Quakes To Participate in 2015 International Champions Cup, Tottenham to Play in MLS All Star Game
International Champions Cup
On Wednesday, the teams were named for the 2015 International Champions Cup, and the Quakes were among the 3 MLS teams that will be playing in the tournament later this summer.
The Quakes will join the New York Red Bulls, the LA Galaxy, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Club América, Fiorentina, Man United, PSG, and Porto in the tournament that will take place in stadiums across the US, China, and Australia from July 11th-August 5th. The tournament will likely feature the Quakes playing at least 2 games against the top clubs in the world, and depending on how well they do in those games, maybe even a few more.
Quakes President Dave Kaval stated in a team release that, “We are incredibly proud and excited to participate in such a prestigious tournament. As one of three Major League Soccer teams invited to take part, we look forward to competing against some of the best teams in the world.”
The tournament is set to draw large crowds – in 2013 the average attendance per game was 41,048 and in 2014 it was 49,395. Although there is not much incentive for the Quakes apart from making a statement to the big clubs of the world and bragging rights, it will allow for young players like Tommy Thompson and players who usually don’t get minutes to get some game time.
The details of the match ups and tournament formatting will be announced in a press conference on April 26th.
MLS All Star Game 2015
Earlier this year, Don Garber and MLS announced that Colorado would be the host of this year’s MLS All Star Game. Colorado has hosted the All Star game before, and there were several locations that were arguably more favorable for the 2015 contest, including San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. Many believe that the main reason for the match being hosted in Colorado is due to the low levels of awareness and interest for the Rapids in the Denver area.
MLS announced that the team would take on EPL side and San Jose Earthquakes partner Tottenham Hotspur. It seemed a bit peculiar that not only was the All Star Game not played in San Jose, but also that the game would be played against Tottenham of all teams.
The Earthquakes partnership with Tottenham has not produced much – apart from a training stint and a friendly in 2010, and a very successful loan of Simon Dawkins. Dawkins shined in his single season with the Quakes, helping them to a Supporters Shield in 2012. However, Tottenham simply used the success of Dawkins to up his buying price and sell him off somewhere else in the England.
This raises a lot o fquestions about whether or not the Tottenham partnership really means anything anymore. Is it time for the Quakes to move on to another big team, or is it best to remain independent? Now that the Quakes have new facilities and a new stadium, will it be easier to attract loan deals from Tottenham? We’ll just have to wait and see – but the Quakes should not sit on this deal if they aren’t going to be getting anything out of it in the future.