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Tottenham Hotspurs stop by Toyota Park for a midseason friendly; kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Can the Fire shake off Wednesday's humiliation to play well on ESPN?

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

When: Saturday July, 26th at 7:00PM CST

Where: Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois

Where to Watch: TOYOTA PARK, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Hey, What Happened?

I'm tempted to skip this whole section or just hope that you went to bed early on Wednesday, because it wasn't pretty. Yallop made his return to Buck Shaw and I think the appropriate term to describe what happened is that it was a dumpster fire of awfulness.

Wondo was so bored he kissed a baby. It was 5-1 and don't really feel like bothering you with the details, you don't want to hear them. The Fire desperately need to turn things around, but Tottenham happen to be slightly better than San Jose.

Hey, What's Happening?

English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs are stopping by Toyota Park to finish their America preseason tour. They have already tied Seattle 3-3 and beat Toronto 3-2.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides. Tottenham finished fifth in the EPL last year and have a new coach in Mauricio Pochettino. They are from the north side of London and have been one of the best five or six teams in England over the past few seasons.

The Fire have a MLS game away at Vancouver on Wednesday but first will play host for 90 minutes. The team is struggling so in my mind, a friendly might do the team some good, actually. This will give the team a chance to work on some things against a high quality opponent in front of a packed crowd.

Hey, What Should Happen?

Based on Tottenham's two previous games, they will field a lot of players and score a lot of goals. Pochettino has been giving playing time to most of the traveling squad so look for massive changes to occur at half time. They will high pressure the Fire, which should go just fantastically - the Men in Red handled the high pressure from the Earthquakes with such aplomb and all. I'm sure that they will score quite a few goals.

As for the Fire, this game will provide Yallop with a chance to give a lot of players some playing time so expect to see plenty of changes.  I would expect to see Greg Cochrane, Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni and Marco Franco earn rare some minutes. Răzvan Cociș will probably make his debut and give Fire fans their first look at the new midfielder.

Hey, What's Going to Happen?

My guess is that this game could get ugly. Under Pochettino, Tottenham have been installing a high press that has caused Seattle and Toronto problems and I expect the same to happen to the Fire. I don't have much confidence in the Fire in being able to deal with that.

Toyota Park should be packed and both teams have nothing to lose so I expect an open game. Tottenham have plenty of attacking threats with Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado so I'm predicting a 4-2 score in favor of Tottenham. No matter what happens, it should be an exciting night in Bridgeview.