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Friedel to be expert analyst for MLS game

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Frank Lampard is injured and out of the MLS All-Star game which is going to see Brad Friedel meet some of his old teammates.

Friedel is our US ambassador and is taking part in pre-game events along with Ledley King. He now has a media career after some excellent TV appearances for the World Cup in Brazil summer. He will be commentating on the game as the expert former player for FOX Sports. The game will also see Robbie Keane and Clint Dempsey, both a part of the All-Stars squad, meet old friends.

Monday 6pm: Welcome party at Three Lions Pub. Supporters will be able to meet and share in the excitement of the week ahead.
Tuesday 10am: Open training session at Dick Sporting Goods Park (autograph session following). This will be a surreal experience for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite Tottenham players.
Tuesday 2:30pm: Toy drive for Colorado Children’s Hospital. Supporters can deliver gifts alongside some of the players. This is a unique experience that will allow some fans to give back alongside Tottenham players. This is certainly a very special experience.
Tuesday 7pm: Supporters Club evening. Spurs guests Brad Friedel and Ledley King at the Blake Street Tavern, preceded by a supporter march from Skyline Park. This offers a chance to all Spurs supporters to gather and enjoy a night with two club legends, as well as giving fans the chance to get loud and sing songs on the march to Skyline Park.
Wednesday 9am: 5-a-side soccer tournament at DSG Park. For supporters and partners, brought together by THFC and Under Armour. This is a rare opportunity to play a little soccer on the DSG Park before the main game takes place later that night. If you fancy a kick about before the match, this is the cant-miss event for you.
Wednesday 7:15pm: Kick off of the 2015 MLS All-Star Game. David Villa, Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and many other soccer stars from the MLS will descend on DSG Park Wednesday night to take on Tottenham in what promises to be a match full of excitement.
The game provides Tottenham with another chance to put our name before an American audience again after the recent NLF news.

Further Tottenham Reading
Spurs could/should be doing more with the loan system
Europa League is important for Tottenham - a look at the commercial side
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VIDEOS: Seattle Scouting Report on Spurs + Dempsey

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Seattle Sounders Scouting Report on Tottenham Hotspur prior to the game explains to American who we are and how we play. Always good to hear how others see us.

Clint Dempsey was interviewed prior to the game and was naturally asked about Tottenham.

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10 Fastest World Cup Goals

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The 10 Fastest World Cup Goals in history was updated yesterday when the USA took their place at number five.

Former Tottenham striker, now with Seattle Sounders, and USA captain Clint Dempsey scored after just 29 seconds to claim his place in history.

Incredibly three of the 10 Fastest World Cup Goals were scored on the same day, 16th June.

Four of the 10 Fastest World Cup Goals were scored in 2 tournaments, France in 1938 and Chile in 1962.

Here is the top 10 Fastest World Cup Goals.

Top 10 Fastest World Cup Goals

10. Adalbert Deșu (1930): 50 seconds

14 July 1930
Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay
First round - Group 3

Romania 3-1 Peru

Romania: Deșu 1, Stanciu 79, Kovacs 89
Peru: Souza 75

The first ever World Cup was held in Uruguay and details of it are rather sketchy. There were no statistical records and no data driven journalism but it's clear a Romanian goal was scored after 50 seconds. There is some dispute over the identity the scorer, some believe Constantin Stanciu scored but FIFA credit the goal to Deșu. Romania won the game but didn't make it out of the three team group with only host nation and eventual winners Uruguay qualifying.

9. Flórián Albert (1962): 50 seconds

03 June 1962
Braden Copper Company Stadium, Rancagua, Chile
First round - Group 4

Hungary 6-1 Bulgaria

Hungary: Albert 1, 6, 54, Tichy 8, 70, Solymosi 12
Bulgaria: Sokolov 64

Striker Flórián Albert was a brilliant striker known as 'The Emperor' and had Hungary 2-0 up after 6 minutes. His side make to to the quarter-finals where they lost to Czechoslovakia 1-0. Albert scored 4 goals at the 1962 World Cup and was joint top scorer in the tournament. He was a legend at his club  Ferencvárosi TC Ferencvaros who named their stadium after him in 2007. In 2004 he was named Sport Person of the Nation (A Nemzet Sportolója). Albert hold the record for holding the Fastest World Cup Goal for the shortest time, just 4 days.

