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Spurs scouring America for talent

9:30 pm
Scouting is not just about scouting in the major league or youth league where everyone else is, it is also about recognising where you may have an advantage over the competition and maximising that.

Our two main commercial markets looking forward are Asia and North America. the club that can find and develop the first American superstar will leap ahead of everyone else, whoever they are. Tottenham has more official supporters clubs in the US than any other Premier League club and with the NFL having the potential to take us into the homes of a vast number of potential new supporters we will be looking to steal a march over the competition.

There are 17 million people over the age of 6 playing 'soccer' in America. To put that into perspective Germany and England combined have less than half that amount. A study in the States of the 18 to 29 age group revealed more grew up playing soccer than American football. That is quite a turnaround and as these adults have children they are more likely to grow up playing soccer as a result. 

The potential for Premier League clubs to secure new lifelong fans is huge, which is why the NFL deal is so important. Not only that though this is a massive talent pool that needs coaches and training programmes to produce world stars of tomorrow. It isn't a question of if a superstar American player will come along, it is when.

Only this month Spurs set up an 82-team US tournament which resulted in 30 youngsters earning a trip for a two-week trial with us. Brad Friedel naturally played his part in that, Cameron carter-Vickers is coming through the ranks, DeAndre Yedlin is getting experience at Sunderland, Clink Dempsey was on our books, Robbie Keane has a strong link with us. All have a profile and the Tottenham brand is only set to grow in the future.


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Spurs scouring America for talent Spurs scouring America for talent Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:30 pm Rating: 5

Links to Tottenham News

8:00 am
We begin this morning with a round-up of a few stories with angles you may have missed such as the American perspective of the DeAndre Yedlin situation or Harry Redknapp getting involved with coaching again.



It seems the MLS All-Stars are dropping like flies at the moment. Following the news that Frank Lampard (New York City) was out the game, Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Chris Tierney (New England) and Michael Bradley (Toronto) have also all pulled out.
Fox Sports

Harry Redknapp has had enough of retirement apparently and plans to get involved in coaching at newly-promoted Bournemouth. At least he won't have too far to travel from home.
The Daily Telegraph

The Official Tottenham website gives us a guide to the 20th MLS All-Star game.
Tottenham Hotspur

An article asking a question that will receive some support, are Spurs' commercial interests undermining Pochettino's preparation and a video of Harry Kane speaking at the press conference.

Let's not remember that it was Bayern Munich president, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who said they had to go on pre-season tours to try and keep up with the Premier League clubs financially. It's a decent length article with plenty of discussion points in it.
ESPN

The US perspective of the DeAndre Yedlin situation is always going to worth a read as he is one of theirs and SBI provide it. Sites over here say Pochettino is indicating he may go out on loan while this article indicates the opposite. We have known for a while that training and pre-season games will determine what happens to him this season.

I suspect it may be a loan, we could do with him playing regularly in the Premier League to speed along his development. Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier should be able to handle the role between them, especially as we have Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld who can also play there.
SBI

Further Tottenham Reading
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Sané & Sušić
A motivated team is a successful team - so the club should be doing more



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Spurs arrive in Denver + leaked 3rd shirt photo

8:30 am
Tottenham flew to the USA yesterday, as seen below, for the build up to the MLS All-Stars game. Everyone looks pleased to be under way with the season drawing ever nearer, just 12 days until we start.



Unlike sides like Manchester United Spurs don't just fly in for a game and fly out again, they stay for a few days and take part in community events to build the Tottenham brand. To that end Harry Kane has a big part to play, now being the poster boy for the club, the player everyone around the world wants to see. In marketing terms players like these are a godsend.



We'll be playing the MLS All-Stars in Denver, Colorado and it will be a chance not only for Spurs USA fans to see the team but a chance for us to see our new signings as well with the game being screened on Sky.



Tottenham will be wearing the hideous new QPR inspired run over by a truck shirt while the MLS All-Star side will be in white. Leaked recently was the new 3rd kit and we seem to adopted the QPR hoops this season.


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Further Tottenham Reading
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Brad Friedel to be expert analyst for the MLS All-Stars vs Tottenham game
A motivated team is a successful team


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Spurs arrive in Denver + leaked 3rd shirt photo Spurs arrive in Denver + leaked 3rd shirt photo Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Friedel to be expert analyst for MLS game

11:00 am
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.

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Friedel to be expert analyst for MLS game Friedel to be expert analyst for MLS game Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:00 am Rating: 5

Spurs to engage with the community on US trip

9:00 pm
USA star DeAndre Yedlin is a player fans in the US take note of. When you read reports and look around the web during games there are plenty who have an opinion of him.



