Young players given chance to shine in America Trophy
18 December 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Ledley King and our Global Coaching team have selected 25 young players from across the US and Canada to train at the Club next April following the second annual Tottenham Hotspur America Trophy, sponsored by Under Armour and in partnership with Elite Tournaments, in Baltimore.
Over 50 teams and over 700 players competed within the age ranges of U11-U15 under the watchful eye of our legendary Club Ambassador on a freezing cold Saturday in Maryland.
But the sub zero temperatures did not dampen any enthusiasm as teams travelled from as far as Toronto for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with games held at the Soccer Association of Columbia and Blandair Park, Howard County.
And although a snowstorm in Baltimore resulted in the second day of the two-day tournament being cancelled, Ledley and co had seen enough the previous day to appreciate the level of competition.
Ledley said: “There were some extremely talented young players on display and it’s great that the Club and Under Armour are providing this platform thousands of miles from White Hart Lane.
“Our Global Coaching team works across the world to develop young players and educate coaches, getting across that unique philosophy we have always prided ourselves on.
“This tournament is a real investment in the grassroots of US soccer and a fantastic opportunity for the players who will be lucky enough to visit the Club and train in the world class Premier League facilities we have.
“Who knows, we may even find a future Premier League star, so I look forward to welcoming the boys to north London in April.”
During the trip, Ledley also paid a visit to Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar, Federal Hill, for a meet and greet with the Baltimore Spurs Official Supporters Club.
The former captain took part in a Q&A and autograph signing session with members ahead of a screening of that day’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland.
Representatives from nearby DC Spurs and Philadelphia Spurs were also in attendance, and Ledley added: “One of the best things about my Ambassadorial role is getting the chance to meet great fans from all over the world.
“Wherever I go, I meet Spurs fans, and I know that our support in the States is growing all the time, with over 20 official Supporters Clubs in America.
“I can assure you that the support in Baltimore was just as passionate as anywhere else I have been and I would like to thank Baltimore Spurs for making me feel so welcome in their home town.”