Newcastle complete their pre season tour of America with a friendly against Portland Timbers, the match kicking off at 7.30pm local time on Tuesday night, which is 3.30am on Wednesday morning in the UK.
The hosts will be providing live online coverage of the match via this link.
Whilst Portland Timbers do play in the MLS, the game is actually billed as being against their second team (T2) who play in the third tier of football in America, alongside Sacramento Republic, who United were very fortunate to beat at the weekend.
As for Newcastle, fans will be hoping to see new signing Georginio Wijnaldum playing from the start.
The artificial surface means that Fabricio Coloccini is all but certain not to play as he has an Achilles problem, whilst the surface may also rule out those who have recent made a comeback from injury, such as Steven Taylor.
When the game was first announced, Portland Timbers said that they would probably play a few players from the first team on top of their usual second team.
However, it now looks it could be a truer test for Newcastle as the Timbers’ coach Caleb Porter has now indicated that there will be stronger first team representation than first thought.
This is partly to give some players game time who didn’t feature in the first team at the weekend, whilst also providing a better spectacle for their fans against Premier League opposition.
Oregon Live reported:
Porter said some first team players could play 45 minutes or 90 minutes in the match. He said that Timbers players , George Fochive, Nick Besler, Andy Thoma, Taylor Peay and Anthony Manning will likely play a full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s game.
While Portland players Maximiliano Urruti, Gaston Fernandez and Rodney Wallace will likely play 45 minutes in the match. Other first team players could see minutes as well.
“We’ll want a mixture of some first team guys in that game. They are a good team, so to give ourselves a chance and also to give the fans a little bit of an exciting game, we want to put some guys in that game.”
Hopefully Newcastle can step up on the three very average at best displays so far in pre season, with Newcastle fans hoping Wijnaldum plays from the start and helps to energise those around him, whilst also playing his own game.