There is no doubt that he will help Tottenham market itself in the emerging American market, raising awareness of Tottenham Hotspur and continuing to grow our brand over there. There will be changes in years to come as to how we watch football, it will eventually be freely available on the internet via subscription, thus the more fans you have the more income a club will generate. This is what the bigger clubs want.

The Premier League are discussing the issue at the moment, clubs want to be able to screen all games live to a worldwide audience, it will eventually happen, there is too much money involved for the clubs for it not to happen. Maximising a worldwide fanbase is essential in preparation for that day. The club that engages with it's fans and uses them to promote the club will, in new markets, have a huge advantage.

Think for a moment. When a web site or blog posts an article you generally read it and forget about it, you may leave a comment but the most important element, the element that actually promotes awareness of the club, is generally left out and that is sharing.

In parts of Asia, India, China, America there are huge untapped markets that if all supporters did their bit and shared, posted links to, tweeted etc would see raised awareness levels. If information is freely available about a club and there is plenty of it from a variety of sources, then an individual is more likely to take an interest in that club than any other. Of course, that is not the only factor but it is a factor that the fans themselves control and at present no club makes use of the vast resource of the fanbase that they have at their fingertips.

Recently we visited Malaysia and Sydney, the first time we had been in Australia for 30 years, 70,000 turned out, but it is America where we are making bigger efforts so it is always nice to read an American perspective of Tottenham.

In the build up to the MLS All-Star fixture in Colorado one American site I have read said we have the most ardent and passionate fanbase in the English Premier League and that that was no secret in the UK. Nice words, people like to belong to a tribe, it makes them feel a part of something, in football it engenders a feeling of ownership.

We are portrayed as not being a club who simply fly in for the money and fly out again but immerse ourselves in the Denver community while we are there. Here is th schedule of events surrounding the game.

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.
Tottenham have over 40 Official Supporters Clubs, more than any other Premier League club and 26 of those will be present in Denver for the game. Tottenham now have a dedicated section for USA fans and Colorado has a sizeable Spurs support, their website can be found here.

We have been to the States in 2010, 2012, 2014 and shortly 2015 as well. This televised game will be another small step in our ongoing marketing efforts.




Spurs to engage with the community on US trip Spurs to engage with the community on US trip Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:00 pm Rating: 5

Spurs to face Dempsey and keane

11:30 am
Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, together with former Tottenham players 32-year-old Clint Dempsey and 35-year-old Robbie Keane have all been selected by All-Star head coach Pablo Mastroeni for the MLA Sll-Star squad, although the first two named were the commissioners picks.


Full 2015 MLS All-Star Game roster
Goalkeepers — Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Defenders — Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Chris Tierney (New England Revolution), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake)
Midfielders — Kaka (Orlando City SC), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Frank Lampard (New York City FC), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)
Forwards — Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), David Villa (New York City FC), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)



Spurs to face Dempsey and keane Spurs to face Dempsey and keane Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:30 am Rating: 5

Fans help pick the MLS All-Star squad

5:00 pm
An update on the new away kit for sale in America, it has been removed from the sales floor and will not be on sale until 25 July, just before Tottenham go to America to play the MLS All-Stars who will feature Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Kaka and former Spurs target David Villa.

Update: The Away jersey has been removed from the floor and will be available for sale on 25 July.


The first group of players have been named for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, July 29 at 9 pm ET, live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás, TSN and RDS in America. It's a game I'm looking forward to seeing and hopefully Dele Alli will make an appearance given the rave reviews he is receiving in training. We can expect to see American DeAndre Yedlin and Cameron Carter-Vickers as well.

Prior to the squad being announced the Fan XI has been unveiled before the full MLS squad is named later this week. Will it include former Tottenham player Clint Dempsey or Robbie Keane currently playing for LA Galaxy.

2015 MLS All-Star Fan XI:
GK Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEF Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
DEF Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
DEF DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
MID Kaká (Orlando City SC)
MID Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
MID Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)
MID Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FWD David Villa (New York City FC)
FWD Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)
FWD Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC)

A fan XI is a good idea and good publicity, it gets the league fans involved, why is the Premier League not doing something similar, why do we have them choosing or reporters choosing a team of the season. It is important to market the game and never rest on your laurels. Engaging with fans is or should be a key element to marketing, the fan base is the most important asset a club has, the league has.

