It was a good evening of football at Red Bull Arena as Tottenham Hotspur was finishing off their pre-season American tour against the New York Red Bulls. But for those in attendance they wanted to see the new acquisition in former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill.
You saw him quickly show why he was so sought after as 3rd designated player and how well he worked behind the strikers. He gave Spurs all they could handle in the first half, but in the 7th minute he was taken down in the area by Jan Vertonghen and the ref quickly pointed to the spot. Kenny Cooper would take the penalty in the 8th minute and converted it inside the near post.
All throughout the first half Cahill was barking out orders and giving advice on how to stay compact and give attacking runs. Another player that had a strong first half was keeper Bill Gaudette. Since coming over in a trade from the Los Angeles Galaxy, he has been solid, which has been vital considering Ryan Meara’s injury.
But as the second half got underway and the substitutions came in, Spurs were able to convert some of their chances and did so quickly. Gareth Bale was able to equalize in the 59th minute with some help as Gylfi Sigurdsson got to the far corner. As the corner was taken and a bit high, Bale showed some fantastic leaping prowess. He was able to head the ball into the upper near ninety that Gaudette couldn’t reach. At the same time Dax McCarty was too small to try and stop Bale, but once again it was a fantastic header.
Five minutes later the Icelandic attacking midfielder that helped Bale equalize got one for himself. The Red Bulls allowed to much space in their area and Sigurdsson, who saw Markus Holgersson come towards him, made a quick move and fired a bending shot that found the inside of the far post and inside side netting.
Now you know why certain Premiership sides like Liverpool and Tottenham were going after this player. If he can help Spurs make that big push for a title in England, he could be a great purchase. But right now Spurs won the friendly by a final of two goals to one.
Thierry Henry was given the night off and rightfully so; he was concentrating on the next MLS match as the Red Bulls are traveling down to Houston, Texas. They take on the Dynamo Friday night, to be shown on NBC Sports Network. At the same time that will be Cahill’s first MLS match with his new side.
Clearly Tottenham Hotspur is almost ready to begin the new Premiership season. It was nice to see those coming from London and within the United States to support Spurs get to visit one of the best venues in the USA. But once again the Red Bulls are in the middle of their season, and nothing will satisfy them more than a solid finish at the top of the east and making a big run to the MLS Cup Final.