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This summer Newcastle United are heading across the Atlantic to take part in a pre-season Stateside Tour.

 

The Magpies will be taking on Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew in a trio of friendly matches during the trip to America, and we have pulled together all the information you need to know about the teams and locations we will be visiting.

 

You can also WIN a trip for two to Orlando to follow the team and receive VIP behind the scenes access. To enter, all you have to do is sign up to a season ticket or Club Membership. This prize is brought to you in association with Thomas Cook Sport, Newcastle United's official travel partner.

 

 

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Date: Wednesday, July 20

Opposition: Sporting Kansas City

Venue: Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas

Tickets: Please click the below button and user offer code TOON

 

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United's first port of call on the Stateside tour will be Major League Soccer's newest soccer-specific stadium - the Livestrong Sporting Park, in Kansas.

 

Constructed at a cost of $200 million, the home of Sporting Kansas City will play host to a 2011 Concacaf Gold Cup double header in June 14, featuring the United States men's national team, before the visit of Newcastle on Wednesday, July 20,

 

Last summer, Sporting Kansas City defeated Manchester United in front of more than 52,000 fans at the Arrowhead Stadium, the largest crowd to ever attend a football match in Kansas City. They also hosted the Clasico between Mexico's two most popular clubs, Chivas Guadalajara and Club America, in 2009.

  

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 Date: Saturday, July 23

Opposition: Orlando City

Venue: To Be Confirmed

Tickets: Please click the below button and user offer code TOON

 

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Just three days after their first fixture, Newcastle will be in the Sunshine State of Florida to take on Orlando City, whose head coach is former Everton, Manchester and Burnley midfielder Adrian Heath.

 

The Lions were only founded in 2010 and are making their debut in the American Division of the new USL Professional Division - the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid - this season.

 

Among their playing ranks are ex-Stoke and Carlisle midfielder Lewis Neal, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Luke Boden, and Jamaican international defender Demar Stewart.

 

  

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Date: Tuesday, July 26

Opposition: Columbus Crew

Venue: Crew Stadium 

Tickets: Please click the below button and user offer code tooncolumbus

 

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Newcastle will complete their Stateside tour with a friendly against Columbus Crew, 11 years to the day after last facing the Ohio-based outfit.

 

On that occasion in 2000, under the management of Sir Bobby Robson the Magpies played out a 2-2 draw, with Carl Cort grabbing a brace.

 

This time round, the exhibition match will kick off at 7.30pm on Tuesday, July 26, with individual advance ticket prices starting at $24. Tickets are already on sale at the Crew Stadium Box Office, all central Ohio Ticketmaster retail locations, via Ticketmaster phone at 614-431-3600 and online at thecrew.com.

 

Crew president and general manager Mark McCullers said: "We are pleased once again to bring top-flight international soccer right here to Columbus and to provide the best competitive challenge for our team. The English Premier League is arguably the best league in the world and Newcastle United is one of its most storied clubs."

 

The Black and Gold have played a number of Premier League clubs in recent years, beating Leeds 2-1 in 1997, overcoming Fulham 2-1 in 2005 and drawing 1-1 with Everton in 2006. In 2007, they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa and a year later they lost by the same score to West Ham.

 

 

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Fancy going Stateside with the Toon this summer?

Newcastle United will be on tour in the United States this summer, taking in matches against Sporting Kansas City on July 20, Orlando City on July 23 and finishing up against Columbus Crew on July 26, and you can book your place on the tour by entering our free prize draw.

Up for grabs is a 7 night trip to Orlando, Florida for one lucky supporter and his or her guest. Win the prize and you'll get up close and personal with exclusive behind the scenes access to the team on the Florida leg of their tour.

The lucky winner will get to:
// Stay in same hotel as the team
// Take part in a private training session with NUFC coaches and players
// Have dinner with the players and management in the team hotel
// Watch the Orlando City match from the Directors Box
// Attend the post match press conference

Plus you'll also have free time to take in some of the other attractions that Orlando has to offer such as Disney World and Universal Studios.

The prize includes:
// Return flights from Newcastle to Orlando, Florida
// 7 nights hotel accommodation in Orlando
// £500 spending money

 

This prize is brought to you in association with Thomas Cook Sport, Newcastle United's official travel partner.



To enter you simply need to buy a 2011-12 season ticket or club membership by 14 June 2011.

Anyone that has already renewed their season ticket for the 2011-12 season, or purchased a new style membership after 6 December 2010, will be automatically entered into the free prize draw.

Sign up for club membership at any Official Club Store, by calling the Box Office on 0844 372 1892 or online. Club membership now lasts for 12 months so sign up today and your membership will not expire until May 2012.


 

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