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Season 2015-16
Club Atlas (Mexico) (a) Friendly

In association 


Tuesday 14th July 2015, 8.00pm.

 Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Conditions: Mild and calm, little sun

Admission: $25 and upwards

Programme: nothing issued, one on ebay is actually from a previous Brewers game which contains a preview of our visit.


Club Atlas

Newcastle United

2 - 1




10 mins No question that a penalty kick award was the correct decision as Jamaal Lascelles careered into Gonzalo Bergessio. The same player dusted himself off before confidently sending Tim Krul the wrong way and slotted the ball to his right  0-1

16 mins
A through pass to Bergessio allowed him to beat the advancing Krul with a well-executed first time lob from just inside the United area 0-2

45 mins
best move of the game saw Jack Colback intercept the ball in the centre circle and play a quick short pass to Moussa Sissoko. His first time ball found the advancing Cisse and he the Frenchman accepted the return ball before slipping it home from ten yards. 1-2

Half time: Atlas 2 Magpies 1

Full time: Atlas 2 Magpies 1

We Said

Steve McClaren commented:

"I thought the field was very good. It was unusual, different
, but once you get on the football field, it's the same. I thought it was a good game and the crowd was tremendous. It was a good advert not just for Mexican football but also for the Premier League.

"It is about the performance and where we are at, at this stage. It's very difficult to gauge because I think Club Atlas are ahead of us in terms of preparation. I think you saw that at the beginning of the game but it was a fantastic test for us.

"It took the boys time to adjust but once we did we dominated. We have worked on a lot of things in training and we were trying them. There were plenty of chances, balls fizzing across. 

"It’s a passionate game. I was delighted with the reaction and how we came out second half. We put our foot in. I think we got the goal because they were looking a little bit cocky - the boys got annoyed and stay annoyed. That helped us get back in the game.

"Pre-season games are difficult to gauge. You just have to go on performance. As the game went on we adjusted and the performance was good.

"It's a challenge, not just the games but the travel and everything. But we have to deal with it, train well and perform well.

"The plans continue and work goes on behind the scenes back home. We're close
(to making further signings). (Georginio) Wijnaldum comes out tomorrow and that will be good. We'll get him in with the boys. With recruitment we will wait and see."

They Said

Christian Gustavo Matosas Paidón said:


"It's very important he (Gonzalo Bergessio) made those goals. Those were his first goals for Atlas and they came against Newcastle, a quality team."


Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Rolando Aarons 45+18=63
Mehdi Abeid 0+0=0
Vurnon Anita 45+90=135
Adam Armstrong 45+18=63
Jack Colback 45+90=135
Fabricio Coloccini 0+0=0
Gael Bigirimana 45+18=63
Remy Cabella 0+0=0
Papiss Cisse 45+72=117
Karl Darlow 45+45=90
Siem De Jong 45+72=117
Paul Dummett 0+0=0
Rob Elliot 0+0=0
Shane Ferguson 45+18=63
Curtis Good 45+0=45
Yoan Gouffran 45+72=117
Massadio Haidara 45+72=117
Daryl Janmaat 45+72=117
Tim Krul 0+45=45
Jamaal Lascelles 45+90=135
Sylvain Marveaux 0+0=0
Gabriel Obertan 45+18=63
Ayoze Perez 45+18=63
Emmanuel Riviere 45+0=45
Lubo Satka 45+0=45
Moussa Sissoko 45+72=117
Steven Taylor 0+0=0
Cheick Tiote 45+0=45
Georginio Wijnaldum 0+0=0
Mike Williamson 45+90=135
Freddie Woodman 45+0=45
Haris Vuckic 0+0=0

The Brewers came up with some bespoke merchandise in the form of a free double -sided match scarf, producing 10,000 of them with the backing of a nearby casino owned by a Native American tribe. However due to delivery problems caused by the weather (so they said), the scarves failed to appear and rain check vouchers were given out be redeemed at some future date. 

Not long before full time though, an announcement was made that the consignment had arrived and they were quickly distributed by stewards behind the seating decks.  

A small milestone/millstone: this was ground number 300 watching Newcastle at for Biffa - and the first baseball ground in that total, except...the Baseball Ground at Derby.  




Newcastle's US tour got off to a losing start on Tuesday evening, when they were beaten by Mexicans Club Atlas of Guadalajara at the Miller Park home of baseball side Milwaukee Brewers - the first reverse of Steve McClaren's time in charge.

Following a delayed start when no less than three national anthems were aired as the teams were presented (Mexican, English and US),
United fell behind to an eleventh minute spot kick. A slicker Atlas side playing their final pre-season game then doubled the lead soon later - much-travelled striker Gonzalo Bergessio winning the penalty, scoring it then beating Tim Krul with a first-time lob. 

And only the crossbar prevented the Argentinean from rounding off an eleven minute treble, as Atlas threatened to run riot against and reinforce pre-games concerns about our scheduling the strongest of the trio of stateside opponents first rather than last.

Moussa Sissoko did reduce the arrears with a low shot on the stroke of half time, but there was to be no United equaliser despite the Premier League side dominating the second period.

A crude tackle from Jamaal Lascelles conceded the penalty, the former Nottingham Forest defender making his second United start in what was an unchanged outfield 10 from Gateshead on Friday.


The combative Mexicans put United under pressure when not in possession and four bookings underlined the fact that there was little friendly about this encounter, the referee doing well to ignore some histrionics from Atlas players and waving play on as tackles flew in. 

Maybe it was just as well they didn't let Cheick Tiote in....

With Siem De Jong some way off match fitness and Yoan Gouffran getting little change out of the defence, the only real positives before Sissoko's goal came when he twice got down the right and found Cisse, although the number failed to get his efforts on target.

Introducing Karl Darlow at the break, McClaren left his six outfield replacements for the final quarter of the game and chose to give 90 minutes to Lascelles, Williamson, Anita and captain Colback.

United dominated the second half, Cisse's 53rd minute effort looking as if it had been carried over the line by the 'keeper and the subject of instinctive appeals by several players (later TV replays showed to us that it stayed out, but others were adamant it crossed the line).

De Jong ended a good move on 58 minutes by flashing a low shot across goal and following the six substitutions, the third kit-wearing Magpies encouragingly built up a decent head of steam as they pinned Atlas back.

The best chance of the closing stages saw Rolando Aarons find space on the left and waltz round his marker on the edge of the box. However he opted to fire a low effort that was palmed away rather than find the far top corner as he memorably did at Schalke last year.

It's hardly worth writing that our corners remained no threat, despite several different players taking them and also worthy of note that the opposition made a raft of late changes that badly affected their momentum.

To end on a positive note, while the substitutes warmed down after full time, members of the starting XI signed autographs for fans and posed for endless selfies - Haidara and Sissoko in particular patiently complying with all requests.


PS: Let the record show that the first ever genuine Mexican wave at a Newcastle game came in the 25th minute - genuine as it was started by Mexicans. The same segment of support also took great delight in shouting "puta" (whore) every time Tim Krul or Karl Darlow shaped up to kick the ball downfield, their version of the old "you're sh*t aaahhh" chant.

PPS: shirt numbering madness continues, with an Atlas substitute appearing tonight clad in a shirt with number 100 - surely more suitable for a darts player.


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