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Sporting Kansas City 0 – 0 Newcastle United: Ben Arfa stretchered off

July 21st, 2011 | 21 Comments |

Sporting Kansas City 0 - 0 Newcastle United
Down but not out
Newcastle United get their US pre-season tour underway with a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City and Ben Arfa is stretchered off with a leg injury.

The 100 degree Fahrenheit climate was described as ‘brutally hot’ in Kansas as Newcastle lined up to take on Sporting Kansas City in the first of three matches as part of a pre-season tour of the United States.

The weather, combined with an in-form opposition who are unbeaten in 11 games, transpired to create a 0-0 draw.

Newcastle started with:

Tim Krul.
Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez.
Peter Lovenkrands, Dan Gosling, Cheik Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux.
Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba.

Jonas played at left-back, Lovenkrands was on the right wing and Ben Arfa was up front with Demba Ba.

Sporting Kansas tried to take advantage of our unfamiliarity with such hot weather by keeping the tempo of the game high but we were up to the task, at least defensively. (more…)