Toon set up Kansas friendly

The Major League Soccer side last summer beat Manchester United at

Arrowhead Stadium in front of 52,424 fans – the largest crowd to

ever attend a football match in Kansas City. Magpies manager Alan

Pardew added: “Myself and the team are really looking forward to

coming to America in the summer and playing against Sporting Kansas

City. “We’re planning a few days’ training in Kansas 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 last year,

and went home beaten, so we know full well what a tough game it’ll

be for us, but that’s exactly the sort of challenge we’ll be

looking for.” The match will be the second international event

scheduled to be held at Livestrong Sporting Park, which is

currently under construction. The state-of-the-art, US dollars

200million venue is MLS’s newest soccer-specific stadium and will

host a 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup double-header on June 14, featuring

the United States men’s national team.