The 22 man squad for the game will be announced on 18 July and will include Commissioner Don Garber’s two picks of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Colorado Rapids and MLS All-Star head coach Pablo Mastroeni will pick the other 20 players and will include some Fan XI players as their votes are taken into account when selecting the squad.

It all helps to make the fans feel a part of the game, add interest and create awareness in the lead up to the televised game.

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Fans help pick the MLS All-Star squad Fans help pick the MLS All-Star squad Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

MLS game means more game time for Yedlin

12:30 pm
With DeAndre Yedlin getting his first taste of Premier League football and laying a lovely ball to feet in the box from out wide, I wondered if we would be playing America again this summer, even though we are not touring.

 DeAndre Yedlin Spurs debut


Kyle Walker has continued to misplace passes although not in the dangerous way Vlad Chiriches does so I could see Yedlin quickly jumping ahead of Chiriches in the queue. Attacking wise he is better than the Romanian, even from such a brief appearance that was clear to see, how he is defensively is still an unknown.

There is certainly potential there, potential to put serious pressure on Walker next season. How much game time will he get until the end of the season? Well with my cynical head on it occurred to me that if we were to go to the USA then now is the time to introduce an American player on a regular basis. That would certainly heighten interest in any game we played over there.

Now we have the announcement that Tottenham are to play the MLS All-Stars on July 29th in Colarado. ,ast summer we went to the USA and on the final leg of the tour played at Chicago Fire where we drew a large crowd and had more people watch that game on TV in America than the Arsenal game being played at the same time. Tottenham are popular in the States and Yedlin can only help our profile.

"The fact that this will be our only fixture outside of Europe during pre-season says a lot about how we view this game, We see this fixture against the best players from MLS as good preparation." said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino when asked about the game.

We now have an end of season high profile game in Australia, a pre-season (for us) high profile game in America which of course we will be receiving fees to plat in so it wouldn't surprise me if we heard of another game later. Sky Sports will be screening the MKA All-Stars game so it will b readily available to fans.

From a marketing point of view it would do no harm to see Yedlin playing, I'd immediately have him as th number two number 2.



MLS game means more game time for Yedlin MLS game means more game time for Yedlin Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Yedlin is not just a marketing gimmick

4:30 pm
The DeAndre Yedlin deal has now been completed and I for one am delighted. He excelled at the World Cup and showed he could play at the level as well as a decent display for the MLS All Stars in the defeat of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Tottenham News Shorts

Sounders FC owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer issued a club statement to confirm the completion of the deal.

"We are extremely proud of what DeAndre has accomplished in his young professional career. His success is a reflection of his individual ability as well as soccer development in Washington State and the continued commitment to progress the sport in this country. 
"DeAndre is and always will be a special member of the Sounders FC family, and we are excited to have him in Seattle for the remainder of the season."

Yedlin, who flew over to London last week to have a look around the training complex, also confirmed the move to Tottenham and that he was remaining at Seattle Sounders for the remainder of the MLS season.

"I first want to thank everyone involved in my development. From my family to youth coaches to the Sounders, I am lucky to have such a strong support system. 
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to play with Spurs in the English Premier League, and I look forward to helping the Sounders win a championship this season.
"It’s a great team with a new coach and a style that suits the way I play. That’s a big reason I made the decision. 
"The facilities are the best in Europe, if not the world. It’s a great team. I’m very excited. 
"I’ve talked to Jürgen Klinsmann a lot about this move and he supports it, which was one of the big reasons behind the decision."

Yedlin has signed a 4-year contract and joins prior to the 2015/16 season after finished the MLS season in a deal worth a reported £2.4 million (€2.99m - $4m) by American media.

He has been dismissed in some circles as a marketing gimmick and that his talents aren't good enough. These people clearly haven't seen him lay and are simply making an opinion because he plays in the MLS. If you look at his stats he has only been booked twice in 14 MLS games (1,229 minutes) suggesting he keeps his head and doesn't make rash challenges.

480 successful passes from 586 attempts for an 81.9% success rate for a full-back who crosses the ball. Of those 390 were forward passes, 15 of those were 'key' passes and he has created 15 chances.

In 14 games he has had 4 shots and not scored. He has won and lost 30 tackles and beats his man 52.94% of the time. He wins 60% of his aerial duels.

He has made 35 interceptions, 6 blocks and 47 clearances and made 1 defensive error.

In the World Cup he made 3 appearances having only made his international debut in January, from those 3 games he created 3 chances. However he only played 18 minutes verses Portugal, 6 minutes against World Cup winners Germany (right midfield) and 88 minutes including extra-time against Belgium. So he played 112 minutes or 1 full game and 22 minutes from which he created those 3 chances.

