Report: Red Bulls to host Tottenham in summer friendly


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Planning for summer friendlies is already in the works, and it appears that the New York Red Bulls will be welcoming one of the Premier League's top sides to Red Bull Arena for an exhibition.

According to the New York Post, the Red Bulls will play against Tottenham either July 31 or Aug. 1, and the game will reportedly be part of the season-ticket holders' package.

Tottenham is no stranger to Red Bull Arena, playing the Red Bulls in a friendly there in July, 2010. That game was Thierry Henry's first in a Red Bulls jersey, and he celebrated that debut with a goal. Current Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane suited up in that match and scored for Spurs, who took the game by a 2-1 scoreline.

Led on the sideline by current English national team coach front-runner Harry Redknapp and on the field by American goalkeeper Brad Friedel and winger Gareth Bale, Tottenham could very well be preparing for the 2012-13 Premier League season along with UEFA Champions League play at the time of the proposed friendly, as the club currently sits eight points clear of missing out on Europe's top competition.

The date of the proposed friendly comes a week after the MLS All-Star Game, which is slated for close-by PPL Park in Pennsylvania. MLS has yet to announce the league's opposition for that match, but a team of Tottenham's stature with an American draw like Friedel would certainly make for an intriguing foe.  

What do you think of the matchup? Think Tottenham would make for a good MLS All-Star Game opponent?

Share your thoughts below.

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28 Responses to Report: Red Bulls to host Tottenham in summer friendly

  1. Joel says:

    For Sho!

  2. Kenny_B says:

    I hope they somehow make it out to the west coast too.

  3. PCFC says:

    blah…how many mid-season friendlies will they have this season?

  4. boosted335 says:


  5. Alex says:

    How about an East vs West format for the All-Star game!? I know I’m beating a dead horse here but we’re approaching twenty years here, it’s time to do a proper all-star game.

  6. Andy says:

    Hope Marquez takes Bale’s legs out with a dirty. Giving me only one reason in the world to like Marquez.

  7. Andy says:

    *dirty tackle

  8. isaf says:

    great point. perhaps in a decade we won’t need so many of those or they will only occur in January/February

  9. Air Jordanz says:

    For it.

  10. Bob Bradley Apologist says:


    Another bullet point in the discussion of why MLS regular season is largely irrelevant.


  11. 20 says:

    dumb comment

  12. Michael Cardoso says:

    At least NYRB will get at least one sellout this season.

  13. B Powell says:

    No, I would rather see a top tier German, French, Argentinian or Brazilian team or even a Mexican, Brazilian, Japanese or Australian All-Star Team.

    ‘m tired of the English and Spanish teams.

  14. Mike says:

    The last one was a competitve game. It will be interesting to see how much NY has closed the gap. Maybe new DP Ballack or Del Piero will be available for this one???

  15. marco says:

    Henry for Bale, straight up swap.

  16. giaco says:

    Spurs Chicago will be coming….getting to hate on RBNJ AND Henry at the same time while supporting Tottenham? YES!

  17. JJ says:

    Agreed. I am not for mid-season friendlies UNLESS it’s Tottenham or Bayern Munich. Bring one of them to Seattle.

  18. Paul says:

    Mid-season friendlies are a joke and do not reflect well on MLS. They’re good for $$ but they interfere with real games and add to fixture congestion for no legitimate reason. Until and unless Tottenham would agree to play a friendly in London against RBNY in February, I’m opposed to the idea.

  19. Chupacabra says:

    Thought you meant dirty Sanchez.

  20. T says:

    Most MLS teams are on All-Star break right?

  21. Wendell Gee says:


  22. Joamiq says:

    Guess your team’s not good enough to beat Spurs with Bale.

  23. Robin says:

    Really, Henry to Spurs. Henry would rather kill himself than join Spurs

  24. Jack says:

    All-star will be Chelsea or Bayern this year

  25. Truman says:

    Maybe, but Bale might be in Barcelona by then…

  26. ElMetrofan says:

    Actually the Red Bull had several sellouts last season. It was interesting to note that a lot of those tickets were from brokers who never actaully gave/resold to anyone :(.