Speaking to the club’s official website, he spoke of the trip as a chance to “focus completely on our job without any distractions”. He will also have a chance to get a good look at the club’s recent signings, and also some of the younger players who may be pushing for a place with the big lads. Pardew said of the trip:
“I know the facilities are top, top drawer, it’s good and accessible for our fans to see us.
“The training conditions are perfect, the competition will be good, and importantly we can focus completely on our job without any distractions – the food, language and climate won’t take any adjusting to and we can just get on with things.”
Pardew’s attention then turned to youngsters such as striker Sammy Ameobi and winger / left full back, Shane Ferguson, who has already made something of a first team breakthrough, showing some promise. They could be included in the squad that will visit the US, and Pardew said of the youngsters:
“It’s massive for them. They’ve got to make a breakthrough if not this year then the following season.
“They’ve positioned themselves well and the pre-season will be important for them to knock on the door, and we’ll see what happens.”
Newcastle United fixtures in the United States will be:
Sporting Kansas City (July 20),
Orlando City (July 23)
Columbus Crew (July 26)
Other pre-season friendlies announced so far are an away trip to Darlington, which precedes the U.S. Tour on the 15th July. Tickets are not on sale yet but according to the club they are “likely to be released next week” (week beginning 4th July). Darlington have allocated 5378 tickets, with the whole of the Darlington Arena’s North Stand being set aside for Magpies fans. When tickets are on sale it is believed that they will be £10.
Finally there will be another away fixture after Newcastle’s return from the United States, this time to face Leeds at Elland Road on 31st July. There don’t seem to be many details on this one yet, though tickets are thought to be around £15 for this fixture.
Here’s hoping that the lads get off to a good start!