His pass accuracy at the World Cup was 76%, his average pass length 17m and he won 67% of all his duels with no defensive errors.


Like any player the are aspects of his game to work on but he has pace, he can cross a ball, he loves to get forward, all the things a modern full-back needs. Their secondary skill it would seem is defending and he'll have to learn as he steps up in grade but at only 21 has time to do so.

He will of course be valuable for expanding the Tottenham name but that only makes a major difference if the player in question is playing a significant part at the club. He is an American star, one of their young hopes so for him to be of maximum commercial value to us he needs to be playing in the Premier League and making a contribution to the matches that matter. That won't happen overnight but he has been signed as a footballer, to dismiss him as simply anything else is probably an opinion formed, as I say, through a lack of understanding.




Yedlin is not just a marketing gimmick Yedlin is not just a marketing gimmick Reviewed by THBlogNews on 4:30 pm Rating: 5

Beckham franchise offers opportunity to Spurs

8:30 pm
For Tottenham fans watching the US & Canada pre-season tour there were few downsides, young players emerged, players grew confidence, they got fitter, used a new system in a meaningful environment and no suffered no fresh injuries.

Beckham franchise offers opportunity to Spurs


North America is becoming an important market, the 19 MLS teams are averaging 18,716 fans per game this year, which is over 1,000 higher than the average attendance at NHL and NBA games last season.

MLS has an eight-year broadcast deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision reportedly worth £423.69 million ($720m). The TV deal with Fox Sports was £13.53 million ($23m) per year, the current deal with NBC is worth £147.11 million ($250m) over three years, that's £49.04 million ($83.33m) a year.

For the World Cup 18.22 million viewers tuned in for the USA vs Portugal match in Brazil. Everything points to massive growth and a company should ride the crest of a wave, Tottenham should ride the crest of a wave. They should take the bull by the horns and promote like mad.

Club captain Michael Dawson unwittingly reminded the club what a marketing opportunity there is just around the corner.

"I think the MLS was put on the worldwide map, certainly for myself, when David Beckham came here. And you look how many English-based players have played there and have come over to the MLS. Everyone you speak to is loving it, and the league's just growing."

David Beckham is big business, big exposure, he trained at Tottenham, his grandfather Joseph's ashes he spread on the White Hart Lane pitch after the family held a private service away from the glare of the media at the ground, he attended our school of excellence as a youth. The club have links with him and he is about to start his own MLS football team in Miami.

Tottenham should be in discussions with him now about matches between the two sides, even though their is no start date yet, and tie up deals for young loan players. If their is any club in America to partner with then it's a David Beckham franchise one. The media circus and commercial opportunities simply dictate it.

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Andros Townsend gave his verdict on football in North America after the second leg of the tour against Toronto FC in Canada.

"I think we saw at the World Cup, the U.S. is kind of getting behind soccer now and they're getting into it more. The two (MLS) games we've played so far, both teams had a good following, good crowds, and most importantly they've both given us good matches. 
"It's important for the country that more players come over to this league -- we've just seen Frank Lampard and David Villa come over, so I think the league is just going to grow year by year."

It has been a bonus, an important bonus to have an American laying for us that the US media has hone in on to promote not just the sport or MLS but Tottenham Hotspur as well. He understands the sport out there better than we do and his Ambassadorial role will become increasingly important.

"It's one of those unique countries where the U.S. National Team and the U.S. Soccer Federation and the MLS go hand-in-hand, so the success of one will help the success of the other, especially when it comes to the notoriety and the fan base and the fan participation. The sport just keeps growing and growing.
"We have so many people in this country and so many participants of soccer, I think we need to do a little bit better job getting the athletes in this country to play soccer and get them developed. How you get them developed is by better coaching at the youth levels. We should be developing more game-changing players. 
"We've got the players that will run through brick walls for you in abundance, we've got team spirit -- we always have going back to the 1990s -- in abundance, usually have a very good team camaraderie. That's just the American psyche. We have all of that. 
"I'd like to see us now start developing those No. 10s, the No. 7s, the No. 11s, the guys that are really going to add some flair to the team. And if we start doing that then we'll make a mark on the world stage."

Sounds very much what Spurs need to do themselves, develop game changing players, since bale departed we have been found wanting creatively and it's fingers crossed that new head coach Mauricio Pochettino can solve that.

