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Seattle Sounders vs Tottenham Hotspur: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

Tottenham Hotspur kicks off its preseason tour of the United States this afternoon with a friendly against Seattle Sounders in front of what is expected to be a huge crowd.

On Monday, the Sounders announced that they had sold over 52,000 tickets for the game. And it’s possible that it may end up being a 64,000 sell-out.

For Tottenham, this will be a good test to see how Mauricio Pochettino’s players adapt to his new system of play.

TV times:

For viewers in the United States, the match will be on:

Seattle Sounders vs Tottenham, 4pm ET/1pm PT on ESPN2 and

Commentators: Jon Champion and Kasey Keller
Sideline reporter: Monica Gonzalez

Starting lineups:

Seattle: Frei, Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Anibaba, Neagle, Alonso, Pineda, Pappa, Martins, Dempsey.

Subs: Ford, Bowen, Kovar, Okoli, Remick, Estrada, Traore, Barrett, Pereira, Weaver, Long, Cooper, Azira.

Tottenham: Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Fryers, Rose, Holtby, Capoue, Carroll, Townsend, Kane, Lennon

Subs: McGee, Fredericks, Kaboul, Veljkovic, Walker, Carroll, Ceballos, Eriksen, Falque, Lamela, Mason, Soldado.

In team news, Tottenham made a late change removing Gylfi Sigurdsson from the line-up and replacing him with Tom Carroll. Within the last few minutes, The Daily Mail newspaper in England is reporting that a deal has been reached to send Sigurdsson to Swansea, with the Swans getting the Icelandic attacking midfielder plus cash in exchange for Ben Davies and Michel Vorm heading to White Hart Lane.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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  1. Dust

    July 20, 2014 at 1:12 am

    No surprises today.. Lennon, Naughton, Rose, Dawson, Townsend and Kane were all poor, Kane may seem harsh but his movement off the ball is bad bad bad, it’s not an easy fix either.

    We were without without 7 starters from the W/C, Eriksen and Walker not even making an appearance and Vlad back in London while Ade misses his 3rd pre season in a row, this time with Maleria … Unluckiest footballer ward nominee at least.

    Seattle could’ve been 4-1 up by half time if their striker wasnt so poor, thanks to Dawson…I think he shaved 9million of his price today, if anyone is still interested.

    Carroll, Holtby, Fryers, Soldado, Lamela, Kapow, Falque, played well, and Carroll’s ball in the first half to Kane that led to the goal was sublime…he has so much potential IMO.

    Tactically I didn’t see anything new, I was surprised how fit we looked considering it was the first pre season game. I hear Ben Davis is done,Thank goodness!

    I’m looking forward to experiencing the Chicago game esp after the WC turn out they had.


  2. Ivan

    July 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Did they play on that abomination of a field, that makes the game unplayable and unwatchable?

    Artificial turf means I won’t be watching, sorry!

    Sounders, Timbers, Revs, get your stuff together, the game is meant to be played on real grass!

    • R.O

      July 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Well for the Sounders they don’t have a lot of choice. It’s controlled by the Seahawks and NFL.

      Revs same thing, Patriots have control.

      But Portland have a soccer specific stadium and that should be grass.

      Sounders should have their own soccer specific stadium but not sure if city of Seattle will go for that.

      I dislike turf too.

      KC vs LA game not too bad. Watchable.

      • goisles01

        July 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        Red Bulls hurt the most from turf, even though they don’t play on it, because their best player, Thierry Henry, doesn’t play on turf to save his knees. Not even substitutes.

  3. Bo

    July 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Good 1st game. Holtby looking very good. Soldado,Lamela, and Townsend starting out good. Danny Rose surprisingly did well the time he played saving the terrible defense even more. Fryers is young and Dawson has just gotten to slow and makes mistakes. Lennon might as well been back in London, not sure where we was in the game. Kaboul’s not my first choice but he’s a keeper and good rotation. Wish to had seen Eriksen come on but maybe next time. Good for some of the young players get a chance to play. Need improvement but on the right track.

