West Ham have the small matter of securing sixth spot on Sunday against Stoke but then the players can look forward to an 11-day tour of America in the summer.

The Irons will head across the Atlantic Ocean to play Seattle Sounders, from the MLS, on July 5, reinforcing ties with a club which has connections to Sir Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Harry Redknapp.

Then its off to Cary, North Carolina, to tackle North American Soccer League (NASL) team Carolina RailHawks on July 12.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady told the club’s website: “West Ham’s global fanbase is expanding further with each passing year. Through tours like this, we can give our overseas supporters a chance to see their heroes in the flesh, and win over even more new fans for the future.

“The Seattle Sounders are renowned throughout America for the passion and loyalty of their fans, so we already have a lot in common, as well as our shared history of former players.”

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Manager Slaven Bilic said: “We have been planning our pre-season preparations for a while now and when the opportunity was presented to travel to America, we were delighted to pursue it.

“The main purposes of pre-season are to build up the players’ fitness and sharpness while training and playing competitive matches.”

The meeting with the Sounders will take place at the CenturyLink Field, where the hosts’ average home attendance in 2015 was 44,247. Six of the eight highest gates in MLS history have been for Seattle home games.

The fixture cements the historic links between the two clubs, dating back more than four decades to the original incarnation of the North American Soccer League.

Hammers and England great Sir Geoff Hurst helped Seattle to the NASL play-offs in 1976, while Bobby Moore played seven games for Sounders in 1978. Harry Redknapp began his illustrious coaching career as the club’s assistant-manager from 1976-79.

A woman and a child are helped past West Ham fans as people become violent and start throwing bottles at police outside the Boleyn Ground

Meanwhile, the fall-out from trouble that marred Tuesday night’s game against Manchester Utd continues with co-chairman David Sullivan apologising to the visiting club for the damage caused to the away team coach.

The scenes distracted from the spectacle inside the ground and co-chairman David Gold has said that it was evidence of a need for the club to move.

He told a business of sport conference: “You can see, sadly, what happened was we had a situation of having probably 45,000 fans and the infrastructure can’t cope with it. Upton Park is completely at its capacity – 35,000 is all that it can cope with, and you saw that.

“There were 45,000 fans there and they gridlocked the East End of London. I’m sure the overcrowding was a contributing factor. The new stadium has got five train stations. What we had was tens of thousands of fans in the streets: you can’t have that. Modern stadiums have all got overspill areas. Upton Park doesn’t.”