New York Red Bulls
New York Challenge Tournament

          Thursday 22nd July 2010




New York Red Bulls   1   Tottenham Hotspur    2      (Half-time score : 1-0)

New York Challenge Tournament
Venue : -  Home Depot stadium, Harrison NJ
Thursday 22nd July 2010
Kick Off :  8.30 p.m. local time
Crowd :   20,312
Referee :  Chris Penso
Weather :  -   Hot
Teams : - 
New York Red Bulls :

18  Coundoul  (24 Sutton 46)

  7  Miller
  5  Ream
  4  Mendes (c)  (12  Petke  46)
  3  Albright  (11  Hall  63)

20  Lindepere
19  Richards  (  5  Ring  46)
33  Robinson  (  8  Obiparipovic  63)
  6  Stammler  (25  Chinn  77)

10  Kandji
14  Henry    (23  Tchani  46)

Unused subs: 
11  Borman

Tottenham Hotspur :

23  Cudicini

  2  Hutton
22  Corluka  (11  Taarabt  46)
28  Walker
  3  Bale 

16  Naughton  (31  Townsend  46)
  8  Jenas
  6  Huddlestone
21  Kranjcar  (25  Rose  70)

14  Modric  (33  Mason  76)

10  Keane  (c) 

Unused subs: 
35  Button
40  A. Smith
  C. Butcher
34  Obika

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
New York Red Bulls

white shirts, with red trim
red shorts
white socks

navy shirts with yellow trim
navy shorts with yellow trim
navy socks with yellow turnover

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
New York Red Bulls

Henry 24

Tottenham Hotspur

Keane 62
Bale 72
Cards : -  
New York Red Bulls



Tottenham Hotspur 



Match Report : -  

Travelling across the States to the muggy heat of the East Coast, Spurs entered the Home Depot stadium to play their first game in the New York Challenge tournament against the New York Red Bulls featuring their new signing, the cheating Gooner Thierry Henry.

While the game at San Jose was nothing more than a friendly and a warm-up, this had an element of competitiveness about it and the home crowd were getting all excited ab9out the first showing by their new signing.

In truth, the match was a bit better than the previous Spurs game, but the opposition once more lacked a degree of quality than we are used to, so it was a little more gripping, but not much.

Tom Huddlestone warmed Coundoul's hands (if they needed warming) in the first minute, with a 25 yard effort hit low, but straight at the keeper.  The home team showed they were going to make a game of it, with a right wing cross that produced a header that went wide and then, after a couple of ricochets off Spurs players' legs, Henry was onto the ball 12 yards out, but Cudicini smothered his shot.  The former Gooner then played a one-two off Walker's face and hit a shot well wide from 20 yards.

In the 13th minute, the Bulls should have gone ahead, when a right wing cross found Seth Stammler at the far post with an open goal in front of him.  The NY midfielder managed to scuff his shot into the goalmouth (sideways instead of forward) where Kandji tried to take advantage of the chance, but Cudicini blocked his effort and then Stammler followed in to kick it out for a goal kick.  It was a let off for Spurs, who almost hit back, when Ream brought down Jenas centrally, about 25 yards out and Huddlestone hit a free kick that was deflected over the top in the 16th minute.

Gareth Bale's pace was troubling the Red Bulls defence and one run ended with a cross that went between Kranjcar and Keane, then the Spurs captain was played through the middle, but his legs could not get him to the ball quick enough and his weak touch went through to the goalie.  In the 23rd minute, Spurs had a good chance when a long corner was played back by Kranjcar to Jenas, whose first time shot from 20 yards was rising all the time.

Three minutes later, the home side took the lead.  A ball was played in low form the left wing and arriving at the near post, Henry managed to get ahead of Corluka and slide the ball across Cudicini into the other side of the goal to make it 1-0.

In response, Tottenham stepped up the pace a bit and Modric tried to play Keane through, but the ball came back off his heels to Jenas, who hit it first time, but wide and then just before the half hour, the ball was played from right to left, where Bale crossed to Keane.  The Irishman's header went into the six yard box towards Jenas, but the keeper beat him to the ball.  Keane was also involved in the 33rd minute, when he put Modric through on the left side of the box and as the keeper came out to him, took it around him, but when his cross was played into the area, it was headed away at the near post.  The same happened to Bale's cross after Hud's inch perfect pass over the full back picked the Welshman out.

Right on half-time, Hud once more produced an incisive pass, putting Keane through one-on-one with Ream, but he failed to get past the central defender.

With Henry getting Modric's shirt as they went off for half-time, it looked like neither would be returning, but the Croatian was out for the second half, but the French handball player stayed in the locker room (as I believe the locals say).  Spurs brought on Adel Taarabt (wearing the number 11 shirt !!) for Corluka and Townsend for Naughton.   This left the side playing more or less the same 4-4-1-1 formation.  The Bulls changed three players at the break and one was the Canadian keeper Sutton coming on, for what proved to be a challenging 45 minutes.

New York started well, with Lindpere shooting over in the first couple of minutes, but Spurs got moving and started to create more openings.  Five minutes in, Hutton's right wing cross found Kranjcar, but his volley was into the ground, which made it an easy stop for Sutton.  There was a spell of five minutes when Tottenham were pushed back into their own third and Bulls had three shots, but when they broke out, Bale gave Keane a shooting opportunity, which was blocked, then Kranjcar hit a 20 yarder that was saved.

It appeared that a goal was coming and from Townsend's corner, Tchani was back defending and got in his keeper's way, flicking the ball onto the far post as Sutton came to claim it, leaving Robbie Keane the simple task of volleying home for a couple of yards out past the man on the goal line. 

With the scores level, Kandji had a good chance to restore the lead for the Red Bulls, but put a header over in the 67th minute, with a shot flying over a couple of minutes after that form another Bulls player.

Shortly after Danny Rose replaced Niko Kranjcar and played at left back, freeing Bale to go into midfield, Spurs went ahead.  The Welshman chased down a high ball along the left and substitute Jeremy Hall tried to head it back to his keeper, but lacked sufficient weight on it and Bale was quick enough to stretch a leg out to poke it past Sutton as he came out, although Sutton managed to poke Bale in the eye as he did so.  72 minutes gone and 2-1 to Spurs.

A couple of substitutions for each sides took place and New York's Chinn almost made an immediate impact, after Huddlestone almost reciprocated with a weak header and the Red Bulls man was denied by Cudicini with 12 minutes left.  Within a minute, Kandji made a chance for Richards, who put it narrowly wide of the right hand post and then with ten minutes remaining, Chinn came even closer, when Ubiparipovic crossed for the other sub to head against the bar.

The remainder of the game was non-eventful and the final whistle sounded on a 2-1 Spurs win, with little to comment on other than it was a good work-out and they go into the match against Sporting Lisbon at the weekend with a chance of winning the tournament.  A good way to get a winning habit going, but Harry Redknapp's main aim will be to get the team sharpened up and home without too many more injuries.

bud wiser


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