Cotts pleased to iron out details of US return

Pompey celebrate their Edmonton Cup win on the ill-fated tour of America last summer. Picture: Colorsport / Joe Pepler
Pompey celebrate their Edmonton Cup win on the ill-fated tour of America last summer. Picture: Colorsport / Joe Pepler
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Steve Cotterill has ironed out the arrangements for Pompey’s American return.

Cotterill has confirmed his side will now be based in Charleston for their entire stint Stateside.

Pompey will play local side Charleston Battery on July 27 and are aiming to wrap up a further game against local opposition for the tour.

The Blues will also train at Battery’s Blackbaud Stadium base while gearing up for the new Championship campaign.

They leave on July 17 – after taking on Chelsea at Fratton Park the previous day – and are due back on July 29.

Cotterill is pleased with the facilities that his team will for have for training, as well as the hotel base and organisation laid on for his men.

The Pompey boss felt it was key to avoid the travelling which turned last year’s trip to America into a nightmare.

They had to take on eight flights, six hotels and airports and nearly 100 hours of travelling which left his players shattered.

Cotterill is certain there is no chance of that happening this time around.

He said: ‘We’re in Charleston for the entire stay.

‘We fly into Charlotte but will now be staying in Charleston the whole time.

‘We’ve got the game with Charleston Battery sorted and we’re just trying to sort out another game.

‘But the period we’re spending out there will be spent in one place. We have one flight out and one flight back.

‘We won’t be slapping around all over the place.

‘The training pitch and facilities are fantastic.

‘We’ll train at their stadium so it’s all good as regards that.’

Tickets for the meeting with the Battery are now on sale from the Charleston Battery website.

Seats are priced $25 and $20 (£16 or £12).

For details visit charlestonbattery.com/tickets_info.asp