Tottenham ended their first open pre-season fixture in defeat against the MLS All-Stars at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, despite a dominant performance.
Jan Vertonghen captained the side, whilst new recruit Toby Alderweireld made his debut for the club in the number four shirt. As had been speculated, Eric Dier started in midfield alongside Nabil Bentaleb.
Despite an early wobble defensively, Spurs dominated much of the opening spell. A few efforts from Zusi and Dempsey tested Vorm, although it was Mauricio Pochettino’s side that enjoyed much of the possession.
The opening goal however went to the American side. Nacer Chadli conceded a penalty after the ball caught his hand from a corner, something that frustrated Kyle Walker in particular. AC Milan legend Kaká buried the ball past Michel Vorm to put the All-Stars 1-0 up.
The second goal was not far behind. Created by Kaká, David Villa smashed home the pass from the wing to send many tired Spurs fans into pre-season panic, with the Premier League only 9 days away. The USA stars led 2-0.
Spurred on by their fortunate lead against the run of play, the All-Stars stole dominance from the Lilywhites. Kane continued to be denied by Rimando, as the American goalkeeper continued to play a cracker.
Spurs were back in it from ‘one of our own’ just before half-time. The goal from some distance flew past the ‘keeper, with the impressive finish giving Spurs a fighting chance as the interval arrived.
Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer and Dele Alli started the second half, each making their Tottenham Hotspur debuts. Tom Carroll also joined to replace Nabil Bentaleb.
The second spell saw far less action, with Luke McGee, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Federico Fazio, DeAndre Yedlin and Josh Onomah coming on after the hour. Nacer Chadli was working hard to draw Spurs level, and saw several efforts go wide.
The All-Stars were unlucky not to make it three, as Trippier was forced to clear off the line late on. Onomah came close with 10 minutes remaining, although the keeper managed to save his fearsome effort.
The game finished 2-1 to the MLS All-Stars.