8. Bernard Lacombe (1978): 37 seconds

02 June 1978
Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata, Argentina
First round - Group 1

Italy 2-1 France

Italy: P. Rossi 29, Zaccarelli 54
France: Lacombe 1

French striker Lacombe started the 1978 World Cup in Argentina with a goal after 37 seconds of the opening match. He headed home from Didier Six's cross as France tried to beat Italy for the first time since 1920. That goal was their only joy in the match however as they went on to lose 2-1. France had to settle for a third place in the group also losing 2-1 Argentina before defeating Hungary. Host nation and eventual winners Argentina qualified with Italy topping the group.

7. Arne Nyberg (1938): 35 seconds

16 June 1938
Parc des Princes, Paris, France

Hungary 5-1 Sweden

Hungary: S. Jacobsen 19 o.g., Zsengeller 39, 86, Sas 37, Sarosi 66
Sweden: Nyberg 1

Sweden finished the tournament in fourth place. After Hungary had thrashed them in the semi-final (they lost to Italy in the final) Brazil beat them in the third place play-off. Nyberg's goal was the second goal after 35 seconds in the same tournament was scant consolation for the defeat. He scored 3 goals at the tournament.

6. Émile Veinante (1938): 35 seconds

05 June 1938
Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France
First round

France 3-1 Belgium

France: Veinante 1, J. Nicolas 12, 69
Belgium: Isemborghs 20)

The Racing Club de Paris forward turned in a rebound to help France secure a 3-1 win but they lost to Italy in the next round and their tournament was over.  Veinante had 2 years previously won the French double and been named Player of the Year in France. He played in the 1930 World Cup but was only a reserve 4 years later before leading his countries attack on home soil.

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The 10 Fastest World Cup Goals - Top Five

5. CLINT DEMPSEY (2014): 31 seconds

16 June 2014
Estádio das Dunas, Natal, Brazil
Group Stage - Group G

Ghana 1-2 USA

USA: Dempsey 1, Brooks 86
Ghana: Ayew 82

The newest addition to the 10 Fastest World Cup Goals list was a solo run from former Tottenham Hotspur player Dempsey. The US captain collected the ball outside the penalty area on the left and surged into the box. He slipped the ball through the legs of the defender and slotted a left-foot shot into the far corner to set up the USA victory in their first group game.

4. Bryan Robson (1982): 27 seconds

16 June 1982
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
First round - Group 4

England 3-1 France

England: Robson 1, 67, Mariner 83
France: Soler 24

The 25 year-old Manchester United midfielder and future England captain got his country off to the perfect start in the all important opening game of the group. He acrobatically volleying past keeper Jean-Luc Ettori after Terry Butcher had flicked on Steve Coppell's long throw.The victory helped England top the group eventually going out in the second round group stage after two 0-0 draws against West Germany and Spain meant they hadn't lost a game at the tournament.

3. Ernst Lehner (1934): 25 seconds

07 June 1934
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples, Italy
Third place play-off

Germany 3-2 Austria

Germany: Lehner 1, 40, Conen 15
Austria: Horvath 35, Sesta 65

Germany outside right Ernst Lehner held the record of Fastest World Cup Goal until 1962. The TSV Schwaben Augsburg wide man liked to take players on and was considered to be the best non-professional player in Europe. It was a bitter encounter and Lehner's two goals helped Germany secure third place in a stadium that was later destroyed in a WW2 bombing raid.

