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Jurgen: Interest building in US

Posted on 26 April 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).

Jurgen Klinsmann reports that interest is building Stateside for our Capital Cup clash against DC United on May 14.

We travel to Washington for a return match for the new trophy being established as part of a plan to match clubs from capital cities worldwide in friendly competition.

The Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit were the visitors to the Lane for the Tottenham Tribute Match back in October.

This game has been organised with the assistance of Spurs legend Jurgen - who graced the turf at the Lane again in that match - and his company Soccer Solutions.

As well as the match, our itinerary will include a series of coaching seminars in and around Washington, D.C.

"The interest is definitely there," said Jurgen. "The people in Washington followed the first game back in October at White Hart Lane, it was televised here in the US and they were all proud of their team because they won the game.

"Obviously in Europe there is still not much notice taken of soccer in the US so any kind of positive news was good.

"They were pleased that they could show their qualities in an English stadium and at one of the most traditional clubs in Europe.

"They were happy with that although they know they can't give themselves too much credit because Spurs played with a couple of older guys out there, myself included. They know it wasn't Spurs at 100 per cent.

"But they were delighted they could show at White Hart Lane that they could play the game, they have good players, can keep the pace with an English team and that made them proud.

"The feedback from people who watched it on television over here was that it came over really well, people enjoyed watching it and everyone was pleased that a team from the US did so well."

DC UNITED v SPURS - kicks off at 7.30pm local time on May 14. Tickets for the game range from $16-$36 and are available through TicketMaster PhoneCharge (001-202-4332-SEAT), at any TicketMaster outlet, through D.C. United (001-703-478-6600) or at www.dcunited.comDC UNITED.COM