RELEASE: Chicago Fire to Host Barclay’s Premier League Side Tottenham Hotspur Football Club at Toyota Park
CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec 30, 2013) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Monday that the Fire will welcome Barclays Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to Toyota Park in an international friendly on Saturday, July 26. The game’s start time is TBD.
Tickets will be available for sale to Fire Season Ticket Holders beginning on January 8. The general public on-sale date is January 24 and group sales will begin on January 27.
“In Chicago, the Fire proudly represents the global game,” said Chicago Fire Chief Operating Officer Atul Khosla. “Making the investment to bring a club like Spurs to Toyota Park demonstrates our continued commitment to facilitating the growth of soccer. We welcome the opportunity to showcase Chicago Fire soccer to a broader base of soccer fans, not only here at home, but also those from around the globe.”
This is just the fifth time that the Fire will welcome an English side to the Chicagoland area. The Men in Red are 2-2-0 in international friendlies against clubs from England, including Aston Villa, Manchester United, Everton and Derby County.
Spurs, who currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, level with Manchester United, and three points off fourth position, are one of just two sides to advance to the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League with a perfect 100% record.
The North London side, who have won the FA Cup eight times and the UEFA Cup twice, currently have a roster that boasts U.S. Men’s National Team legend Brad Friedel, English internationals Jermain Defoe, Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker, Brazilian internationals Paulinho and Sandro, Spanish international striker Roberto Soldado and French international captain Hugo Lloris.