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
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