It has now emerged that Sunderland’s pre season friendlies are marching alongside Newcastle United’s.

Newcastle play third tier USA side Sacramento Republic in the Californian city on Saturday 18 July.

However, Sunderland have just announced their own overseas schedule and that sees them also heading for California, they will play two matches at the same Bonney Field venue, facing Sacramento Republic on Tuesday 14 July and then Mexican side Pachuca on Friday 17 July, only 24 hours before Newcastle face Sacramento.

The mackems complete their matches overseas with a visit to play John Carver’s only previous managerial appointment, Toronto FC, on Wednesday 22 July.

Newcastle’s other two matches over in the States feature games against Mexican club Atlas FC in Milwaukee on Tuesday 14 July, before concluding their fixtures on Tuesday 21 July with a game against Portland Timbers’s second team, who as well as Sacramento play in the third tier (United Soccer League) of football in America.

Whilst any mischief between fans would appear unlikely over in Sacramento, British Transport Police have already stated they will have an increased presence at stations and on trains on Wednesday 29 July.

Newcastle play at York in a friendly that night, with Sunderland also playing at Doncaster – with signifcant numbers of fans expected to travel to both games, including many taking advantage of the convenient train option.