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MLS 15 - all aboard for unique welcome reception!

Posted on 28 July 2015  - 07:05

Our players and staff, along with those from the MLS All-Stars, were officially welcomed to Denver at a special ceremony at the historic Union Station on Monday night.

The players make their way into Union StationNacer Chadli and Eric Dier all smilesThe top of the Union Station buildingDeAndre Yedlin, Eric Dier, Tom Carroll, Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer and Tom Glover outside the building with Kaka of the MLS All-StarsLots going on inside the venueHugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli catch up with Clint DempseyA look down the Shuffleboard tableJosh Onomah, Dele Alli and Luke McGee at the Shuffleboard tableChristian Eriksen, Tom Carroll, Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer ChadliMLS Commissioner Don Garber addresses everyone on stage

With both teams having descended on the area for the MLS All-Stars match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening, officials invited our travelling party to the famous transport hub to formally start the countdown to kick-off.

Several dignitaries key to the staging of the game, including MLS Commissioner Don Garber, spoke on stage to thank everyone involved as players, Club officials and distinguished guests enjoyed the surroundings at the storied venue.

First opened way back in 1881, one year before our Club was founded, Denver’s Union Station proved a thriving thoroughfare for rail traffic for many years and, following the building’s latest rebirth in 2014, now features several restaurants and retailers, a hotel and train hall.

In an exclusive interview on Spurs TV, Mr Garber spoke of his delight that the welcome reception could be held at such a unique and historic venue.

“This area is at the heart of the western part of America,” he said. “They have beautiful buildings like this – it’s one of the oldest buildings in Denver, an old train station where the Union Pacific Railroad came right through with all those people who were going west trying to find their dreams. It’s a great place to host Tottenham Hotspur, your Board and also our MLS players and a lot of our partners.”

Pictured above: Our coaching staff below the building's storied facade.

Monday’s event also saw Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Hugo Lloris reunited with former White Hart Lane team-mate Clint Dempsey, who has been named in the MLS All-Stars squad, while several of our players enjoyed a game of Shuffleboard, where weights are carefully sent down a long table into a scoring area at the other end.

Mr Garber also spoke about the importance of the MLS All-Star game at the reception and commented on what it means to be able to host us this week.

“All-Star games are a quintessential American sports phenomenon,” he said. “We’ve had an MLS All-Star game since 1996, we’ve always tried to bring in a great club from around the world and we love being able to play Tottenham.

“It’s a club very close to our country and many of our fans, you see people wearing Spurs kits all across America because of the great history your team has. This match is a celebration.”