Tottenham Hotspur will play in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, serving as this year's international club opponent for the league's best, Major League Soccer announced Wednesday.
The Spurs' manager spoke highly of the MLS after the announcement.
"The fact this will be our only fixture outside of Europe outside pre-season says a lot about how we view this game," Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We enjoyed three tough matches last summer in North America and the quality of football in MLS continues to grow every year.”
The Colorado Rapids will host this year's All-Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver.
“The AT&T MLS All-Star Game continues to be one of the most entertaining and widely anticipated traditions for our league and for our sport in North America,” MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome another world-class opponent in Tottenham and look forward to a competitive match and a tremendous week of events. We know that the Colorado Rapids, one of our inaugural clubs, will be great hosts and that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will impress both the fans in the stadium and television viewers throughout the world.”
Spurs bring with them American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who started at right back for the MLS All-Stars last season. MLS is now 7-3-1 against international competition since the format's inception.
The MLS All-Stars defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in the 2014 game.
- Jeremy Woo