Monday, May 6, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur in The Bahamas

Tottenham Hotspur will be the first Premier League team to ever play a friendly in The Bahamas when they travel to the island nation on May 23rd to face the Jamaican National Team. 

The Spurs are testing the waters of the "post-season" tour market by playing a single match in Nassau just four days after the completion of the league.

The match represents more than just an international friendly for The Bahamas, it is a chance for the friendly islanders to get back on the global soccer map. In 2011, FIFA denied The Bahamas entry into the 2014 World Cup qualifying process stating the poor state of stadiums, no professional league, and few full-time players in the country. Since that time the commonwealth has invested millions into modernizing their National Stadium in Nassau, where the friendly will be held, along with building recreational fields across the country in an attempt to grow the sport. Organizers hope that hosting an international friendly will help to show FIFA that The Bahamas is serious about soccer and hopefully will be included in the 2018 World Cup qualifications.

For the Jamaican National Team the friendly against Tottenham offers a fantastic warm-up opportunity heading into two critical World Cup Qualifier matches in the first week of June. The Reggae Boyz will host Mexico on June 4th and the United States on June 7th with hopes that Kingston will continue to offer a home field advantage for Jamaica. The island nation currently sits in last place in the CONCACAF hexagonal standings with 2 points after the first three matches. 

Looking for the most extensive list of teams coming to North America this summer? Head over to our "2013 Summer Friendlies" page for all the matches and ticket information.


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