Teemu Tainio joined us from Auxerre in July, 2005 and went on to spend three years at the Lane before departing for Sunderland in 2008.
Injury restricted him to 83 appearances in all competitions including 48 starts in the Premier League.
An all-energy midfielder who showed real quality on the ball and certainly enjoyed a tackle, Teemu enjoyed some great moments at Spurs, including a substitute appearance in the 2008 League Cup trumph against Chelsea.
After spells at Sunderland, Birmingham and Ajax, Teemu joined the MLS revolution at Red Bulls in 2011 and immediately impressed, eventually playing 28 of 34 matches.
Teemu was always a larger-than-life character at Spurs and that’s how his former team-mates remember the Finnish international.
“He was an unbelievable character, no doubt still is,” said Jermain Defoe.
“I’m still in touch with him, we've messaged each other, I think Robbie Keane gave him my number.
“He did well for us. He’s a good player, strong, always put his foot in and a good passer of the ball.
“He will want to prove a point as well, you know what he’s like with his banter. It will be interesting to see him and play against him.”
Check out our freeplayer on the homepage for the views of Brad Friedel, Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul and Jermain on the match against Red Bulls.
Here's the ticket news...
Spurs Vs New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey
Tuesday, July 31 (19:00 KO, local time)
Our fans have been allocated Zone 11 which will be reserved exclusively for our fans.
Tickets in this section are priced at a fantastic $22 and can be purchased HERE...
Supporters are very welcome to buy elsewhere in the stadium and are encouraged to visit Red Bulls' official website to buy their tickets.
We are also delighted to confirm an Open Training Session at Red Bull Arena on the morning of Monday, July 30 followed by a Supporters Club Event (hosted by NY Spurs) that evening in Manhattan. Please stay tuned for additional events which we hope to confirm shortly.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing our fans in New York.