Newcastle cast doubt on USA pre-season trip
Newcastle United have confirmed that they’ve had talks regarding heading to the USA this summer but deny that any final decision has been taken.
Details of a six team tournament in Dallas running from the 9th to the 19th of July were released by media in America earlier this week, with Lyon, Pachua, Malaga, Raja Casablanca and Swansea named alongside United as participants.
However, John Carver has acknowledged that the tournament is taking place but that Newcastle haven’t signed off on it yet:
“It is one of the options, there are a number of options but nothing has been confirmed.
“There is all sorts going on and I have been involved in the process, it is one of the options but nothing has been nailed down.”
This is what we reported earlier in the week when news broke in America of the tournament:
Dallas Fort Worth will feature six teams from around the world with Newcastle United joined by Lyon (France), Pachuca (Mexico), Swansea , Malaga (Spain) and Raja Casablanca (Morocco) from July 9-19.
The games will be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
An outline schedule has been released and the location of which games will be played at which stadium (Cotton Bowl/Toyota Stadium) will be announced at a later date.
The groups are:
Newcastle United, Lyon, Raja Casablanca
Pachuca, Malaga, Swansea City
The outline schedule is:
Saturday 11 July
Newcastle v Lyon 7:30pm ET
Sunday 12 July
Pachuca v Malaga, 7:30pm ET
Tuesday 14 July
Newcastle v Raja Casablanca 5:30pm ET
Swansea v Malaga 7:30pm ET
Thursday 16 July
Lyon v Raja Casablanca 5:30pm ET
Swansea v Pachuca 7:30pm ET
Saturday 18 July
Group A 3rd placed team v Group B 3rd placed team, 5:30pm ET
Group B 2nd placed team v Group A 2nd placed team, 7:30pm ET
Sunday, July 19
Group A 1st placed team v Group B 1st placed team, 7:30pm ET
(The tournament format includes teams being drawn into two groups of three teams each, 3 points will be awarded to participating teams for each win and zero points for a loss, a penalty shoot-out will follow each drawn game after normal regulation play with the winner awarded 2 points and the loser 1 point.
After the group matches are played, last-placed teams in each group play for the fifth and sixth positions.
Second-placed teams in each group play for the third and fourth positions.
First-placed teams in each group will play for the championship trophy, and therefore first and second place.)
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