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Tottenham Hotspur vs. New York Red Bulls

Tottenham Hotspur vs. New York Red Bulls

Hopefully we will see a fitter and more cohesive Tottenham tonight (or it it morning?) in the clubs final game in the USA.

As I have mentioned previously, the performances are secondary at this stage of the teams preparation, but you hope that game upon game, the players look sharper and they gain a greater insight into the new managers tactics, but as is usually the case the side will be hampered by injuries and absentees, which makes preparation all the harder and progress difficult to measure.

At this stage, I assume that Jermain Defoe will still be unavailable, which though offers another opportunity fot Harry Kane. I still question whether he will stay or go on loan, in the next few weeks. But however well he may do, it is clearly a problem to again have to prepare without an established striker.

The same applies to the likes of Sandro, Giovani, Caulker and Rose, whilst injury to Parker going into the start of the season may be opportunities to impress or salvage Spurs careers for some, but frustratingly is hampers the impact that AVB can have, and you can imagine all of those players either being key figures or having an opportunity to prove their quality.

New York Red Bulls are currently top of the MLS Eastern Conference and have a few familier names of note, with Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, who has just signed from Everton and a certain Teemu Taino (though perhaps he will be injured). With a game on Friday, NYRB's have already stated that this will be a game filled with Substitutions and the majority of players will play no more than 45 minutes, and to a degree I expect Spurs to do much the same.

At least this being shown at midnight (GMT) we can at least attempt to watch the game and be fit for work the next day, and as much as I understand the need for players to gain form and fitness over an outstanding performance, it would be nice to see something to get excited about for my loss of sleep...



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Tuesday July 31 2012
Time: 6:13PM

