10.08.2008

This Just In: San Jose to Partner with Tottenham Hotspur

SpursSJ

I'm starting to feel like European clubs are picking MLS clubs to partner with as part of some sort of soccer homesteading scheme. You know, claim some territory in the New World before your neighbor does...that type of thing. Chelsea have The Galaxy, FC Dallas is the Lucky Pierre with Tigres & Atletico Paranese, Arsenal are locked up in love for days with Colorado, Red Bull are but aren't mobbed up with their Austrian cousin in Salzburg, Chivas USA is the stepchild of Chivas Guadalajara and Real Salt Lake are down like clowns with Real Madrid.

Today we're hearing that the brand-new MLS old-schoolers, San Jose Earthquakes, have a presser scheduled at 2pm tomorrow to announce a partnership with Tottenham. No details yet but that is random, random, random. If it ends in Gio Dos Santos playing in NorCal in the summer though (which I know full well it won't) it's a smash.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

These partnerships are so dumb. We've seen nothing to come from them except for Paraneanse with Dallas.

Steve said...

Friendlies with the bigger clubs can provide some revenue. And FCD has a new partnership with River Plate, too. Some of FCD's academy players are training in Argentina right now, and River sent a couple youngster up to Frisco on trial, but they weren't good enough to cut it.

Amy said...

What does that even mean? What partnership does Chelse have with the Galaxy?

SF said...

^^^

This thing.

Amy said...

interesting...

Anonymous said...

You forgot DC is having a menage a trois with Atletico Mineiro and Bolivar

Anonymous said...

with out Tottenham is doing in the Premier League right now i'm not so sure this is a good thing for my beloved Quakes.

MFreeland said...

This is a legit connection.Billy Bean, of "Moneyball" fame, is a huge soccer fan and has been building a relationship for years with Tottenham. For those that down know, Billy Bean is part of the Oakland A's "think tank"...the A's and Earthquakes are both owned be Leo Wolf, and Billy Bean is reportedly working in the background with the Earthquakes. In 2006, Billy Bean missed the A's play off games to attend WC matches.

MFreeland said...

Article on Billy Bean and Tottenham
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/apr/19/newsstory.sport11

Anonymous said...

Atletico Mineiro is MY CLUB !!!!!!

YES !!!!!!!!!

Teddie Boy eddie said...

Billy Bean? Oh, how great for the Quakes. I guess that means they'll develop lots of young and excellent talent. Enough to get them near a championship, perhaps even a playoff series win. Then, they will sell away that talent and decline for a few years and bring in another group of fresh faces. Meanwhile, attendance will dwindle and the fan base will lose interest.

Sorry, but I'm sicking of hearing about the genius of Bill Bean. Win a championship then tell me how incredibly smart he is.

BTW, I want the Quakes to do well, which is why I'm skeptical of Bean's involvement.

EP said...

Not only are MLS clubs striking partnerships with European clubs, youth clubs are as well. I think this is about feeding talent in to world class club soccer on one hand, and sending coaching excellence and state of the game soccer culture the other way. These are good connections.

What will actually come of these relationships I do not know, but the networking makes sense.

West Ham was around SF in the Summer hoping to discover some hidden talent they could test at their club back in the UK. Growing & developing world class soccer talent is a very profitable activity (and a team like West Ham may have no other choice).

Anonymous said...

^^^
It's delusional to think these teams (Euro, Mexican, S.American) are in it for any other reason than to market their brand and penetrate the untapped US market.