CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, July 21, 2012) – After arriving in Los Angeles earlier today. English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have announced the roster for the first portion of their U.S. Tour, which begins with a friendly against the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on Tuesday, July 24. Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas, who was named the club’s new manager earlier this month, has brought a squad of 24 players to Southern California for Tuesday’s game, which will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides. After finishing fourth in the Premier League last season, equaling their best-ever finish, and qualifying for the Europa League, Tottenham opened their preseason schedule on Wednesday, beating Stevenage 2-0 with new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring one of the goals.
The Icelandic international is one of the many stars that Villas-Boas will have at his disposal against the Galaxy. He will be joined by fellow recent signing Jan Vertonghen, as well as star Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, Welsh international Gareth Bale, England internationals Michael Dawson, the club’s captain, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and former U.S. National Team goalkeeper Brad Friedel
The complete squad will train at The Home Depot Center on Sunday and Monday. Sunday’s open training session will begin at 3 p.m. with players scheduled to be available for questions in a mixed zone before the session. On Monday, head coach Andre Villas-Boas and a player will be available in a press conference that will be held inside the TV Studio at The Home Depot Center.
Monday’s press conference will begin at 12 p.m., following Tottenham’s training session, which starts at 10 a.m. The Galaxy will also train at 10 a.m. that day with all players and coaches available following the session, starting at 11 a.m.
Tuesday’s game, which is presented by Pechanga Resort and Casino, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and limited tickets are still available starting at $40. For more information about this game, or to purchase tickets, please visit the club’s official website at www.lagalaxy.com or call 877-342-5299
Tottenham Hotspur U.S. Tour Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4) – Jordan Archer, Carlo Cudicini, Brad Friedel, Heurelho Gomes
DEFENDERS (8) – Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Dawson (captain), William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker
MIDFIELDERS (10) – Gareth Bale, David Bentley, Tom Carroll, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend, Rafael Van der Vaart
FORWARDS (2) – Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane
HEAD COACH – Andre Villas-Boas
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