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Club launches partnership with San Jose Earthquakes

Posted on 9 October 2008  - 12:00

The Club is delighted to announce the formation of an extensive partnership with MLS team San Jose Earthquakes.

Club launches partnership with San Jose Earthquakes

The Club is delighted to announce the formation of an extensive partnership with MLS team San Jose Earthquakes.

The agreement will focus on football and commercial development that will see the implementation of a best practice exchange programme, with the objective of creating a lasting bond between the two clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur will invest time and resources into the development of San Jose Earthquakes on and off the pitch as well as working across charity and community based initiatives.

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Our Development Coach Clive Allen, who was one of very few players ever to make the crossover into gridiron football, said: "The relationship will provide us with the opportunity to exchange coaches and methodology as well as providing a base for the Club in any future US tours. Our aim is to support the development of MLS by using our wealth of experience in the game on a number of levels. Football development will certainly be an integral part of the partnership, but other areas of our infrastructure will be beneficial models such as the work we do in the community with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation."

Lew Wolff, co-owner of the San Jose Earthquakes, said: "The Earthquakes and Major League Soccer are delighted and excited with the creation of this professional soccer relationship with Tottenham Hotspur. We believe our partnership with a club of such great football tradition unites the Premier League in England with the soccer league in the US."

One of the clear objectives of the alliance is to provide Spurs fans abroad with the opportunity to engage with the Club, with both senior and youth team visits to the US envisaged in the near future.

Paul Barber, Tottenham Hotspur Executive Director, highlighted the commercial benefits for the Club: "This agreement with San Jose Earthquakes will provide us with an excellent opportunity to access a key region in a global market. As a Club we are continually looking for innovative ways to evolve and our partnership with the Earthquakes will enable us to market Tottenham Hotspur to a wider audience. We already have a fanbase within the state of California and the opportunity to grow the brand in the US is very appealing."

The Club has already capitalised on previous tours of the US and benefit from an existing presence stateside with supporters clubs located in San Francisco, LA, New York, Chicago and Canada.

Tottenham Hotspur first visited the US in 1951 to play Manchester United at Yankee Stadium, New York. The match ended with a 7-1 scoreline in favour of Spurs. In 1966 the Club toured the US for the first time and played matches in numerous locations including Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Jersey City and San Francisco. Tottenham Hotspur last visited the US in 2003 to play DC United in the Capital Cup, which resulted in a defeat against the Washington-based team.

We are currently one year into a successful partnership with South African league champions SuperSport United. The relationship was announced in 2007 and has seen the introduction of a coach exchange programme, as well as the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur SuperSport Academy.