Seattle Sounders FC (14-4-3) will take a break from league play and look to be rude hosts when they take on the English Premier Leagues Tottenham Spurs Saturday afternoon at Century Link Field. While the game is somewhat of a contrast for the two teams, the Sounders FC are in midseason of MLS and Totteham is beginning preparation for their season play in the Barclays Premiere League, professional pride should prevail.
“The timing of these type of games is important, we do not have a league game for a while, so we have the ability to put our best players on the field, said Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schmid when asked how serious he thinks the players will take the game." In the end guys want to play well no matter who they are playing.”
Seattle has the best record in MLS and has won six regular season home games in a row. The reason for the Sounders FC success has been the prolific play of its forwards. Former Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey has nine goals and former Newcastle striker Obefami Martins has eight goals
The game will provide an opportunity for Seattle to show its fans it can play with any team in the world and be on the positive side of the equation. Seattle has hosted seven international friendlies in the last five years including English Premier League heavy weights, Chelsea FC(2009 and 2012), and Manchester United(2011). Seattle has won two of the seven friendlies.
Tottenham HotSpurs finished sixth in the Barclays Premier League last year and had a successful run in the UEFA Europa league that saw them make it to the final round of 16 before being knocked out by Portuguese giant Benefica.
Tottenham are looking to have a breakout season in which they can finish in the top four of the Premier League and earn a coveted Champions League spot. Tottenham first game of the Premier season will be August 16th at West Ham United. After playing Seattle Tottenham will visit Toronto FC July 23rd and Chicago Fire on July 26th and then head back across the pond for a few more friendlies before the season opener against West Ham.