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Sporting Kansas City to meet Newcastle United

Sporting Kansas City will host English Premier League club Newcastle United on Wednesday, July 20th in an international friendly at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The match will be included in all Sporting Kansas City season ticket packages, which are currently available for purchase at SportingKC.com/VirtualVenue or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL and start at only $280 for 20 games.

"This match will continue the presence of prominent soccer matches in Kansas City and will be an outstanding opportunity for supporters to see Sporting Kansas City play against another strong team from the English Premier League," Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said. "We are excited to bring a club that has such a passionate following and we are hopeful that their great fans will join us in Kansas City at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on July 20th."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew added: "Myself and the team are really looking forward to coming to America in the summer and playing against Sporting Kansas City," Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew said. "We're planning a few days training in Kansas City before the game, which will form an integral part of our build-up for the 2011-12 season. I know Manchester United were in Kansas City last year and went home beaten, so we know full well what a tough game it will be for us, but that is exactly the sort of challenge we will be looking for.

"We're delighted also to be able to put on a technical clinic for the coaches in Kansas City, which we hope will assist with the development of the sport in the region. It should be a very good week for all concerned and I would like to express our thanks to the people of Kansas City for extending the invitation to us."

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