Earthquakes would like to play Tottenham
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes are attempting to have Tottenham Hotspur come to the United States for an exhibition game next summer.
Earthquakes owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday his first choice was to have San Jose play Tottenham in England, but that the scheduling of a trip there during MLS's regular season was too difficult. Wolff also said he'd like to see matches against foreign clubs count in the MLS standings.
Spurs and San Jose announced a partnership agreement last month.
Wolff disclosed that as part of his agreement to buy the San Jose expansion franchise, MLS agreed that David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy would make two visits a season to San Jose during the Earthquakes' first three seasons. Wolff doesn't necessarily think a star foreigner would boost his team.
"If we had a chance, we'd find another Blanco or somebody for our market," he said, referring to the Chicago Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco. "There aren't 10 in the world who would change an entire league."
Wolff, the owner of the Oakland Athletics, spoke while in New York for a meeting of major league baseball owners.
He said he hopes plans for a new stadium for the Earthquakes will come together within the next year. He would like to build a 15,000-seat stadium costing $40 million -- not including real estate -- near San Jose's airport. The team currently plays in Santa Clara.