  4. R.O

    July 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Surprised by the announcement that Besler signed long term contract to stay with KC. I guess offers from the European clubs weren’t very good.

    • Americano & Proud

      July 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Why? He’s 27 years old and likely not gonna develop much more than where he is now. Much different story with Yedlin. But good for Besler staying home and continuing as a marque player in MLS.

  5. Peter Quinn

    July 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    What a hit by Alonso. Very nice!

    • KapUSMC

      July 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Beauty for sure… If only Cuba would release him.

  6. Abdirahman

    July 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Supersport are using the commentry of jon champion so we are listening same feed which is good. but who is that co-commentator? he is awfull.

    • Christopher Harris

      July 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Kasey Keller.

  7. Peter Quinn

    July 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Panenka penalty…how about that?

    • KapUSMC

      July 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I don’t like it.. Not in a friendly at least.

  8. KapUSMC

    July 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Soft penalty.. But Seattle has probably been the better team to this point.

  9. Christopher Harris

    July 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Today’s a good example why I’m not a fan of Kasey Keller, the co-commentator. As a goalkeeper, and giving goalkeeping analysis, he’s superb. But as a co-commentator, he’s too nice. He’s not willing to state that, for example, Eric Lamela was a flop last season (instead, he said something about Lamela not having as good a season as he would have liked).

    The other example was his description of Pochettino’s opinion about the pitch. Keller said something along the lines of The pitch was something that Pochettino wasn’t so nice about.” Ok, so what did he say about the pitch? Don’t hold back. Say it like it’s so.

    • KapUSMC

      July 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Agreed completely. Pretty common with former players though… I think that was the best thing about Howard doing EPL games, even as a current player he was completely surprising in being able to be somewhat critical when warranted.

  10. Christopher Harris

    July 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Brilliant cross by Tom Carroll to lead to the goal by Holtby.

  11. R.O

    July 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I fully expect negative feedback (and thumbs down) from the comment and opinion I’m about to make, but I’m just expressing my feels.

    I’m hoping every single MLS team that plays against teams from another non US league(regardless from which continent)get beat by a significant margin.

    Why, hopefully this will wake up Garber and MLS officials to take steps to significantly make major improvement in MLS. From player contracts, to field conditions, to game style and play, to officiating, and play off structure.

    I’m only watching today’s game because Tottenham is playing. I’m going to MLS all-star game only because they are playing Bayern (as a Dortmund fan I strongly dislike).

    I do want MLS to succeed and become a top class league but under current conditions and leadership, it’ll be another 30 years before MLS even gets close.


    • Remy

      July 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Ha! That didn’t happen, Eurosnob.

      • R.O

        July 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        I knew someone was going to tag me as a “Eurosnob”. So Mr Remy let me give you a little (a lot) of the fan I am of the game.

        First, I don’t care if it’s European Teams, Latin Teams (South, Central), African or whatever continent the team(s) are from, I still want them to beat the MLS team because as I wrote, to wake up Garber and MLS top officials to make improvements in MLS and take it to the next level.

        So, now Mr. Remy, I’ve been watching Soccer (Football) in the US since the original NASL days. I attended my first NASL game in 1976 – San Jose Earthquakes. I went to many games until NASL folded.

        IMO the 1983 SJ Earthquakes with players Steve Zungul, Stan Terlecki, Godfrey Ingram, Leonardo Cuellar, Jan Goossens would beat any MLS today Consistently!

        After the NASL folded, I went to games in the WSL (Western Soccer League)to watch the Earthquakes. The quakes also played against many Int’l clubs like Porto, Alianza and others.

        When the WSL folded, I attended APSL games to watch the SF Blackhawks (who won a championship).

        When MLS started I attended 70% of Clash/Earthquake games between 1997 to 2005.

        I also attended almost all home games of the San Francisco Seals in the USL including their famous US Open Cup run in which they knocked out 2 MLS teams and made it all the way to the semi.

        I have supported Soccer in the USA and leagues here for over 35 years. So Remy, before you label someone or assume (and we all the old saying about assuming – are you one?)something about someone, don’t be so quick to do so.

