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
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