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Posted on 15 May 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Paul Miles, who has travelled out to Washington with the team to cover Wednesday's Capital Cup encounter with DC United, continues his daily account of events Stateside...

Day Three: Matchday and down to business. Most of the lads were down early for breakfast before making the relatively short trip to the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium for training at 10.30am local time (3.30pm UK).

A giant bowl of a stadium, not unlike Barcelona's Nou Camp in design, it holds 60,000 full and is one of America's most famous sporting landmarks - the former home of the Washington Redskins, who have moved to a higher-capacity stadium just five miles away from this original site.

It was another light session, stretching off first before a higher-intensity practice match on a reduced size pitch.

The journey from the hotel to RFK is lined with history and landmarks including the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetary, home of the JFK Memorial, an eternal flame. It was straight back to the hotel at 12.30pm for lunch and with temperatures touching the 80s, the players rested before a team meeting and light meal at 4pm.

It was then the same journey back to the stadium, this time in rush-hour traffic. As you'd expect, the team bus was greeted by numerous Spurs fans as it arrived at 5.45pm. The game itself ended in a 1-0 defeat - click HERE for the report - and after lengthy press conferences with both managers and Kasey Keller (interestintgly enough, Kasey's was attended by US national coach Bruce Arena, they chatted later) it was back to the hotel at 11.30pm

Day two and with jetlag kicking in and making sure most of the travelling party woke up in the early hours here, the lads and staff were down in good time for breakfast at the hotel. It's been a rest day for the squad so time to play golf and take in some of the sights of Washington, DC.

Hans Segers and Kasey Keller managed to play a round at the famous Congressional Country Club, home of the 1997 US Open. But it was back to business for Hans, assistant boss John Gorman, first team coach Chris Hughton and Football in the Community coach David Kerslake at 6pm local time (11pm UK) as they held a soccer clinic with the boys from local outfit Reston FC at the George Mason University.

The clinic - a taste of a training session from Spurs Lodge - was well received and the Reston boys, aged Under-17/18, thoroughly enjoyed the chance to sample Premiership coaching. Parents and approximately 100 spectators in the grounds of the university also enjoyed being able to ask the coaches questions as the session progressed.

It was then back to the hotel at 8pm (1am UK) for dinner and a quiet evening as minds turned to preparing for Wednesday's clash against DC United at RFK Stadium, kicking off with a training session at the stadium at 10am Wednesday morning (3pm UK).

Day One
Arrived in Washington at 2pm local time (7pm UK) after a seven-hour flight from Heathrow. After negotiating a long queue in immigration, we eventually arrived at the hotel at 4.30pm (9.30pm UK).

The lads then travelled to the George Washington University for a light training session at 6pm (11pm UK).

Interestingly, the parks on the way to the University's stadium were full of kids playing football, or 'soccer', as we need to say over here.

Good news saw Darren Anderton stepping up his rehabilitation following a knee ligament problem as the lads all stretched out for some time before some technical training and finally a short-sided game.

Dinner followed at 8pm (1am UK) back at the hotel and the tired-looking eyes told the story - most of the party had been up since 6am the morning before in order to take on the M25.