The Clarets concluded their two game tour of the USA, with a 2-0 victory against United Soccer League side Minnesota Thunder. The game was played at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, and the victory came thanks to late goals from Chris McCann and a stoppage time clincher from Jay Rodriguez.
Making his first appearance in the Burnley side was Norwegian left back Christian Kalvenes, who had just signed for the Clarets after leaving Dundee United at the end of the previous season. Kalvenes was replaced late on by Burnley-born midfielder Adam Kay, newly signed as a professional after two years in the Turf Moor youth ranks.
Burnley stepped up their pre-season programme, after a disappointing defeat at Morecambe, with a comfortable 3-0 win against League of Ireland side Cork City. It was the Clarets’ first-ever visit to Cork’s Turners Cross ground and an early goal from Danny Ings was followed by second half strikes from Scott Arfield, at the time just on trial, and Sam Vokes.
A late sub, making his first appearance in a Burnley shirt, was midfielder David Jones, also then on trial. In the starting line-up was Charlie Austin, just days after his move to Hull City had fallen through on medical grounds. It was only delaying the inevitable however and Austin signed for QPR a few weeks later.
A member of the Cork City staff was goalkeeping coach Phil Harrington, who had made more than 250 appearances for the club in the eighties and nineties. Harrington was a former Burnley player, loaned from Blackpool, playing twice at senior level for the Clarets in November 1985.