Stephan FREI (29
Josh FORD )
Chad MARSHALL (18
Djimi TRAORE 63)
Kenny COOPER 63)
Lamar NEAGLE (
Tristan BOWEN 78
8 Gonzalo PINEDA
Marco PAPPA (11
Aaron KOVAR 75)
Clint DEMPSEY (c) (13
Sean OKOLI 75)
9 Obafemi MARTINS
Kyle NAUGHTON (43
Ryan FREDERICKS 46)
Michael DAWSON (c) (
6 Younes KABOUL 46)
Danny ROSE (51
Milos VELJKOVIC 46)
Aaron LENNON (44
Cristian CEBALLOS 46 )
Etienne CAPOUE (38
Andros TOWNSEND (11
Harry KANE (
A goal-ful 3-3 draw with
Seattle Sounders might sound like a lot of fun, but it might leave
new boss Mauricio Pochettino with more questions than answers.
Yes, it was the first match after starting pre-season training apart
from a behind closed doors friendly with Southend United, but,
if he is trying to introduce a new philosophy, then the players
might be thinking it's all Greek to them. If this is the way
we are going to play this season, then be prepared for goals
The side Poch put out was
strong, featuring a mix and match for each half, with experienced
and young players making up each XI. The only three to see out
the full 90 were keeper Brad Friedel, midfielder Tom Carroll, who
stepped in for the late withdrawal of Gylfi Sigurdsson (rumoured to
be on his way to Swansea City) and defender Zeki Fryers. Kyle
Walker had withdrawn from selection after training on the artificial
pitch that did not help his recovery on the summer surgery he
A young man suffering with
Cystic Fibrosis kicked off the game, enjoying a run through as the
Spurs players stood back, allowing him a run at goal and a shot from
20 yards straight at Brad Friedel. The Make A Wish foundation
had organised a season long contract with the Sounders and he
proudly wore his number 44 shirt as he left the field after the
Within 30 seconds, Spurs had given the ball away trying to play it
out from the back and Marco Pappa had a shot from the left, which
flew wide and high of Brad Friedelís near post.
Ten minutes in, with their first attack, Harry Kane dinked a ball
into the heart of the box from the left hand channel 25 yards out,
finding Lewis Holtby ghosting in between the two centre-halves to
nod the ball over the keeper from 12 yards out. It was a
well-times run and a well played pass, allowing the German
midfielder to beat Frei with ease.
Seattle could have equalised in the 14th minute, with our former
forward Clint Dempsey heading wide from six yards out when he got in
front of a static Kyle Naughton to meet a cross from their right
wing. Obafemi Martins was leading the line for Seattle with
Dempsey, but the former Newcastle and Nigeria striker showed why he
is playing in America. His petty time-wasting and
shirt-pulling indicated he is not up to playing at the top table
these days. When he was put through, the Spurs players got back at
him and he ended up stepping on the ball to let the chance go
Dawson handed the ball straight to Seattle twenty yards from his own
goal and coming in from the right, Neagle hit a low shot straight at
Friedelís legs after Demspey created the chance with a cute pass.
Then Spurs were opened up by some quick passing leaving Martins
through, but he thrashed at the shot that went wide again.
Brad was in action again, saving from Pineda as he went through on
the left, but Tottenham did break away with Lennon going through the
middle before releasing Danny Rose on the left to hit a first time
shot low to the keeperís near post, which he got behind. In
the 28th minute, Spurs once more handed the ball over when trying to
pass the ball out from the back and Neagle was denied by a sliding
challenge from Dawson.
From Friedel's pass, Roseís poor control let the ball run out for a
throw-in, with the left back not responding quick enough to track
back and a ball into the box was missed by Dawson and although it
was cleared to the edge of the box, a foul brought the home team a
central free-kick that Dempsey shot, but it went off the wall for a
corner. From it, Dawson was adjudged to have fouled Marshall as he
jumped for the ball and the American didnít. Pineda took it in the
Panenka style and beat Friedel to equalise in the 33rd minute.
Five minutes before half time Martins and Dempsey linked well in the
box to allow the former Spurs man to poke the ball past Friedel, but
Rose arrived to slam the ball clear as it went towards the
goal-line. From the corner, Brad had to tip a header over.
Spurs had struggled to cope with the pitch and the new philosophy
that the team were trying to play under, handing possession over to
the Sounders too often and allowing them to attack too often. As
expected, there were a raft of half-time changes and it gave the
opportunity for many of the players to have a run out.
After the interval Spurs started lively, with sub Cristian Ceballos
striking a shot from the left that took a deflection for a corner.
However, two minutes later, Alonso struck a shot from 25 yards into
the top corner off the bar to put Seattle in front. The ball
ran loose to him from a Spurs challenge and Kaboul was slow to close
him down, leaving Brad no chance of stopping the rocket.
Into the 54th minute, Soldado knocked the ball over a defender and
was then bundled over by Marshall as he closed in on goal. It was a
penalty but nothing more, but Roberto stepped up to stroke it home
and equalise by sending the keeper the wrong way.
Yedlin got across Fredericks to head just over, as Spurs struggled
to control the ball on the oddly lined pitch that didnít see the
ball running that true. Falque missed a far post header after
Soldado had won one at the near post, but this preceded Seattle
breaking down the left, as Spurs looked for offside and Okoliís low
ball across the face of goal allowed substitute Tristan Bowen to
touch the ball over the line from a foot out with almost his first
Spurs pushed forward again and Yago Falque tried to dink the ball
into the box, but Yedlinís arm stopped the progress of the ball and
the referee pointed to the spot. This time it was Falque who stepped
up and slotted it just past the substitute goalkeeperís dive to his
left and found the bottom corner tying it up at 3-3.
Soldado played a one-two with Ceballos and the youngster ran onto
the ball in the area, hitting a low first time shot that the sub
keeper stopped with his legs. The young winger then picked up
a yellow card with a rash challenge as a defender ran away from him.
Soldado and Alonso then got cautioned for shoving each other, as
temperatures rose on the pitch as well as in the air.
With a last minute corner, Djimi Traore (the ex Liverpool reject)
hit a scissors kick volley that went into the ground and over the
What was an otherwise good run-out foe Tottenham's first pre-season
match in public, the heavily rubber crumbed 4G pitch was not the
best surface to play in, with the ball holding up when it bounced
and making tackling difficult (with a spray of black chippings every
time someone slid in). The home side might have been more used
to it, but they weren't that fluid in their play either.
There were several interesting refereeing decisions, with some
narrow off-sides given in Tottenhamís favour when the penalty would
have been unlikely to have been awarded in England, but Yedlinís
high foot as Lennon went in to head the ball in the box would have
been a free-kick anywhere else on the field in this country, but
appears to be acceptable anywhere in the USA.
This match was along way form home and a long way from Premier
League football, so will tell us little about what will happen on
the opening day at West Ham, but Mauricio might have learned a bit
about some players and will be watching carefully over the next few
games, when he will see more of them in action and then welcome back
some of the World Cup players along with a couple of new signings