Lee Charnley wants to grow Newcastle brand in USA after announcing three friendlies

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
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Newcastle United are heading Stateside for pre-season after confirming three friendly fixtures in the US.

The Magpies will face three clubs in three US cities during the transatlantic tour, with fixtures against Mexican and American opposition in Milwaukee, Sacramento and Portland.

United will first face Mexican side Club Atlas in Milwaukee on Tuesday, July 14, followed by a game against United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, July 18.

They then wrap up their US preparations against MLS side Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Tuesday, July 21.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said: “We are delighted to have secured these three matches in the US as part of our pre-season schedule.

“This trip will play a key part in getting the team’s fitness and preparation absolutely right ahead of the new season.

“It will also enable us to build on last year’s successful tour of New Zealand; helping us develop and strengthen the Newcastle United brand internationally and reach new audiences as we seek to increase our global fan base.

“The US is a key territory for the Premier League and the huge increase in the numbers of US viewers watching Premier League games over the last couple of seasons mean this is a perfect time for us to head across the Atlantic.

“We also know we have a number of strong and enthusiastic fan groups based in the States and we look forward to engaging with as many of them as possible them during this tour.”

As well as games in the United States, the Magpies will play a number of domestic pre-season fixtures, with the Premier League season due to begin on August 8.

The game against Club Atlas, who finished third in the Mexican top flight, will take place at Miller Park – the 41,900-capacity home of Major League Baseball franchise the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Timbers, meanwhile, sit sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings, two points behind fifth-placed LA Galaxy.

They have former Aston Villa and Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell in their squad.

Newcastle last travelled to the United States for pre-season in 2011 when they faced Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.