Sounders to host Tottenham in summer friendly

  • By Don Ruiz The News Tribune
  • Monday, December 30, 2013 11:38am
  • SportsSports

Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League will meet the Seattle Sounders in a friendly July 19 at CenturyLink Field.

Founded in 1882, Spurs has won a major trophy in each of the past six decades, including two league championships and eight FA Cups. Tottenham finished fifth in the 2012-13 EPL season, and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

The clubs also have connections as former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller made 85 appearances for Tottenham from 2001-2005, and current Sounders designated player Clint Dempsey scored 12 goals in 43 appearances there in 2012-13.

“Tottenham Hotspur has established themselves as one of the top teams in arguably the toughest league in the world,” Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a club press release. “We are proud to have them be a part of this year’s friendly and will continue to strive to bring the strongest competition to CenturyLink Field.”

The Sounders have played host to seven international friendlies over their five seasons: two against Chelsea and one against Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Celtic, and Chivas de Guadalajara. Seattle did not play host a friendly last season.

The Spurs match will be part of the 18-game season-ticket package, which is now on sale. Single-game tickets for the friendly go on sale March 10.

Tottenham’s third United States tour over five seasons also includes a July 26 match at the Chicago Fire.

“Preseason preparations are always key ahead of a new campaign,” Spurs coach Tim Sherwood said in the release. “We know that the U.S. has first-class facilities, while Major League Soccer is growing each year. The MLS opposition we face will be in the middle of their seasons and played in their home stadiums, so we can expect strong tests.”

Top players on the Spurs roster include goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel, midfielder Paulinho, forward Roberto Soldado and defender Kyle Walker.

More in Sports

Walton has Edmonds CC men’s basketball back in contention

The sophomore forward — recovered from injury — will lead the Tritons into a rivalry battle at Everett.

Report: Seahawks to bring back Norton, Solari as assistants

Norton would replace Richard as defensive coordinator and Solari would be the offensive line coach.

Silvertips hold off Tri-City for 6-5 victory

Matt Fonteyne tied a club record with 5 assists for Everett.

UW men’s basketball players making voices heard

The Huskies’ discussion of social injustice with a professor spurred the team into action.

Karrah Smith wrestles Tim Rachal during practice at Granite Falls High School on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 in Granite Falls, Wa. She finished sixth in the 145-pound weight class at last year’s Mat Classic and is eyeing a better finish this season at 170 pounds. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Karrah Smith knows the perfect time to strike

The Granite Falls wrestler overcomes obstacles both in life and on the mat.

BLOG: Silvertips run streak to five straight with win over Tri-City

The Weekend To borrow sports parlance, the Everett Silvertips “got the result… Continue reading

BLOG: ‘Big Walt’ visits Everett to to drop puck and Silvertips win

I want to thank @Benton_Mike, the @WHLsilvertips and @C_Hart70 for welcoming me… Continue reading

Monday’s prep results, with links to recaps

Here are Monday’s prep results, with links to recaps: BOYS BASKETBALL Wesco… Continue reading

POLL: Will Edgar Martinez get into the Hall of Fame?

The Seattle Mariners legend will learn on Jan. 24 whether he received enough votes for enshrinement

Most Read