Toronto FC to host English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in friendly on July 23

Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC (March 22, 2014)

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Toronto FC announced on Wednesday they will host English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur for a friendly at BMO Field on July 23.

The game, part of the transfer agreement  between the two clubs for current TFC Designated Player Jermain Defoe in January, will be the first meeting between the teams and is part of a four-year advertising-rights agreement between Spurs and TFC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

“Playing a friendly match against Tottenham is going to be special,” said Defoe in a statement. “I spent the majority of my career there, and have great admiration for the club. I have a lot of friends still playing for Tottenham and I’m really looking forward to seeing them and playing against them this summer in Toronto.”

Defoe was a member of Tottenham from 2004-08 and 2009-14.

In addition to the stop in Toronto, Spurs will also visit the US during their preseason tour in the summer, stopping in Seattle to play the Sounders on July 19, and Chicago to face the Fire on July 26.