England’s Tottenham Hotspur defeated Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC 3-2 last night after jumping out to an early 2-0 lead on the home side.
Just hours before kickoff, Spurs’ Gylfi Sigurrdsson was slated to be in the starting XI, but was removed for unknown reasons. Turns out he was sent to Swansea City in a transfer earlier in the day for Michael Davies and Michel Vorm. Davies joined Tottenham shortly before the match, as Swansea were already in the US for their preseason friendlies as well.
Nevertheless, the stage was set for Jermain Defoe to faceoff against his old club. Defoe captained the Reds last night, but couldn’t draw blood from his old club. The scoring was started by Erik Lamela sixteen minutes in; as he send a curler into the net. He connected on a ball that was laid off perfectly by Roberto Soldado and finished with Lamela’s left foot.
Lamela then doubled the lead in the 40th minute with a similar effort. After another layoff from Soldado, Lamela finished the shot from just inside the box.
Halftime brought about dozens of changes between the two sides. Newly appointed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino substituted every outfield player on the pitch, leaving only Brad Friedel in goal. Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen made wholesale changes as well leaving only four of the original eleven on the pitch.
The second half actually had a better flow to it with the subs playing, and was very entertaining. TFC pulled one back in the 63rd minute on a goal from Andrew Weideman. The young forward was put through on a great looking through ball from Lowitz and was able to finish with a nice first time shot past Friedel. Just nine minutes later the Reds evened the scoreline via 18 year old Jordan Hamilton. This time it was Weideman who assisted on the goal, as Hamilton slotted a low shot under Friedel and into the corner. However, there were still goals to be scored.
With only six minutes to play England international Andros Townsend gave Spurs the winner on a goal set up by a mistake at the back by Toronto. A string of bad passes saw possession lost to Tottenham and Lewis Holtby who played the ball to Townsend for a right footed blast past a diving Roberts in goal.
Spurs were dominant with their first XI and that is a good sign for the Lilywhites after a disastrous season against the top teams in England. Toronto were given energy by their young players, which is a great sign in their team development at the lower levels. TFC best represented Major League Soccer last night with their narrow defeat against a top 6 side from England.