to be developed to appeal and accommodate a wider selection of possible candidates.

    When I go clothes shopping with a strict idea of what I want, I can never find anything to buy. After an examination of what is available I am able to select items that I feel the most comfortable with.

    LC needs to quickly reassess his parameters about the candidate for Head Coach to confirm he fits into the ‘bigger picture’ and not just cheap and congenial.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #39

    In mcclaren we trust, he can be our new hero replacing our ex hero.

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  • lesh

    Jun 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #40

    If they’re gonna interview Carver, will it be a telephone interview conducted by errr…

    And rather than pi$$ about with a pre-season tour, I’d have preferred to see some.positive movement to get a credible HC in.

    Just a thought, pre-season tour to the States and Carver’s just back from the USA…..

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