On the club web-site Tottenham today announced their plans for a pre-season tour to America next summer. It will be Spurs third tour to America in the past five years.
In recent years Tottenham have developed increasing connections in the United States with clubs and companies. The planned visit next summer is in recognition of the growing fan base they have in the country where there are 24 official Supporters Clubs.
Two matches have been arranged, to date, but other games will be announced at a later date. As part of the tour Tottenham will, as they did on the previous visits to the US and in the Far East last summer, organise supporters events in the cities they visit.
Saturday, 19th July, 2014: v Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field
Last summer, Clint Dempsey left Tottenham after just one season to sign for Seattle Sounders. The US Captain is hoping to be included in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for next summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Saturday, 26th July, 2014: v Chicago Fire at Toyota Park
This will be Spurs first visit to Chicago.
With so many Tottenham players involved in the World Cup Finals it will be an inexperienced squad that Tottenham will take to America. Players who weren’t involved in the World Cup and younger players will make the trip while the World Cup stars will take a belated rest at the end of a very long season.
Back In the US of A
Brad Friedel will enjoy a return to his homeland where Spurs first visited in 1952. Friedel was linked with a return to America earlier in the season where it was thought he might take up a coaching post with Columbus Crew.
Spurs have toured North America on a number of occasions since first going there in 1952 when one match was played against Manchester United in New York as part of a ten game tour. In 2010 Harry Redknapp’s team opened their three match tour with a game against San Jose Earthquakes which ended scoreless.
In 2012 Andre Villas-Boas team played LA Galaxy in their opening game and followed it with games against Liverpool in Baltimore and the New York Red Bulls.