2. Václav Mašek (1962): 16 seconds

07 June 1962
Estadio Sausalito, Vina del Mar, Chile
First round - Group 3

Mexico 3-1 Czechoslovakia

Mexico: Diaz 13, Del'Aguila 29, H. Hernandez 90 pen
Czechoslovakia: Mašek 1

The proud holder of that 40-year-old record for Fastest World Cup Goal was Vaclav Mašek, a Czechoslovakian striker. Just 4 days after Flórián Albert had netted one after 50 seconds Mašek slotted a ball into the bottom corner of the net after just 16 seconds.  Despite losing this match Czechoslovakia went through as group runners-up to Brazil who they drew with 0-0. They eventually finished the tournament as runners-up losing in the final to Brazil 3-1.

1. Hakan Şükür (2002): 11 seconds

29 June 2002
Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu, South Korea
Third place play-off

South Korea 2-3 Turkey

South Korea: Lee Eul-yong 9, Song Chong-gug 90+3
Turkey: Hakan Şükür 1, Ilhan 13, 32

The 40-year-old Şükür put himself in the record books with the fastest world cup goal after just 11 seconds in the 2002 third place play-off game in South Korea.

Guus Hiddink watched as his South Korea side kicked off, played the ball backwards, eventually to Hong Myung-Bo. The defender lost the ball under pressure from Ilhan Mansiz, who quickly fed Hakan Şükür. The Parma striker made no mistake, slotting the home to silence from the patriotic and disbelieving crowd.

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Tottenham News Shorts Issue 2

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Hello readers and welcome back to Tottenham News Shorts, quick bits of bite size news surrounding Tottenham and the glorious game of football, soccer to all the American readership.

Tottenham News Shorts Issue 2

First a quick resume of a few recent articles you may have missed.

Group A continues today with Brazil vs Mexico at 8pm UK time so here is a quick round-up of the games from a Tottenham interest perspective, players, former players, transfer targets, former targets.

Former Arsenal player Patrick Vieira was rather forceful on TV with his view that Players Should Cheat in an attempt to get an opponent booked or sent off. A disgusting attitude to be teaching all the children watching.

Former Tottenham player Clint Dempsey scored the 5th Fastest Goal at any World Cup Finals Goal. You can see it on the link above. An article tonight will list the 10 Fastest World Cup Final Goals and amazingly 4 of them have come in 2 tournaments and 3 have been scored on 16th June!

Tottenham teenager Nabil Bentaleb recalls the words of former Tottenham centre-back and former French captain William Gallas to help him keep his feet on the ground following his rapid rise from Development Squad to the World Cup in 6 months.

Right on with the days Tottenham News Shorts.

A picture doing the rounds on social media suggests Tottenham are at home to newly promoted Leicester City on the opening day of the season. The official fixture list is out tomorrow so we'll know for certain then.

Tottenham have Schalke 04 left-back Saed Kolašinac on their list of [possible left-back transfer targets and Tottenham will play Schalke 04 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday August 9th at 5.30pm. Kolašinac unfortunately scored an own goal in the first ever game for Bosnia-Herzegovina at a World Cup Finals when the ball struck him on the knee and went in early in the 2-1 defeat to Argentina.

It will be a chance for Spurs fans to also see former striker target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kevin Prince-Boateng who played 2 season at White Hart Lane before moving to the slower paced football of Italy which suited his game better.

Former Tottenham winger David Bentley tells Adam Lallana he should join Liverpool and not Tottenham. That of course may have something to do with the fact that Bentley was more interested in his bar and collecting his wages than actually improving his football, an attitude that didn't impress Harry Redkapp.

Hull City would like to sign left-back Danny Rose and still retain an interest in Jake Livermore even though they are not prepared to pay £6.5 million for him. They are also interested in getting Michael Dawson on the cheap.

Manchester United are at the head of the queue to sign Fredy Guarín who only signed a new contract with Inter in March. Clearly that was to keep his transfer value intact. The reported fee £18 million seems excessive.

Tottenham have been watching 20 year-old Moses Odubajo of Leyton Orient for over a year now and are said to be preparing to bid for the player. West Ham United and Hull City are also after the player who will stay unless substantial money is paid says manager Russell Slade.