        Yes I’m a Dortmund fan, have been since the early 1970’s. My mother is from their.

        But I’ve supported Soccer in the USA and league for many years. Do I go to MLS games now, rarely (3 games in last 7 years). As I’ve commented before, IMO MLS has taken a step backwards since about 2005-2006 in play, tactics and quality.

        I don’t know your age so I can’t judge how long you’ve been watch leagues in the USA, but it seems you like to label folks just because they like a team or league from another country or are critical of the MLS.


        • Flyvanescence

          July 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

          I am right with you in perspective. I dont have a long history of supporting American soccer, but i follow the US Open Cup and try to go to those games. My problem with MLS is the way the league is run, and with USSF for not doing its job (instead letting the leagues do whatever they want). Garber is not a soccer guy at all and one would think he is running the NFL the way he talks. The convoluted rules and parity mechanisms, no relegation (USSF’s fault there) and other ways they deliberately go against the way soccer works everywhere else in the world except Australia, etc.

          Oh and the PR is nauseating.

          • R.O

            July 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

            Yup. I feel the USSF is/has lost a big potential in the Open Cup. Could big really big.

            Regarding promotion and regulation, I’m on the fence on that. No because I’m against it but the culture in the USA the general sports fan I don’t feel would brace it and it would financially hurt those teams that were regulated. Maybe someday, but I don’t feel the MLS is ready for it.

            Having said that, I believe it might work between NASL and USL Pro. Two teams go up or down, not more.

            For that to be successful, USSF would have to make sure NASL and USL cooperate.

            Also I feel USSF (or leagues) should look at a Baseball minor league setup for US soccer 4th division and below. Regional leagues. Would help teams financially due to travel costs.

            Instead of promo and reg in MLS, keep current 2 divisions use the old Swiss or Austrian championship format. Top 3 teams in each division go into one group. Each play each other once and top two teams at end highest points via W-D-L) play for the title.

            It’s not prefect but it’s better than the current format.

            Yes Garber thinks he’s back in the NFL. Add to that the MLS webstite is horrific. They don’t even have the standing on the front page. The German Bundesliga website is a good format. All info on front page and you click for more detailed info.

            MLS also needs to have a weekly Highlight show exactly like the EPL review show. Same time and day each week for free and also available on You-Tube a day or two after it airs on TV.

            The other thing (among many)I don’t care for, that the USSF owns the players rights and can decide if a player can transfer to an oversees team.

            Baseball Teams use to have that thing until sued in the 1970’s (Curt Flood). I don’t know how MLS is getting away with it.

            So many more things could be done to take MLS to the next level. But MLS and Garber have their heads up their XXXX 🙂

          • Flyvanescence

            July 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

            My response to the relegation argument is to look at the JLeague. Started basically same time as MLS. In a similar professional sports market that included a very popular “closed” baseball league.

            Difference is, they didnt institute all the quirky rules
            and regulations and restrictions, and the Japanese FA instituted relegation and promotion gradually over the course of several years, starting from the bottom of the Japanese pyramid and working its way up.

            Its been very successful and Japanese clubs often win the Asian CL and do well at the Club World Cup.

        • jtm371

          July 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm

          Since you were a Quakes fan all I have to say is Crazy George! 🙂 I was a NASL Sounders fan.

          • R.O

            July 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

            “E-A-R-T-H Quaaakes” lol.

            Yup, Crazy George.

            Sounders in NASL made it to the Championship final twice and won the Trans-Atlantic Challenge cup in 1981.

            Earthquakes best was 1983 when they made it to the semi and lost to Toronto.

          • jtm371

            July 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

            Went to Final in Portland when they lost to Cosmos tough loss.

