Here are the official details: Sporting Kansas City will host English Premier League side Newcastle United F.C. on Wednesday, July 20th at Livestrong Sporting Park. The match will be included in all Kansas City season ticket packages.
“This match will continue the presence of prominent soccer matches in Kansas City and will be an outstanding opportunity for supporters to see Sporting Kansas City play against another strong team from the English Premier League,” Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said. “We are excited to bring a club that has such a passionate following and we are hopeful that their great fans will join us in Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park on July 20th.”
The match is the second international event scheduled for the brand-new state-of-the-art stadium at The Legends in Kansas City, Kansas.
“Myself and the team are really looking forward to coming to America in the summer and playing against Sporting Kansas City,” Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said. “We’re planning a few days training in Kansas City before the game, which will form an integral part of our build-up for the 2011-12 season. I know Manchester United were in Kansas City last year and went home beaten, so we know full well what a tough game it will be for us, but that is exactly the sort of challenge we will be looking for.”
In preparation for the friendly, which has been brokered by Santio Sports and Entertainment, the EPL club is expected to hold training sessions at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park (formerly Swope Park Training Center, 6310 Lewis Rd., Kansas City, Mo) from July 17 through July 19 as part of their pre-season. VIP packages, including the opportunity to attend a Newcastle United training session, an exclusive autograph session with Newcastle players and a coaches’ clinic with the team's technical staff, will be made available at a later date.
“We’re delighted also to be able to put on a technical clinic for the coaches in Kansas City, which we hope will assist with the development of the sport in the region," Pardew said. "It should be a very good week for all concerned and I would like to express our thanks to the people of Kansas City for extending the invitation to us.”
Newcastle United, commonly referred to as The Magpies and The Toon, have a long history at the top level of professional soccer in England, dating back to their origins as a club in 1892. Newcastle’s legacy includes iconic players such as Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole in recent generations. The four-time first division champions have also won six FA Cups and the European Fairs Cup in 1969. The club is well-known in the modern era of European competition, having also advanced to the semi-finals of the 2003-04 UEFA Cup and advancing out of the group stage in the 2002-03 UEFA Champions League.