Pompey’s American adventures of the past

Pompey celebrate their Edmonton Cup win in 2010. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey celebrate their Edmonton Cup win in 2010. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey are exploring the potential for a pre-season tour in America next summer.

Chief executive Mark Catlin has already spoken to New York Cosmos officials over the idea.

Crossing the Atlantic in the interests of preparation for the campaign ahead is not a new concept to the Blues.

Under Steve Cotterill, they embarked on such trips in the summers of 2010 and 2011.

However, they recorded just the one win in open play, while the travelling was blighted by delays.

Here we take a closer look at Pompey’s pre-season games across the pond...

July 14, 2010

Club America 2 Pompey 1

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

The opening match of the tour ended in defeat, with Tom Kilbey getting a consolation.

July 17, 2010

Ventura County Fusion 1

Pompey 2

Ventura College Stadium, California

Marlon Park and David Nugent were the scorers in front of a 700 crowd to collect a first win of Pompey’s stay.

July 21, 2010

FC Edmonton 1 Pompey 1

Commonwealth Stadium,

Alberta, Canada

Nadir Ciftci netted in a 1-1 draw against the Canadian side, sending the fixture into a penalty shootout.

Pompey won that event 5-4, with Liam O’Brien producing the winning save, to collect the Edmonton Cup.

July 24, 2010

DC United 4 Pompey 0

RFK Stadium, Washington

A crowd of 9,987 saw Pompey end their trip in disappointing circumstances with a 4-0 defeat in Washington.

July 21, 2011

Charleston Battery XI 2

Pompey 2

Blackbaud Stadium, South Carolina

The first match of Cotterill’s second tour of America kicked off with a draw against a select XI side.

The Blues had to fight back from a two-goal deficit thanks to Sean Flatley’s own goal and Greg Halford’s 75th-minute header.

July 27, 2011

Charleston Battery 0

Pompey 0

Blackbaud Stadium, South Carolina

Cotterill’s men ended their American tour with a goalless draw.

A crowd of 3,245 turned up for the encounter, among those in attendance were co-owner Roman Dubov and chief executive David Lampitt.