LA Galaxy draws against Tottenham

BY foxsports • July 25, 2012

Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Los Angeles' David Junior Lopes scored first-half goals as Spurs and the Galaxy played out a 1-1 draw in friendly on Tuesday.

Bale scored on a brilliant 17th-minute header to give the English club the lead but Brazilian defender Lopes sent home a feed from Hector Jimenez 11 minutes later to pull L.A. even.

The Galaxy were without stars David Beckham, in London for the Olympics, and Landon Donovan, preparing for Wednesday's MLS All-Star game against Chelsea.

Former Tottenham star Robbie Keane led L.A.'s first-half attack.

Tottenham, playing its first match of a three-game U.S. tour, lost midfielder Rafael van der Vaart and fullback Kyle Walker to injury. Van der Vaart walked off in the 35th minute with an apparent groin injury, and Walker was hurt midway through the second half, tumbling into the advertising board behind the Spurs' goal.

Tottentham coach Andre Villas-Boas said both would be sidelined for three to four days.

Bale outjumped the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, MLS' 2011 defender of the year, to send new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross from the left flank over goalkeeper Brian Perk and into the upper-left corner.

''He came back to us during this week, so (we had to) control the amount of effort he could put in,'' Villas-Boas said. ''Gareth is extremely young (23) and physically a beast, so he was able to put on the effort, and we extended (his time) because we want him to complete a certain amount of minutes before we start the season.''

Lopes scored his first goal since joining the Galaxy in April just 11 minutes later, finishing a superb sequence after Spurs cleared a corner kick.

Marcelo Sarvas found Hector Jimenez sneaking behind Tottenham left back Sebastien Bassong, curled the ball onto the second-year winger's foot, and Jimenez volleyed it low across the box for Lopes to finish.

L.A. had the better chances the rest of the half, with Keane twice reaching the box unopposed - Kyle Walker knocked the ball away from behind in the 33rd minute, and goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved with a foot in the 39th.

Keane admitted to being a little reluctant to play the game, coming as it did in the midst of a busy spell in the Galaxy's calendar, but soon warmed to the task.

''It was good to see (Keane),'' Villas-Boas said. ''I was talking to him in warmup, trying to tell him to calm down a little bit. His willingness and power and drive is always there, he's an experienced striker, and he managed to get through our defense a couple of times. In fairness to him, he continues to show his quality.''

The Galaxy made seven changes at halftime, and a young group - two teenagers up front, a rookie in goal, three more on the backline and another in midfield - was forced to defend almost all of the second half.

Tottenham managed several chances, with Jermain Defoe, racing past Gonzalez and into the box from a pass from behind midfield, firing just past the left post in the 55th minute.

Tottenham plays Saturday against Liverpool in Baltimore and next Tuesday against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

The Galaxy have a friendly Aug. 2 at home against Spanish champion Real Madrid.

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