We hear of our youngster going to youth tournaments across Europe, the Development Squad have just been to France but do they ever go to America? Is there not the opportunity for a Development Squad tour, play a couple of games and then a game against an MLS U21 side, perhaps in years when the senior squad tours Asia pre-season and there isn't a World Cup or European Championships.

Keeping the name in the frame is one thing but making it stand out is another and brand familiarity can only help raise our profile. I wonder how far in advance our marketing department are thinking but aligning ourselves with the David Beckham brand is an opportunity not to be missed.



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Will the day come when we have 2 pre-season tours?

4:30 pm
The 2014 Tottenham pre-season tour to the USA and Canada was the third in five years to the continent.

Tottenham pre-season tour


It is an important untapped market with many Americans now starting to get interested in the Sport with the help of the USA team doing well at the World Cup. The children who stated playing the game back in the 70's and now parents and their children are playing the game. Unlike the rest of the world who have been playing for generation after generation this is new to America, football is a merely baby.

Babies grow, they have to be nurtured and they form early attachments. Tottenham are trying to cash in on that attachment potential. Football is all about money these days and your ff field income is everything, it dictates what you can spend in transfer fees and pay in wages, the higher income, the more you can spend.

We have an American kit manufacturer, an American Ambassador and keep going over to get our brand seen. Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged for the players it's just about fitness but that he appreciates the importance to commercial activities that these tours represent.

As football grows so more and more American companies will want their brand displayed in front of worldwide audiences thus how we conduct ourselves, the type of football we play, our worldwide appeal and branding are all important factors.

Travelling to places like Seattle, currently acknowledged as the best side in America and the side with the highest average attendances are essential components. Playing on an artificial surface is not ideal preparation but was a marketing necessity.

Donna-Maria Cullen is an executive director at Tottenham Hotspur and knows the importance of growing the Tottenham brand in North America but appreciates the training facilities have to be first class for the players too, she was pleased with what they found in Seattle.

“The facilities have to be brilliant because it’s a serious time for the club because we only get one opportunity to get everybody fit and ready for the season. There’s a great setup here.”

Goalkeeper for the tour and Tottenham Hotspur US Ambassador Brad Friedel explained the Spurs brand.

“We want to expand. We want to get our message out and about into the American public because we are one of the clubs that are pleasing on the eye, if you like. We’re known throughout history to be a flair attacking football club.”

A trip to America takes in more work off the pitch than work on it and getting the Tottenham name in the papers is important for recognition so the events that Ledley King takes part in are important aspects, even if they don't interest fans in the UK.

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I read a story of how important a Spurs tour was for oversees fans who have no chance of seeing their idols live any other way. I have read many times in forums fans who seem to think the only people who care are the 36,000 who go to the stadium. That is quite a crazy notion, it isn't these people who generate the clubs income, it is the worldwide audience that sponsors want to market too.

Football is a commercial business, the games are just a product to sell, mush like a supermarket sells a packet of cornflakes. Obviously it means more than that to us and that is what drives the commercial side but the concept is the same, Tottenham sell a product, football.

There is life outside the Premier League and nine Premier League sides are undertaking tours to North America for pre-season games. The tour seems to have been a roaring success, certainly on the field there have been positives to take from it like Lamela's form and the promise of Ceballos and Mason in particular.

I'm sure the club would like to fit in two a year, one to North America, one to Asia, another massive market. Perhaps in the future we will see a big squad split and added to with the Development squad undertake two tours at the same time, one to America, one to Asia, we might as well maximise our branding awareness and commercial opportunities.



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VIDEO +Kane, Holtby, Friedel quotes

8:30 am
Tottenham players had nothing but praise for Major League Soccer, the facilities and enthusiasm of the crowds in America as football grows at a pace out there, even if they do call it soccer.

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Harry Kane not only tweeted but gave a post match press conference.

"Great crowd out in Chicago tonight ! Good performance and win from the lads ! Always feels good to get on the scoresheet!"

“It’s very good. All the teams we’ve played have been top teams, it’s not far off [Premier League standard]. Everyone knows the MLS is getting bigger and better and there’s a lot of great players coming over here to play and we saw that.”




Brad Friedel revealed that from a training point of view it has been a very successful tour and that is the primary focus of the players and coaching staff leaving the club to concentrate on the commercial aspects of the tour.

“We had very good crowds at all three venues and I know on the training pitch it was a big success. We trained twice a day most days, very hard, he’s [Pochettino’s] a very demanding manager, but also very enjoyable.”

