July 18, 2011
On Wednesday, Newcastle visit Sporting KC in the first game of our US tour. The MLS club have played in the league since its formation in 1993. Formerly known as Kansas City Wizards, Sporting re-branded in November 2010 when moving into their new 18,500 seater purpose-built stadium Livestrong Sporting Park.
Last year Sporting beat Manchester United 2 v 1 in a friendly at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, so they will provide some solid opposition.
For any NFL fans out there - Chad Ochocinco is an honourary member of the Sporting KC squad!
Ahead of Wednesday's clash, Sporting forward CJ Sapong shared his thoughts on the game, the MLS and more:
July 15, 2011
On July 23rd Newcastle head to Orlando to face up against one of America's newest and most ambitious football clubs.
Orlando City S.C. were founded late in 2010 - Stoke City Director Phil Rawlins moved the Austin Aztecs to Orlando and Orlando City were born. Orlando have big ambitions - they want to bring a MLS franchise to Orlando within 3 - 5 years and they have made a very positive start to footballing life.
Managed by former Everton star Adrian Heath and with an obvious English influence on and off the field (their assistant manager Ian Fuller is a big Newcastle fan), 2011 has seen them post a record of: P31, W19, D7, L5, F52, A24 - an impressive start.
Erik Ustruck wears number 8 for City and this week he shared his thoughts with me on the up and coming game as well as football in the USA:
July 9, 2011
One of the most popular talking points amongst Newcastle fans in this off season has been about which keeper should start the season as number 1. It is the only area of the squad in which we have three solid options all vying for one spot.
Opinions vary greatly with each keeper seemingly having their fair share of supporters and critics.
Below I highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each of the candidates - and I would love to hear your thoughts too.
July 7, 2011
If, like me, you are suffering from football withdrawal symptoms and you are in the North East this weekend, get yourself along to Birtley Town Football Club for the Northern Leagues United Onagawa Cup.
This will be a great day out and for a good cause - all details can be found by clicking on the link below:
July 6, 2011
Despite having only one outfield player in the England ranks at any level from U16 to senior (Adam Campbell, U16's), the future is bright at the Newcastle United Academy.
There are few things better than seeing an Academy kid make it - especially if the kid is a Geordie.
Over the years you could build a world beating football team from players born on Tyneside - Shearer, the Charlton's, Gazza, Beardo, Milburn, Brian Robson - the list is immense. In recent years the Tyneside World-beater production line has slowed down, though plans are afoot to combat this.
Having said that many of the current crop are adopted Geordie's!
So who will break through into the first team this season? Will anyone? By making the break through I mean feature regularly not just play a couple of games like Fergie did last season.
Here are the likely lads:
One of Newcastle's new crop of youngsters
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July 4, 2011
In a couple of weeks time I will be interviewing Newcastle United's versatile Scouser Ryan Taylor, and I would very much like to base the interview around questions from you, the fans.
If you have a question for Ryan (be as creative as you like, within reason!) then leave them on the comments section below (I wont publish them until after the interview) or on my Twitter account @MarcSDuffy
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Marc Duffy is a National Account Manager in the alcoholic drinks industry - a career in alcohol was obviously the natural step after following Newcastle United for all of his 32 years. Marc blames his father for his obsession with Newcastle United - since attending his first game at the age of 4 Marc has endured many ups and downs, and despite the lack of silverware remains positive that a trophy will be won at some point in his lifetime! (Wait, does the Intertoto cup not count?) Follow Marc on Twitter @MarcSDuffy