Today we got word of a summer friendly for Sporting KC at their new stadium. This year the opponent is not Manchester United, but it will be a team from the EPL and from the northern part of England as Sporting KC will be taking on Newcastle United. United returned to the Premiership this year after spending one season down in the Championship. They currently look like they'll be back next season as well with still a few months left in the season. It should be an interesting turn out to see how the Magpies draw here in Kansas City. With the new stadium this is certainly to be a very good crowd, but they are also a well supported club that will certainly have it's share of fans in the stands for the game.
I know I'm foolish to hope for this, but I hope that this does not force KC to move one of their league games for this game. I was ecstatic last year with the Manchester United friendly, but I hated the fact that the game against the Chicago Fire had to be moved. With the schedule congestion that KC has late in the season this year, adding more congestion with another midweek game to put the Newcastle game on a weekend won't do the Wizards any favors in their fight to get into the playoffs. And as Gooch posted on Twitter tonight, we still have the home/home series with Chivas Guadalajara that seems likely to be scheduled this summer, adding more congestion to the schedule. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to see that KC is not part of the summer friendly rotation, but I don't like league games having to be moved to accommodate them.