Tottenham Hotspur have been revealed as the opponents for the 2015 MLS All-Star game, which takes place on July 29th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado.
The Lilywhites will become the sixth Premier League team to feature in the annual match in the last decade, following in the footsteps of Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton, West Ham and Fulham. The MLS team won last year’s encounter against German giants Bayern Munich with goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan.
Tottenham are one of seven teams to have played in every season of the Premier League since its inception in 1992/93, and in recent years have been challenging for European qualification come May. They have won the top flight title twice (1951, 1961), and have a proud record in the FA Cup, lifting the famous trophy on eight occasions.
Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino said “We’d like to thank Major League Soccer for the invitation to take part in the 2015 All-Star game. Preseason is an important time for us and we are looking forward to being a part of one of the biggest events on the US football calendar. We know the quality of the facilities will be top-class and we see this fixture against the best players from MLS as good preparation.”
The North London club have a number of links to the US. This will be the fourth summer in recent years that they have crossed the Atlantic in preseason, and they have a long-standing partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes that dates back to 2008. Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the US national team, played at Spurs for one season and is held in high regard after scoring 21 goals and being voted the club’s Player of the Year for 1994.
The current squad features two US players; veteran Brad Friedel is the teams’ back-up goalkeeper, while young fullback DeAndre Yedlin is on the fringes of the first team having only joined in January. Yedlin was part of the MLS team last year, with the highly-rated player expected to be a bigger part of the team from next season. The MLS team could include Clint Dempsey, who played for Tottenham in the 2012/13 season before his move to Seattle. But arguably the biggest connection between the US and Spurs is coach Ted Lasso…
Tickets will first go on sale to Colorado Rapids full season ticket holders and partners from April 16th – 23rd. Tickets will go on sale to the general public from 12PM ET on April 23rd.