EPL club Tottenham beats Red Bulls 2-1 in friendly

Gareth Bale and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored second-half goals to

lead English club Tottenham the only win of its preseason tour of

the United States with a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on


The win gave the Premier League’s fourth-place finisher last

season the New York Cup, marking the second time in three years

Spurs have won a trophy in the Big Apple. They previously beat the

Red Bulls 2-1 in the 2010 New York Challenge.

Sigurdsson broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 64th minute after finding

a sliver of space between him and Red Bulls defender Markus

Holgersson deep on the left side. He hooked a high shot into the

upper right corner past leaping Red Bulls keeper Bill Gaudette.

Bale, playing at forward instead of midfield with Tottenham

carrying only player up front on the match friendly tour, leveled

the game in the 54th when he jumped over the shorter Dax McCarty

and headed in a corner.

Kenny Cooper, a 13-goal scorer in the regular season, put the

Red Bulls ahead 1-0 in the 8th minute with a penalty after defender

Jan Vertonghen took down former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill of

Australia in the box.

Cooper converted with a low shot near the left post, and it

stood as the Red Bulls’ only shot of a sluggish first half for both


Spurs fared only slightly better, getting off five shots but

only two on goal. One of those was thwarted by a leaping Gaudette,

who lifted Bale’s high, hard shot just over the crossbar in the

12th minute.

Cahill, signed by the Red Bulls last Thursday, spent the

previous eight seasons in the Premier League, scoring 68 goals in

278 appearances with Everton.

Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was rested after an intense

stretch of games and midfielder Rafa Marquez was a late scratch

with discomfort in his left calf. He was replaced by Connor


In the first two matches on its tour, Tottenham drew with the

Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 and played to a scoreless draw with English

rival Liverpool.