Fire to host Tottenham Hotspur on July 26
BY PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN For Sun-Times Media December 30, 2013 7:42PM
Tottenham Hotspur's players celebrate Aaron Lennon's goal against Stoke City during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Updated: December 31, 2013 12:17AM
The Fire announced Monday that it’ll play an exhibition against Tottenham Hotspur on July 26 at Toyota Park.
The Spurs, seventh in the Premier League, also will play the Seattle Sounders on July 19.
“Everybody is looking forward to traveling to the United States,” Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood said. “We all know the U.S. has first-class facilities, and it’s the middle of their season, so we’re going to get strong tests.”
It’ll be the Fire’s fifth game against English opponents. It has played Manchester United, Aston Villa, Everton and Derby County and has a 2-2 record.
The Fire is in transition with new coach Frank Yallop remaking the roster to his liking.
The team, which was eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season, boasts league most valuable player Mike Magee.
The game will be a respite from the grind of the league and U.S. Open schedule and offers a sharp contrast in style of play. The Spurs’ powerhouse roster is culled from around the world, and it includes legendary American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, holder of the Premier League record for consecutive starts at 310.
The Spurs’ roster features French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Spanish striker Roberto Soldado and Brazilian midfielders Paulinho and Sandro.
“We welcome the opportunity to showcase Fire soccer to a broader base of fans,” Fire chief operating officer Atul Khosla said.
Tickets are available to season-ticket holders on Jan. 8 and to the general public on Jan. 24.