After missing out on a European spot, Everton had their summer sights set on consolidating their current crop and adding a few signings.
And the first pre-season friendly started with a flurry of goals at Bury.
Leon Osman, Yakubu, and Magaye Gueye with a brace, were all on the scoresheet before half time to seal a handsome 4-1 win.
With the bonus of Marouane Fellaini back from last season's long term injury Everton left in good spirits for the USA tour.
In sweltering 35 dgree conditions the team went down to a late goal against Philadelphia Union after a competitive and evenly matched game.
Their next game, against DC United, reflected a more deserved score line.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Victor Anichebe's capped fine team moves early on, with Gueye's late finish sealing the win at 3-1.
Returning home, the team completed a third win out of four against Birmingham City.
That year's Carling Cup winners and relegation sufferers fell at the hands of a fine Louis Saha goal and earlier, a fine Leighton Baines free kick.