Tottenham Hotspur Vs. MLS All-Stars: What To Watch For

29
Jul

MLS Squad

Goalkeepers (2): David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy),Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids), Chris Tierney (New England Revolution)

Midfielders (7): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber(Sporting Kansas City), Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Dax McCarty(New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards (5): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Kei Kamara(Columbus Crew SC), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), David Villa (New York City FC)

Tottenham Squad

Goalkeepers (4): Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Luke McGee, Tom Glover

Defenders (10): Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, DeAndre Yedlin, Danny Rose, Ben Davies, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Kevin Wimmer, Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio

Midfielders (9): Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Winks, Mousa Dembele, Josh Onomah, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Tom Carroll, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela

Forwards (2): Harry Kane, Shaq Coulthirst

Outlook

Coming to Denver marks the first major preseason showing for the Spurs, having had a relatively tame training period, at least in comparison to their Premier League counterparts.

While this has been dubbed a friendly, it’s the Spurs’ only trip outside of England for the offseason, and the MLS squad has been known to get feisty in these games, especially last year’s match vs. Bayern Munich.

Two key players for the MLS squad are former Spurs, in Robbie Keane and Clint Dempsey. Keane is one of the most prolific forwards in Tottenham history, scoring 122 times in 303 games with the team. Dempsey had a much shorter run, only one season, but he did score seven goals in his 29 appearances. This will also mark the first time that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard will suit up for the MLS All-Stars, having recently joined the Galaxy of Los Angeles.

It’ll be interesting to see if Gerrard and Frank Lampard get much playing time, considering neither has kicked a ball in MLS action. Their selections caused a bit of controversy among plenty of players who wished that guys who were more traditional MLS All-Stars had been added to the squad.

Regardless of who gets the minutes for the MLS, the talent is going to be pretty even here. There aren’t many on the MLS squad who can match up with Eriksen and Kane, at least at this point, and Lloris has the edge as the top keeper. Throw in the fact that Tottenham has been playing together and they should have the edge. That said, whenever an All-Star team comes together, there’s a wide range of results that are possible.

About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.