If you still have World Cup fever, then make sure to catch the Seattle Sounders square off against the Tottenham Hotspur on ESPN 2 this Saturday. Fresh off his classy World Cup performance Clint Dempsey is expected to make an appearance against his former English club. This will be the first preseason game for the Hotspur as they hope to get in top form for the upcoming EPL table starting in a few weeks.
Luckily for Seattle, The Hotspur wont be trotting out their fully loaded roster against the Sounders on Saturday. Leading goal scorer and star striker Emanuel Adebayor is still recovering from a small bout with malaria. Benoit Assou-Ekotto, midfielder Mousa Dembele, French keeper Hugo Lloris, Belgian defender Jan Vertonghon and Brazilian pacemakers ‘Paulino’ and ‘Sandro’ are all stll resting from their World Cup duties. This puts Seattle in a position to make some history. It has become a small tradition for English Premier League teams to come to Seattle and emabarras the Sounders. Manchester United notoriously beat the Sounders 7-0 in 2011 but now Seattle has a chance to take some revenge against a Tottenham team who will be missing almost half their starting roster.
Unfortunately for Seattle, even a weak Premier League team may still be 10x more talented than a fully loaded MLS team. Players like Christian Erikson, Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamada,Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson will all be available. It’s truly a different caliber league when you face off against top teir (or even mid tier) EPL rosters. All these players could start for Major League Soccer teams.
Aside from all the missing pieces, one more factor that might be in Seattle’s favor is Tottenham currently implementing a new system with newly appointed manager Maurico Pochettino. After a disappointing year last season the original North London club is looking for a fresh start in pre-season, but with all due respect to Clint Dempsey, talent for talent this game should easily be 3 – 0(or worse).
However these games are not played on paper just ask the CONCACAF Cinderella’s Costa Rica. After reviewing their roster, not one analyst gave that country a chance to make it out of the group stages, but that is the beauty of fùtbol. So if you still have that World Cup fever come watch a few international stars kick it on ESPN 2 tonight.