BY SPNW Staff 11:25AM 12/30/2013

Sounders To Host Tottenham Hotspur July 19

Tottenham Hotspur, one of the Premier League’s legendary sides, will play a friendly against the Sounders July 19 at CenturyLink Field. It will be the eighth international friendly hosted by Seattle since 2009, and first since July 18, 2012 when the Sounders lost 4-2 to Chelsea.

“Tottenham Hotspur has established themselves as one of the top teams in arguably the toughest league in the world,” said Sounders owner and GM Adrian Hanauer. “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.”

This will be the third U.S. tour in five seasons for Tottenham. The Spurs also face the Chicago Fire July 26 at Toyota Park. A host of supporter events arew planned for the cities.

Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur has won a major trophy in each of the past six decades, including two league championships and eight FA Cups. The Spurs are currently seventh in the Barclays Premier League, tied with Manchester United and three points off fourth position, with one loss in its past seven league outings.

After finishing fifth in the league last season, the Spurs qualified for the UEFA Europa League, winning its group to advance to the round of 32.

Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey scored 12 goals in 43 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur in 2012-13, and former Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller made 85 appearances for Spurs between 2001-05.

Among the seven previously friendlies, the Sounders hosted Chelsea twice and Manchester United once.

Tottenham is part of the Sounders’ 18-match season ticket membership. Fans can also guarantee seats for the Tottenham match by purchasing a half-season ticket membership prior to the public sale of individual tickets March 10.


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