Rumor: Newcastle United And Union Discussing Summer Friendly

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Danny Guthrie of Newcastle United celebrates his goal with Yohan Cabaye during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on January 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Union are working on solidifying their 2012 friendly schedule by talking to Newcastle United about playing in Philadelphia during the summer, according to a report.

"I Wish I Was A Geordie," an American Newcastle blog, is reporting that Newcastle and the Union are discussing the two clubs playing an international friendly this year.

The game could possibly beplayed during the Union's scheduling open window from May 27 to June 15 (Philadelphia plays Toronto FC on May 26 and D.C. United on June 16). However, the typical training period for Premier League teams begins a month later, in July.

Philadelphia already has a friendly scheduled against Costa Rica's Deportivo Saprissa sometime this year.

Newcastle visited the United States last year, playing Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew and Orlando City Lions that July. This season the English club appears to be looking for cities within closer proximity to cut down on travel time and distance.

Last year the Union hosted Everton, another English Premier League club, at PPL Park, and played La Liga giants Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field.

In the team's inaugural 2010 season, Philadelphia played both Celtic, one of the two dominant teams in Scotland, and Chivas de Guadalajara, a Mexican top league side, at PPL Park, and English Premier League defending champion Manchester United at the Linc.

(H/T to ronchito on Big Soccer for finding the article)

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