Tottenham Hotspur, the English Premier League soccer club, is delighted to announce they will travel to the United States of America as part of their pre-season summer tour ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.
On Tuesday July 24 the Club will take on 2011 MLS Cup winners LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center, where they will come up against former captain Robbie Keane for the first time since he left London to join the Galaxy last summer and David Beckham who spent time training with Tottenham Hotspur last year.
Tottenham Hotspur will also compete in the inaugural New York Invitational Cup against New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday July 31. The venue played host to the New York Football Challenge during Tottenham’s last visit in 2010, where they competed in two games including a close fought match against a Red Bulls team on a night that saw striker Thierry Henry make his debut for the Major League Soccer team.
On announcing the tour, Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We are delighted to be heading back to the USA ahead of the 2012-13 season. We enjoyed a successful tour in 2010 and are looking forward to the opportunity to play against the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, two of the leading franchises in MLS.
“The Club is proud of its reputation for playing entertaining soccer and we believe this attacking style is responsible for the significant rise in the number of fans across the USA in recent years. This tour presents us with a great opportunity to give something back to those fans and also introduce new supporters to the Tottenham Hotspur way of playing soccer.”
Commenting on the announcement, Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp said: “The facilities will be first class and the opposition will provide a great test for the squad. We know how good the MLS sides are from two summers ago when we faced San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls. We can expect another tough encounter when we face the Red Bulls again this time.
“Playing the winners of the MLS Cup in LA Galaxy will provide a real challenge too – any team that includes proven international performers like Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and David Beckham are sure to be top drawer.
“I have fantastic memories of America from my days playing at Seattle Sounders and, more recently, our last visit there two years ago.”