The San Jose Earthquakes have an official partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club of the English Premier League. The partnership was originally announced on October 9, 2008 during a press conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose and has continued to blossom ever since.
With the objective of creating a long-term bond between the two clubs, the partnership primarily focuses on soccer and commercial development through the exchange and implementation of best practices both on the pitch and in the front office. The two clubs have also collaborated on several community and charitable endeavors.
The Earthquakes initially kicked off the partnership with a visit to London in December of 2008 to visit Tottenham Hotspur headquarters and training facilities. John Doyle, Frank Yallop, Ian Russell and Jason Batty met with members of Spurs technical staff during the visit and took in a match at White Hart Lane.
The partnership moved to a new level in 2010. First, the Earthquakes traveled to England for an 11-day stay at Spurs Lodge from March 4 through March 11. The Quakes trained on Tottenham Hotspurs' grounds during the trip and won three exhibition matches - 2-0 victories against West Ham and the Colorado Rapids as well as a 1-0 result against the Spurs' reserve side. Quakes players also had the opportunity to take in a Spurs match while enjoying their time in London.
Building on the success of the Quakes most recent trip to England, the partnership reached a major accord on April 22. Tottenham Hotspur and San Jose announced a friendly to be played at Buck Shaw Stadium, home of the Earthquakes, on July 17, 2010. The match took place in front of a sell-out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium, and ended in a 0-0 draw.
After a successful 2010 season, the Earthquakes returned to London for another pre-season trip to Spurs Lodge. The club departed for England on Feb. 17 and trained through Feb. 27. The club again lined up three matches during their time across the pond. The Quakes won their first two matches – 4-0 over Birmingham city and 3-0 over Colchester United – before falling 3-1 to Sven Goran Ericksson's Leicester City. In addition to the entire first team making the trip to London, this installment of the pre-season trip also included four Academy players under the supervision of Technical Advisor Troy Dayak.
The clubs reached a milestone agreement on March 15, 2011 as the Earthquakes announced a loan deal that brought Simon Dawkins to San Jose from Spurs. The midfielder played with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy and Reserve sides and trained with the Quakes during their pre-season trip to London. Dawkins scored six goals and had two assists while with the Quakes in 2011.
What they said about the partnership:
Lew Wolff, Earthquakes Owner: "The Earthquakes and Major League Soccer are delighted and excited with the creation of this great professional soccer relationship. We believe our coming together with the historic Tottenham Football Club unites the premier soccer league in England with the premier soccer league in the U.S."
Fran Jones, Tottenham Hotspur Head of International Development: "This agreement with San Jose Earthquakes will provide us with an excellent opportunity to access a key region in a global market. As a Club we are continually looking for innovative ways to evolve and our partnership with the Earthquakes will enable us to market the Tottenham Hotspur to a wider audience. We already have a fan base within the state of California and the opportunity to grow the brand in the U.S is very appealing."