EPL club Tottenham beats Red Bulls 2-1 in friendly

Gareth Bale and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored second-half goals to

lead English Premier League club Tottenham to its only win on a

preseason tour of the U.S. with a 2-1 victory over the New York Red

Bulls on Tuesday night.

The win gave the EPL’s fourth-place finisher last season the New

York Cup, marking the second time in three years the Spurs have won

a trophy in the Big Apple. They previously beat the Red Bulls 2-1

in the 2010 Barclay’s New York Challenge.

Sigurdsson snapped a 1-1 tie in the 64th minute after finding a

sliver of space between himself 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 goalie Bill Gaudette.

Bale, playing at forward instead of midfield with Tottenham

carrying only one front-liner on the three-exhibition tour, evened

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

and headed in a corner kick.

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

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

defender Jan Vertonghen took down former Everton midfielder Tim

Cahill 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


The 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 EPL, scoring 68 goals in 278

appearances with Everton.

Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry sat out to rest 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 EPL

rival Liverpool.