“Unless someone has got a big pile of money, he will be staying. A very big pile.”

Sounds like talk to try and boost the price, it's a fact of life lower league clubs have to develop players and sell them to survive.

Former Tottenham right-back Pascal Chimbonda is a free agent and looking for a move back to France. Now 35 he spent most of last season at Carlisle United. He has i international cap but doesn't rule out playing for France again.

“France is my priority. If I can find a good project with a good environment at a French club, I would favour such a choice. I am fit and still have the desire.”

Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa wants to play for a club with European football so for some reason London24 link him with Tottenham who need a winger apparently.

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Dempsey score 5th fastest goal - Video

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Clint Dempsey, well known to Tottenham fans, scored the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history after 29 seconds with a superb solo effort.

He put USA 1-0 up against Ghana who rarely looked threatening. Former Tottenham striker Jürgen Klinsmann set he US up in a 4-4-2 formation with the midfield players tucked in centrally forcing Ghana to play the ball wide where there was space.

With two 1.83m (6ft 2in) central defenders any Ghana crossed from the flanks would have to be accurate and they were very poor. It was an effective tactic and looked like being successful until Ghana did eventually score in the 81st minute.

That lead however lasted 4 minutes as the US went straight back in front from a corner headed home by John Brooks Jnr.

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The stats tell you about the game, Ghana 60% possession USA 40%, Ghana 21 shots USA 8, shots on target thought, Ghana 8 USA 7, goalkeeper saves, Ghana 5 USA 5.

The US defended for large periods of this game and the heat and exhaustion comes into play late on. Ghana has plenty of the ball but were doing nothing with it, each keeper making 5 saves and Ghana only having 1 more shot on target in 90 minutes tells you this is a poor Ghana team. The US had the spirit you need at the end of tiring games in these conditions.

The Germans beating 10 man Portugal 4-0 makes the USA vs Portugal clash a potential group decider for second place.

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Dempsey explains how his move came about

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Question: You could have stayed in England or a European club instead of coming to MLS. Why did you decide to come to Seattle now?

Dempsey: To be honest with you, going back to preseason I thought I was going to be at Tottenham for another two years. Then Lyle [Yorks, Dempsey's agent] came to me saying, 'Would you be interested in going back to MLS?' I said, 'If it's the right situation and it made sense, it would be something I'd look at. But come back to me when you know the full details of everything.' They got the ball rolling as far as inquiring and to Tottenham, asking them what the situation was. There might have been a little sniff there, the chance that something could happen. So I started thinking, well, it has been getting more difficult every year to come back [to England] after being home with family and stuff.

It's kind of been that thing in my life, trying to go and do your career, being a little more selfish in that regard, but also trying to be around your family too. I'm sure you can relate with that also, because you've had to do a lot of traveling. I saw my grandparents getting older and older, and I just want to be around my family more. Even though I'm still up in Washington [State], my grandparents can still come see me. They didn't have passports; they just would never go do it. So they'll come up and check out games and I'll get to play in Dallas and Houston [near Dempsey's hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas], and you have Christmas and Thanksgiving. So family was a big thing.

But I also wanted to come back when I was in my prime, not when I was past it. If I came back, I wanted to make an impact. I'm coming here to win an MLS Cup. I'm not coming here just to chill. I want to keep working hard and still do something special. You can see the MLS players, they still get looks in with the national team. They still compete against the European [-based] players and fight for spots, and some of the players have won positions in the starting 11.

I feel like I can still push myself here, and I want to get back a little bit to kind of like the old me. Because I grew up watching South American soccer. That's really what I enjoyed, being on the ball a little more, a little more creativity. It felt like when I went to Europe it kind of hindered that a little bit. It was more one- and two-touch and never lose the ball, that kind of thing. It helped me be more of a complete player and see the field better and make quicker decisions, but I feel like I have a good mix now, and I want to get back more to that creative style.

