Matchday Central: vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sounders FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur

International Friendly
Saturday, July 19; 1 pm PT; CenturyLink Field
TV/Radio: ESPN2; KIRO Radio 97.3 FM; ESPN Deportes Radio, 1490 AM (Spanish)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Record: Spurs finished sixth in the Premier League in the 2013-2014 season with a 21-11-6 record (69 points). That puts Tottenham Hotspur in the 2014-2015 UEFA Europa League playoff round. THFC opens the 2014-2015 Premier League season on August 16 against West Ham.

Key Player: Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen is just 22 years old and was Tottenham Hotspur’s 2013-2014 Player of the Year in his first year at White Hart Lane. He finished the season with seven goals in 25 league matches and added three goals in nine matches in UEFA Europa League. Before making the move to London in 2013, Eriksen spent his first four professional seasons with Ajax in Holland, where he totaled 25 goals in 113 league matches, winning the league title three times.

Notes: Sounders FC is 2-4-0 all-time in midseason friendlies, but winless in four matches against European opponents. … Obafemi Martins has four goals and three assists in six matches against THFC, all with Newcastle United. Clint Dempsey had two goals and two assists in 12 matches with Fulham against Tottenham Hotspur before joining Spurs in the 2012-2013 season. … Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel played under Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid from 1990-1992 at UCLA. … Former Sounders FC goalkeeper and current broadcast analyst Kasey Keller played at White Hart Lane from 2001-2005. … Saturday will be THFC’s first match under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.