Young 23-year-old German midfielder Lewis Holtby felt that Major League Soccer has some good technical players and as his country has just won the World Cup he ought to know.

"You see the three fixtures we had are decent teams that really play some good football, that are technically good, physically good. Yeah, big compliment to the MLS."

Mauricio Pochettino is developing his English, he speaks it well enough but is feeling his way through press conferences so keeps short and generally to the point. When asked about the MLS he was just that.

"It's growing and it's growing fast."

The tour has been a resounding success and Tottenham will have taken a lot from it, next it's welcome back the World Cup players and then move on to Helsinki in Finland where we play Celtic on August 2nd.


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Last game? Friedel gets a standing ovation

4:30 pm
Brad Friedel probably played his last game on American soil last night and put in a good display for the crowd, pulling off diving saves both to his left and right. He has played in all three games and always been available for a quote or an interview.

Friedel gets a standing ovation


Brad Friedel US Ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur has possibly played his last game on American soil and with the signing of Michel Vorm as number two has possibly played his last game for Tottenham Hotspur as well.

“It was very good, it’s always nice. I think this is one of the last times anyone in the States is going to get to see me play on home soil, so it was a very good reception and it was nice to be a part of.”

The American keeper has been preparing for the day when he would have to hang up his boots and has completed his UEFA A coaching license as a result. The 43-year-old was asked about the possibility of coaching in America perhaps and admits it is a possibility, he wouldn't discount it.

"You never say never to that, but when you look at stepping into coaching, it doesn’t matter what country it’s in; the city has to work. I have a family. I have three kids, and the owner, the director of football and general manager all have to fit in place. 
"But would I keep my options open for that? Absolutely. I would never, never turn away a conversation about it. At the time that I made a choice to go over to Europe, Europe was a far better league than MLS, and I don’t think anyone would deny that. 
"Now when you see the likes of Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey coming back here in the prime of their career, you can see that there are a few clubs over here that are very strong and very competitive. That wasn’t around when I was making the choice."

Friedel was reported to have been interviewed for the vacant head coaching role at his former club Columbus Crewe last October and feels Major League Soccer is growing year-on-year.

“The MLS gets better and better each year. Every time I come back I’m seeing something else has grown, whether it’s another team pops up, better players, the growth at the academy level, everything is vastly improved from five years ago, ten years ago, 15 years ago and it’s going to continue to be that way. I don’t think anyone in the US is going to rest on anything and they’re going to continue to try to grow things.”

You only have to listen to the reception he got when he was substituted late on in the international friendly with Chicago Fire at Toyota Park last night. He received a standing ovation from everyone in the ground which rather goes to show what a smart move it was in making him a Tottenham US Ambassador as part of his contract.

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Naturally the Americans love one of their own and he has been to three World Cups with them and helped to pave the way for football in America by showing their is quality talent in the United States that can thrive abroad. Others have followed in his footsteps and his example has spurred others to follow and grow the game as grass routes level.



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Falque lacks vision, Soldado is a worry

12:30 pm
Tottenham completed their 2014 USA & Canada Pre-season Tour with a 2-0 win against Chicago Fire which UK fans watched at 1am in the morning here in the UK.

Soldado is a worry


Toyota Park is a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, about 12 miles southwest from downtown Chicago. This was the second game on tour on grass and in a soccer-specific stadium which demonstrates how far the sport has come in the States in a short time.

New head coach Mauricio Pochettino said the heat and humidity made this a tough test for some of the players, particularly someone like Kyle Walker who is behind the rest in terms of fitness having only just recovered from his groin injury.

“I’m very pleased for the players because we’ve finished with a good win, a clean sheet and that’s a boost for the confidence. 
“It was difficult in the humidity but well done to the players, it was a good game out there. I’m happy for all of them. I thought we played well. 
“We’ve worked hard on this Tour and congratulations to the players, staff and the supporters, they’ve been fantastic.”

The 42-year-old Argentinian has now had a good look at large parts of the squad following his arrival, the only players he has not seen first hand are the World Cup players. He will know about them of course but said he will look at all the players before deciding the futures of any of them.

Some players have taken their chance to catch the eye on tout while others have confirmed views, Iago Falque for instance has skill but appears to lack vision so I doubt he'll have a long term future at the club. Roberto Soldado is paid to score goals and did so from a penalty in the first games, apart from that he hasn't looked like scoring which is a worry.

I wondered whether he would fit the system and wrote an article as such as soon as Mauricio Pochettino was appointed, this tour has done nothing to alter that view. He can play within it, but he needs to be having goalscoring opportunities within it and they are few and far between.

