DC United (a) Friendly
28 mins "Moreno faked out Newcastle midfielder McClen with
a little right-foot juke and cranked a left-footed laser from the top of
the box that found the net's upper left corner." (Washington
Full time: DC 3 NUFC 1
"The guy with the long hair (Marco Etcheverry) was a clever player. He had a great pass. He was a bit lazy but he had a clever pass and a sweet left foot.
"We conceded two goals here today, with the one in the corner which normally we solve and a second goal from a silly throw-in, when I think four of our players were asleep in the locker room or asleep.
"I am satisfied with the game; we would have liked to have won, but it is not a disaster for us."
Newcastle's opening pre-season game saw Bobby's boys stumble to a well-deserved defeat in the RFK Stadium here in a humid (but bearable) Washington DC on Saturday.
Goals from the MLS hosts just before and after the half hour gave them a commanding advantage and a further strike early in the second half confirmed that a scalp had been taken -answered only by a shot from Magpie man of the match Daniel Cordone.
Without being unduly harsh on the
Premiership side in their first competitive action since the Trinidad
& Tobago stroll, they were rotten.
Aside from the muscular efforts of
Cordone, and second half flurries from Kieron Dyer and Diego Gavilan, the considerable
toon-attired presence at RFK had little to cheer apart from the second
half introduction of Alan Shearer.
All in all, plenty for Bobby to ponder on before a second Stateside outing on Wednesday, but nothing to get too worked up about. That's in stark contrast to some of the locals, who appeared to believe their victory worthy of at least medal-awarding status.
Local sources confirmed that Didier Domi sat out
training, and Aaron Hughes had been sidelined with an ankle problem (obviously
minor) while inevitably Duncan Ferguson didn't train with the team,
instead being put through his paces in the swimming pool.
One or two familiar faces were spotted in the crowd but in the main our support was mostly composed of shirt-wearing US and Canadian-based Magpies. For many of them it was a rare chance to see their heroes in action, while of course for some it was a live debut - best forgotten about really.
PS: This report was written at 03.45 local time after returning from the Dubliner pub, where drink was taken. Thanks to everyone who took time out to drop by and say hi....
Biffa & Niall