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The hard bit is staying up that late when you get up early.... i now have sympathy for spurs guys in OZ NZ Brazil etc
Big Ron
31/07/2012 18:17:00
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I notice we sold Pienaar. What happened to all the total rubbish I had to read on here for months about how he was stuck with us, unable to shift his high wages etc etc. Give the crystal ball a slap next time, might save us all some conjecture that was frankly tiring.
Crissybwoy
31/07/2012 18:19:00
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These matches are all about player fitness and squad cohesion. The team that kicks off at St James's will be very different from anything seen so far- so relax and enjoy the girls beach volleyball.
Love totty
31/07/2012 18:29:00
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Is ade still in NY be good to unvail he before the game and stick a shirt straight on his back, I really hope Carroll and thudd get the nod ahead of Livermore and jenass, also I think kane will have a better game tonight it will be a lot cooler and weaker opposition for him to bed in. COYS L
Tottingham10
31/07/2012 18:30:00
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Not sure whether he recovered from the training ground injury, but would love to see Gomes start in this. Don't care too much about the back four but would love to see Thudd, Caroll and Siggy start in midfield. Would also be good to give Lennon another run out so he can start hitting form and fitness.
muttley
31/07/2012 18:45:00
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For those worried about the time of the fixture it is my belief that the game will be aired in full tomorrow tea time on ESPN. It is my wish that Coulibaly gets a run out but i feel i may be disappointed..Kane is top of the pile of prospects and he will get the majority of the 90 to prove this is an accolade he deserves. We may also see Siggy played in the forward line but most probably not. Carroll to get more minutes again tonight and Livermore and Andros too.. COYS
andyraa
31/07/2012 18:48:00
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Hopefully tonight we'll be able to say an emotional farewell to Jenas and Bentley as they play their last game for the club.
Spurs Allday
31/07/2012 18:50:00
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on a lighter note how about this for a song for siggy! who remembers Ebeneezer Goode by the Shamen?? right so thats everybody who was subjected to in their youth or worse whilst out getting nutted in a lousy nightclub. So altogether now: Sigurdsson Sigurdsson whoooaaaaah He's Gylffi Sigurdsson!!!!!!! Sigurdsson Sigurdsson whoooaaaaah He's Gylffi Sigurdsson!!!!!!! Lets face it i'm wasted in my day job! As you were...COYS
andyraa
31/07/2012 18:52:00
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Andyraa unfortunately coulibaly has not travelled to the states so don't think we will be seeing him, great prospect though
Tottingham10
31/07/2012 18:55:00
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yes thought as much Tottingham 10 but i had heard a few shuffles suggesting that as Defoe was heading home he may be drafted into the squad.. Steffen Freund rates the guy EXTREMELY highly and though that mnay count for little i did a little sex wee at the thought of us having him up for selection! COYS
andyraa
31/07/2012 18:59:00
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It is beyond me why he was never taken out there in the first place especially as we only went with 2 strikers, maybe AVB admires him but knows he is not quite ready.
Tottingham10
31/07/2012 19:03:00
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Coulibaly...give him a go please!
jacobslad
31/07/2012 19:13:00
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What about Siggy up front at some stage?
zombie-greavsie
31/07/2012 19:30:00
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No doubt our ol' buddy Henry will score tonight! He seems to have a knack even when it's the Bulls.
zombie-greavsie
31/07/2012 19:37:00
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If Gomes is fit then he has to play the full 90. The other two keepers have had a game each so if Gomes doesn't play he's either not fit or going out the door
In-spurs-ational
31/07/2012 19:46:00
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Went to the training yesterday - I believe Gomes will play - he trained same routine as other keepers and to me looked the best. I will also take all credibility away from my judgement by saying Bentley worked as hard as any other player and seemed to have some of his old skill, hopefully he gets a proper run out as well. VDV and Bale only did light training so the most I expect them to have is a short run out. I would expect the back 4 that start will be what is expected for Newcastle so they get some more practice together lets see how wrong I am later........
NYCspur
31/07/2012 20:00:00
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Looks like I'm in for a long night. It's 2pm in Finland when the game starts. I hope Carroll gets to start, I really want to get a better look at him. Interesting to see Teemu Tainio playing again. He was a decent player for Finland in his prime.
Jables
31/07/2012 20:47:00
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Here's what i'd field: Gomes; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, BAE; Lennon, Carroll, Livermore, Townsend; Sigg, Bale.
dcruzer
31/07/2012 21:13:00
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Later Bentley in for Townsend, VDV in for Sigg, Naughton in for Walker, Hudd in for Livermore, Smith in for BAE. MAY Bassong, Kane, & Jenas never play in our first XI again.
dcruzer
31/07/2012 21:17:00
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I have major doubts over AVB hopefully he will prove me wrong. Pre season doesnt usually bother me but this one will be interesting the closer we get to the start of the season.
MrSpurs
31/07/2012 21:41:00
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I hope our best 11 of squad that flew out to the States get the most minutes. As we get closer to the start of the season, I expect slowly and surely we will start seeing a familiar line-up. Most of all, I seriously hope that ALL the players are able to come through this game injury-free...don't want any of the key players missing the start of the season.
Critical_Spur
31/07/2012 21:50:00
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MrSpurs, that's all fair enough. If we go in to the start of the season with either Gomes or Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, BAE, Sandro, VDV, Sigurdsson, Bale, Lennon, Adebayor and have Hudd, another striker, Naughton, Gallas, another winger on the bench with the non-starting keeper, i won't be too worried. That starting XI, even without a Modric replacement is pretty talented. With some execution of free kicks and corners and some defensive cohesion, I think we'll be ok and would have a great opportunity to get off at a gallop to the season. AVB was not in my top 5. That said, he is a proper manager and coach and has proven, albeit in another league, that he is able to focus on 4 competitions and succeed. He did the same last year, even if he did not get to finish the job. DiMatteo continued what he had begun in the cups and was just as successful in the league using the older players. My money is on DiMatteo getting the sack long before AVB. COYS
peterballb
31/07/2012 21:55:00
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To quote Harry, Bassong, Bentley and Jenas all find themselves in the last chance saloon. COYS
peterballb
31/07/2012 21:56:00
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Just got my free three month espn deal with sky. Ready for tonight's game - not convinced it will be worth watching, however, agree, would be nice to see couilibally.
Windlespur
31/07/2012 22:00:00
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id like to see Coulibaly get 60minutes with Siggy or VDV playing just behind him... i got a good feeling about the kid... seen his youth perfomances and he isent shy to have a crack at goal...
Yidmarks
31/07/2012 22:07:00
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Windle - I got ESPN free like a year ago and have had it ever since. It's not bad. NBA can be quality. MLB is terrible tv.
TopSpur13
31/07/2012 22:08:00
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dcruzer.. with u on never seeing Jenas, Basson and Kane in the team again... add bentley to the list while ur there...
Yidmarks
31/07/2012 22:10:00
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As for the match tonight, It can't be any worse than the last one.
TopSpur13
31/07/2012 22:10:00
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibu2pA8xh6g ........... the 2nd good thing bentley ever did after the goal against the scum...
Yidmarks
31/07/2012 22:13:00
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I hope Carroll gets a good amount of game-time, lets see if he can step-up!
Fanman
31/07/2012 23:03:00
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#thfc XI: Gomes, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Livermore, Bentley, Sigurdsson, Lennon, Bale.
what_sux
31/07/2012 23:22:00
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@watsux.....u sure mate...no strikers?....are we spain
rovinella62spurs
31/07/2012 23:25:00
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4-6-0. Here we go
what_sux
31/07/2012 23:26:00
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rovinella62spurs - It's on twitter mate, have fun watching guys, while I'm preparing to go for work :(
what_sux
31/07/2012 23:28:00
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rovinella62spurs if it means we win as much as them, then yes i could accept us playing like Spain
Slurms McKenzie
31/07/2012 23:29:00
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Is Bentley in the centre and Siggy up front?
zombie-greavsie
31/07/2012 23:35:00
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Is Bale the false no.9?
TopSpur13
31/07/2012 23:38:00
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Do i stay up? Definitely for at least a half....am more interested in seeing some cohesion at the back..maybe someone like Tom Carroll getting some good minutes...and The Hudd building on his fitness.
N9SPURS
31/07/2012 23:40:00
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Hope the high line holds tonight.
zombie-greavsie
31/07/2012 23:45:00
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Bale's a striker! ....might as well be, all we need now is two speedy wingers...Raheem Sterling and Atsu.
dcruzer
31/07/2012 23:49:00
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A US tour is the 21st century version of cross country preseason running, means nothing come Newcastle but much better for the bank balance.