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Fitness, a new system etc can all be used as reasons or excuses, but in 3 games the bottom line is how many shots did he have on tour? I don't rule out him coming good but the longer it goes on without him even looking like scoring the more worrying it becomes.

You can see Adebayor perhaps fitting the system better with probably more movement and does rather highlight that we appear to be weak in attack at the moment. Erik Lamela for instance took his tour chance well, he has stood out, scored goals and boosted his confidence, you would have liked to have seen Soldado impressing in the same way, but he hasn't.

It may be that it's early days in a new system or it may need a change of personnel, time will tell.



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VIDEO: Goals Chicago Fire 0 Tottenham 2

8:30 am
Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur

Chicago Fire 0 Tottenham 2


Spurs XI: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Veljkovic, Rose; Capoue, Mason; Townsend, Holtby, Lamela; Kane

Once again we saw Velkjovic starting the game at centre-back, lending weight to my theory that Mauricio Pochttino is fast tracking the 18 year-old Serbian. Against Toronto he was paired with Younès Kaboul, on this occasion partnered with club captain Michael Dawson.

After just 4 minutes the Chicago keeper Johnson passed the ball out to his centre-back who simply dwelt on the ball without looking around to see who was about. Lewis Holtby was about and came up behind him the steal the ball and run into the box. He unselfishly squared the ball to Harry Kane who calmly side footed the ball into the net to put Spurs 1-0 up.

After 20 minutes an excellent break after winning the ball in midfield saw Townsend running at the centre of the Chicago defence but his pass left to an overlapping Lamela was poor allowing a clearance. Lamels was showing skill, beating men, twisting, turning, took a couple of shots that drew fine saves from the keeper and was generally looking a quality player.

Lewis Holtby was everywhere and seemed fitter than anyone whereas Kyle Walker is clearly behind everyone in terms of fitness. Danny Rose stupidly got himself booked just before half time when pointlessly shoving Lovel Palmer  in the back, the Chicago player he had been having a running battle with the whole half. He just seems incapable of controlling his hot headedness.

Word has it he is not happy the club have signed Ben Davies, obviously feeling that Davies will be the first choice. That is rather a poor mental attitude and demonstrates further why he isn't a winner. The word is that he wants to leave and there are several clubs who will be happy to take him.

The player who caught mu eye against Toronto again caught my eye against Chicago, Ryan Mason. He looked accomplished in midfield, certainly wasn't out of place and can pick a pass. I thouht he looked a better player than Carroll against Toronto so it'll be interesting to see if he gets any European game time or domestic Cup game time.

I'd need to have another look at him closely to see how the 23-year-old fared in a defensive role but having been on loan at Swindon Town last season I had assumed he would be going on loan to a Championship side this season but he might be better than that.

Holtby played 60 minutes, Veljkovic played most of the game, Naughton came on at right-back in the second half and switched to left-back when Veljkovic went off with Ben Davies moving to centre-half.

Late in the second half Lennon and Soldado played one twos in our half and then Soldado played a long ball for him to run on to, just beat the defender, the keeper came out and he just beat him to the ball as well before firing it into the centre of the net. The goal was all about his pace.

Mason, Capoue, Dawson, Lennon all played the full 90 minutes in a game that was all about high pressing and slick passing.

Yep as pointed out at 3am when I wrote this with tiredness in my eyes I have mistakenly suggested Lennon played 90 when in fact he was a half-time substitute.



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VIDEOS: Training & Tour Round Up

9:30 pm
Tottenham had their third open training session, this time at Toyota Park in Chicago.

The first video shows the ground and the Spurs players doing stretching exercises in the distance and the second video shows Tottenham in a training game, bibs, vs non bibs.

The third video gives a quick three and a half minute round up of the pre-season tour to date.










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VIDEO: Tottenham Pre-game press conference

8:40 pm
Good evening everyone, if indeed it is evening where you are around the globe. Tottenham take on Chicage Fire tonight as I'm sure we are all aware on the third and final leg of the 2014 USA & Canada Pre-season Tour.

The video below is the 13 minute press conference which from a Tottenham viewpoint features Andros Townsend and Mauricio Pochettino. It starts with a preview from both sides before it opens to questions.






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VIDEO: Chicago Fire Preview

2:30 pm
With the third and final leg of the 2014 USA & Canada Tottenham Pre-season Tour taking place tonight, Chicago Fire have asked a couple of their players what games against international opposition mean.