I'm also excited to be in Seattle. There are a lot of fans, top 30 in the world. Just look at the home game we're going to have, with 67,000. That's crazy. It'll be really cool.

Question: Did you have a heart-to-heart at one point with Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas?

Dempsey: I didn't. I really just had a heart-to-heart with my family, talked to my wife, to my mom and dad, to my brothers and my sister. And had a few sleepless nights just going over that decision and wanting to make sure I was making it for the right reasons, and that I felt good about it. You have to get that gut feeling that you're doing the right thing. It was good for me to be back with Tottenham in preseason and be around it to make that decision instead of being removed from it on vacation in the summer. I was able to be there, be in training and really think about it.

After I left, [Villas-Boas] sent me a really good text. He was happy with what I was doing and I was going to be part of his plans. He wished me the best. I'm grateful for him. He gave me an opportunity to see what it was like to play at a big club. So I'll always be grateful for that, just to get that experience. It's one of those things where you're always, What if? What would that be like? I know what it was like. So that brings me peace. The only thing is, yeah, I would have liked to play Champions League, and maybe that will happen one day, maybe it won't. But for me the biggest thing was being in the World Cup, and that gave me the itch to leave MLS and play against that on a consistent basis. I was over there for six-and-a-half years, so I felt like I've been over here, I've been successful, the opportunity has come up now. It's the right moment, the right situation, an offer you can't refuse type of thing. So I'm happy with it.

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Dempsey could play for Spurs again

1:17 pm
An interesting clause in Clint Dempsey's Seattle contract is that when the MLS season ends in November he can go out on loan to the Premier League.

In theory having sold him for £5.8 million he could be playing for us again before Christmas. Andre Villas-Boas admits he was sold to raise money and that he was popular with both players and staff. He likes versatile players and Dempsey certainly fitted the bill for him.

I don't see it happening unless we don't get the players we require during the rest of the window and we suffer injuries, but you never know in football.

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Dempsey to Seattle £5.89 million

8:30 am
Amid rumours of Clint Dempsey moving back to the USA to Seattle Sounders, NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk website have said that according to multiple Major League Soccer sources, Tottenham would receive a $9 million (£5.89m) transfer fee for Dempsey, the highest in MLS history.

Seattle would guarantee Dempsey $32 million (£20.93m) over the next four seasons. It would be the largest base salary ever given to an MLS player they claim.

NBC of course are the new home of the Premier League in America having won the rights to screen the games by trebling the previous package.

On one hand Dempsey could continue his career in the Premier League, both Everton and WBA are known to want him for instance. In the other hand he is the best player in the USA and in terms of raising the profile of the game whilst he is still at his peak, the move makes perfect sense.

However NBC would want him playing in the Premier League to help boost their viewing figures.

Football is the third largest sport in the USA if you base it on how many people play the game. Amateur football is far bigger than people realise so there is still a huge untapped market out there.

Clint Dempsey may be the man to help the MLS take another small step forward. What will he choose to do, where will he choose to go?

If it's Seattle we'll know in 5 days as any move would have to be completed by 8 August.

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Clint Dempsey wanted by WBA

5:30 pm

The Birmingham Mail are telling their readers that West Bromich Albion are after attacker Clint Dempsey from Spurs to link up with Nicolas Anelka.

They throw in a couple of spanners of course, just in case they are wrong, the usual two, wages and transfer fee. Don't want to be left with egg on the face after all.

Having signed Nicolas Anelka, who didn't look very happy to have signed on the promotion video released, Steve Clarke wants to strengthen further with the addition of Dempsey who we signed for £6 million they say.

I can see Dempsey fitting in well at WBA and having a good season. He scored 12 goals for us last season and 23 for Fulham before that so knows where the net is. He is another player who divides Spurs fans between sell him and he's a decent squad player.

Despite scoring some vital goals, especially both games against Manchester United, his contribution is often over looked and unappreciated. At 30 he does not have time on his side so he may want regular football. However having signed Anelka, who won't be cheap, I can't image there is a massive amount left in the pot for new wages.

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