COYS

T.H.F.Chris
31/07/2012 23:51:00
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That was lucky not been online all day, didn't realize it was at 12am (Happy Days) Looking forward to this :)
mark84uk
31/07/2012 23:54:00
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4-6-0!
Fanman
31/07/2012 23:55:00
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Got a good feed here lads if you have any probs with one you might be using! http://www.nutjob.eu/ COYS
GlennAmy
01/08/2012
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Wow Bale up top.
asherthesmasher
01/08/2012 00:02:00
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http://www.vipbox.tv/watch/59879/1/new-york-red-bulls-vs-tottenham-hotspur--live-stream-online.html
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:02:00
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Bale at center forward tonight?
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:03:00
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Looks like bale may play striker in the coming season! At this minute he is the main man for the job.hope we get a striker or two thwo.
bazdog
01/08/2012 00:04:00
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4231. bale at CF. Gomes GK.
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:05:00
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Good to see Gomez get a game...
GlennAmy
01/08/2012 00:06:00
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Guys, if Bale scores a hat-trick tonight there will be no new striker signings. ;)
Jables
01/08/2012 00:06:00
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Also believe bale would do a good or fantastic job there but we would miss him from his more roaming position.
bazdog
01/08/2012 00:07:00
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Delighted to see gomez but have to say im excited about bale in this position
TallaghtSpurs
01/08/2012 00:10:00
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i'm about 4 mins in - bentley loking poor. BAE looks like he's not getting support.
Slurms McKenzie
01/08/2012 00:11:00
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would like to ee Bale get a touch
asherthesmasher
01/08/2012 00:11:00
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actually bale is playing left fullback, but in an extremely high line. nyuk nyuk
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:12:00
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Janny Janny Janny...
TopSpur13
01/08/2012 00:12:00
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come on gomes. save the PK and stake a claim to the job
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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Ah might head to bed lads...
TopSpur13
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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That was a soft one, Verts has got pace though. Oh and we're playing $hit.
Fanman
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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it was a penalty and far to easy
asherthesmasher
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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terrible defending, i think this might happen a few times over the season with this high line
TallaghtSpurs
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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ooops...
GlennAmy
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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@watsup and slurms....agree mates.....verts just done a suicide..lol.....0-1
rovinella62spurs
01/08/2012 00:13:00
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sell the fecking belgian. (just kidding, but that was terrible)
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:14:00
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Sack AVB! Levy should sign us better CBs! Nah, that was one joke of a penalty call.
Jables
01/08/2012 00:14:00
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high defensive line punished with a simple ball over the top. red card for vert if that was EPL?
Slurms McKenzie
01/08/2012 00:14:00
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the defence needs to sort that line out fast
asherthesmasher
01/08/2012 00:14:00
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Can Tim Cahill make NY Red Bulls the "Beast of the East" haha yanks!
TopSpur13
01/08/2012 00:15:00
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are you guys listening to a feed with the Yank announcers? Ouch.
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:17:00
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gurds or Bale ?
asherthesmasher
01/08/2012 00:17:00
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nice try bale
Total knobhead
01/08/2012 00:18:00
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great tackle by Hudd, good effort by Bale from resulting free kick
Slurms McKenzie
01/08/2012 00:18:00
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So bentley doesn't get a look in at set pieces then....?
TopSpur13
01/08/2012 00:18:00
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