Tottenham Hotspur announced today that they will be coming back to the States for a two-game American tour to play MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center (July 24th) and New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena (July 31st). But before you go out and start buying tickets for either of these two friendlies, just know that Luka Modrić and/or Niko Kranjčar may not even be with Spurs at this time.
Pending on Spurs making Champions League next season, they may or may not have a fire sale in the offseason. Without Europe’s elite competition to play in, Spurs can lose the likes of Luka Modrić, Niko Kranjčar, Gareth Bale and Manchester City loanee Emmanuel Adebayor. If that’s not enough reason to keep the Croatian midfielders away, remember that Croatia’s last Euro 2012 group stage game versus Spain lies on June 18th. Should Croatia make the quarterfinals, that game would be played on June 23/24. Immediately after the Euro 2012 tournament finishes for Croatia, all players take a 3-4 vacation away from soccer to get some much needed R&R.
I don’t see Modrić and Kranjčar rushing back from vacation to play a friendly 6,000 miles away. The New York game seems a bit more realistic if the two do make the trip across the Atlantic, but still unlikely. Spurs did not have their English players on the 2010 American tour following the World Cup, when Tottenham played the San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls at their respected home stadiums in late July.
Chances Modrić/Kranjčar travel to the U.S.A this summer: 10%.