Spurs have drawn 3-3 with Seattle Sounders in front of over 55,000 fans, beaten Toronto FC 3-2 and now finish against Chicago Fire at 7pm local time.

This is a decent preview video as instead of just watching a player talk to a camera they break away to show some Tottenham highlights from various players.





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Your country TV listing Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur

12:30 pm
Wherever you are in the world you can catch the Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur international friendly. Below are the TV listings for a range of countries and there is also the internet for live streams of course, Wiziwig is a good starting point in your search there.

Where to watch the match – live stream, start time, TV channels, live scores

Watch Chicago Fire vs Tottenham live on Saturday, July 26, 2014:

In the US at 20.00 EST on:

On TV: ESPN Deportes, ESPN,
Online & Apps: WATCH ESPN

In the UK on Sunday at 01.00 BST on:

On TV: BT Sport 2

In Australia:

On TV: ESPN Australia

Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur Live Streams and TV Channels

Algeria - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Angola - SuperSport 3 Africa
Argentina - ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN + Andina, ESPN HD Latin, ESPN Play Latin America
Australia - ESPN Australia
Bahrain - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Benin - SuperSport 3 Africa
Botswana - SuperSport 3 Africa
Burkina Faso - SuperSport 3 Africa
Burundi - SuperSport 3 Africa
Cameroon - SuperSport 3 Africa
Cape Verde - SuperSport 3 Africa
Central African Republic - SuperSport 3 Africa
Chad - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD, SuperSport 3 Africa
China - Guangdong Sports Channel
Comoros - SuperSport 3 Africa
Congo - SuperSport 3 Africa
Congo DR - SuperSport 3 Africa
Croatia - Sportklub 3 Croatia
Côte d'Ivoire - SuperSport 3 Africa
Djibouti - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD, SuperSport 3 Africa
Egypt - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Equatorial Guinea - SuperSport 3 Africa
Eritrea - SuperSport 3 Africa
Ethiopia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Gabon - SuperSport 3 Africa
Gambia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Ghana - SuperSport 3 Africa
Guinea - SuperSport 3 Africa
Guinea-Bissau - SuperSport 3 Africa
Hong Kong - Now 621
Iran - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Iraq - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Jordan - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Kenya - SuperSport 3 Africa
Kuwait - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Lebanon - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Lesotho - SuperSport 3 Africa
Liberia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Libya - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Madagascar - SuperSport 3 Africa
Malawi - SuperSport 3 Africa
Mali - SuperSport 3 Africa
Mauritania - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Mauritius - SuperSport 3 Africa
Mexico - ESPN Mexico
Morocco - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Mozambique - SuperSport 3 Africa
Namibia - SuperSport 3 Africa
New Zealand - ESPN Pacific Rim
Niger - SuperSport 3 Africa
Nigeria - SuperSport HD 3 Nigeria, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, SuperSport 3 Africa
Oman - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Palestinian Territory - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Portugal - Sport TV LIVE
Qatar - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Rwanda - SuperSport 3 Africa
Saudi Arabia - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Senegal - SuperSport 3 Africa
Serbia - SportKlub 3 Serbia
Seychelles - SuperSport 3 Africa
Sierra Leone - SuperSport 3 Africa
Somalia - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
South Africa - SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport 3, SuperSport HD 3, SuperSport Internet 3, SuperSport Maximo 2
South Sudan - SuperSport 3 Africa
Sudan - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Swaziland - SuperSport 3 Africa
Syria - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
São Tomé and Príncipe - SuperSport 3 Africa
Tanzania - SuperSport 3 Africa
Togo - SuperSport 3 Africa
Tunisia - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Uganda - SuperSport 3 Africa
United Arab Emirates - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
United Kingdom - BT Sport 2
United States - ESPN Deportes, ESPN, WATCH ESPN
Yemen - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Zambia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Zimbabwe - SuperSport 3 Africa



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VIDEO: Loanee Ward looking forward to some familiar faces

9:01 pm
Tottenham have a youngster on loan with Chicago Fire, 19-year-old Grant Ward, who has now played 9 games during his loan spell scoring once against Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the US Open Cup.

Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop was pleased to get him on loan for the MLS side.

"Grant is a young, technically-gifted player. I watched him play in England, and throughout our pre-season training camp Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in the MLS. We look forward to him joining our squad once he has recovered from his injury (fractured metatarsal)."

He did indeed recover from that, extended his loan until the end of the year and has scored his first senior goal while with them. He is now looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.




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