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LA Galaxy vs Tottenham Hotspur, Friendly: Open Thread

white hart lane LA Galaxy vs Tottenham Hotspur, Friendly: Open Thread

Tottenham Hotspur kicks off its 2012 US summer tour with a friendly against LA Galaxy tonight at Home Depot Center. If you live in the United States, the only way to watch the game is on ESPN3 at 10:30pm ET, so get your computers or smartphones ready for what should be an interesting match to watch.

Interesting, why, you may ask? First, will Gareth Bale play? The Welsh wizard was supposed to be injured, which is why he isn’t playing for Great Britain’s Olympic football team. Team GB plays its first game on Thursday, but it’s quite possible that Bale will put in an appearance tonight in southern California. So what happened to that injury? Originally, it was reported the Bale aggravated an injury to his hip and back, but that he would still be ready for the start of the Premier League season. So if he does play for Spurs tonight, you have to wonder how real the injury reports really were.

Second, how will Andre Villas-Boas‘s line up? Can we expect to see his defenders play a high-line? Are we going to learn anything from this game, or will it be one of those preseason matches where there’s so much chopping and changing of players that we won’t be able to discern anything?

Third, I’m interested in seeing how some of the B-players on Tottenham’s squad do, particularly Harry Kane. The striker was very impressive for the England u19 team in their quarter-final victory against France in the u19 European Championship. In previous years on US tours, we’ve been entertained by up-and-coming Tottenham players including Andros Townsend, who I remember was running up and down the left wing against San Jose Earthquakes in 2010.

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12 Responses to LA Galaxy vs Tottenham Hotspur, Friendly: Open Thread

  1. The Gaffer says:

    In the other matches tonight involving Premier League teams playing in the United States, Colorado has taken an early lead against Swansea, while Columbus Crew is beating Stoke City 2-1 late in the match.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Tottenham starting line-up: Cudicini; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Bassong; Livermore, Sigurdsson; Townsend, van der Vaart, Bale; Defoe

    Who’s watching the match tonight? Any hard-core fans out there?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. Dools says:

    I’ll watch, but as a New England Revolution and Man United supporter, I’ll be a neutral.

  4. Pete says:

    Kyle Walker is fit enough to start for Tottenham but not picked for GB. We’re taking this GB team very serious aren’t we?

  5. Alex Wolcott says:

    If soccer is on somewhere it usually finds its way onto one of my monitors.

  6. NotTheNoob says:

    I just tuned in. Hey look at that, Gareth Bale got the start.

  7. gbewing says:

    I like what Townsend is doing so far and great combo Siggy-Bale
    the set piece defense isn’t so great so far LA getting behind our defenders

  8. prak says:

    Did anyone else see Robbie Leaned grab Townshend’s junk from behind? Wow…

  9. trickybrkn says:

    The Spurs kits really do look like retro American Football Bike coach wear.

    Spurs putting many top players out here, these games so often are just kick arounds looking for breaks. Walker looks like a man among boys… and I had forgotten about Jenas.

  10. Paul says:

    Calling Bale “fast” would be a massive understatement…He hits top speed faster than Valencia.

  11. matthew says:

    I was at the game. I thought AVB played the defense up to high was causing a lot problems in the first half. I thought he pulled back a bit as not not allow LA to over take the defenders. Overall, I thought an exciting even though Spurs didn’t win. I went to the training session on Sunday and it was great. Great to see Dawson out there.

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