        • Remy

          July 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

          All that diatribe to tell me you are not a Eurosnob? You could have just said so.
          By the way, I am happy you follow Dortmund fan and it is a good team, but I doubt they can beat Bayern in any competition. And that is the problem with some European leagues, lack of competition. One or two teams dominate and everyone else is happy not to be relegated. And Eurosnobs think that is exciting.
          Well, it is not and will never work in the US. I choose to watch and support MLS and don’t need you or anyone else to tell me otherwise.
          Do I wish promotion and relegation were an option? Sure but it is not and will never be.
          Do I want better salaries for MLS players? Yes, but where’s the money going to come from?
          Do I wish all teams played on grass. Yes, but it is not a choice many of them have.
          So I am happy with what we have, which is better than nothing.

          • R.O

            July 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm

            Remy wrote: “I am happy you follow Dortmund fan and it is a good team, but I doubt they can beat Bayern in any competition.”

            Really, ok – Recent Bundesliga champion 2012–13, 2013–14, German Cup winner (beating Bayern) 2013–14, German Super Cup winner (beating Bayern) 2013. Yes BVB lost to Bayern in CL. But you wrote “can’t be Bayern in any competition.

            Also you noted that: “So I am happy with what we have, which is better than nothing.”

            Then IMO you are willing to settle for mediocrity. I won’t.

            MLS between 1997-2005 was getting better, including playing style and tactics. Once the league decided to bring in lower level league players (from Concacaf leagues), play got sloppy.

            It wasn’t that way before. MLS had a core of very good players from the USA and oversees.

            As I said, I’m not willing to settle for “its better than nothing” because in the end IMO, it’s becomes worse than nothing.

            Right now I prefer to watch NASL. Yes it’s second division and the play is erratic at times, but for a 2nd division it often equals MLS in style and play.

            As for saying I could have just said that I’m not a Eurosnob, IMO I doubt you would have taken my word on that so I felt it was necessary to give you some details on my long history of support for leagues in the US.

  12. R.O

    July 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Artificial turf – boo. Rule should be any MLS team (or US Men’s or Women’s Nat team) game vs another country club or Nat’l – no playing on artifical turf. MLS wants to play league games on the carpet (crap) oh well.

    And none of the “it’s rains a lot” bull. In northern England it rains a lot, in Germany in the Westfalen area (Schalke, Dortmund, Glabach, etc) it rains a lot.

    If MLS wants to be taken serious, NO turf – period, especially in International games.

    • Christopher Harris

      July 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Agreed. Artificial turf ruins the authenticity of a match.

    • CTBlues

      July 19, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      They really should take a look at the hybrid surface the Eagles and some teams in Europe use. They have todo some research to see how that hybrid surface holds up to games on the same weekend or close together like a Seahawk game on Monday night then the Sounders in CCL on Wednesday night and MLS on Saturday afternoon or a college football game. That is one thing most soccer teams in Europe don’t have to deal with except for a few that share with rugby teams in northern England.

      • goisles01

        July 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        New York Giants have a great hybrid turf as well, maybe the same as Eagles

        • CTBlues

          July 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm

          No they play on an artificial surface. The only other teams in the US that use it besides the Eagles are the Packers and Broncos.

          • Christopher Harris

            July 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

            Swansea have natural grass but their pitch is threaded with small artificial fibers, so while it’s still natural grass, it lasts longer than normal wear and tear.

            Swansea share their stadium with the local rugby team so there are weeks during the season when the pitch is used twice. But it still manages to stay in tip top shape.

          • goisles01

            July 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

            My bad. Whatever it is its still a hell of a lot better than the Astroturf they used to play on.

          • goisles01

            July 20, 2014 at 12:37 am

            Official name of the turf at Metlife is UBU Sports Speed S5-M Turf System

          • CTBlues

            July 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm


            That is what the Eagles use, so the Seahawks,Timbers, BC Place owners should switch to that. From the design of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium I don’t think the opening in the roof would allow enough light in to keep the grass alive and if the Vikings also get a team I believe their new stadium may have a similar problem.

  13. Christopher Harris

    July 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    It seems so bizarre having Jon Champion as a presenter. He’s doing OK, but he’s definitely a better commentator than presenter.

  14. RJ

    July 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Guess this will be a swan song (no pun intended) for Friedel if Vorm is coming in. He won’t ever see time on the pitch.

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