VIDEO: Tottenham 3 vs Seattle Sounders 3

Tottenham 3 vs Seattle Sounders 3

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

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

A Sky Sports reporter reported that Ben Davies was in Seattle with Spurs and undergoing a medical before the game. Whether a late team change was linked to Gylfi Sigurdsson moving to Swansea as part of that deal or because it was an artificial pitch is not known.

Either way Tom Carroll was a late addition to the starting XI, replacing Sigurdsson. Jordan Archer has an injury so that left Brad Friedel as the only fit goalkeeper. USA captain and former Spurs player Clint Dempsey started for Seattle Sounders.

Spurs looked all at sea on an artificial surface with plenty of errors all over the field from everyone.Having only had an hour and a half training on the pitch in an open training session the players felt their way to start with, Lewis Holtby seemed the only one to have any sort of confidence in it.

Back in the 1980′s many teams dreaded the trip to QPR, Luton Town, Oldham Athletic and Preston North End because they had artificial surfaces and while pitches have vastly improved since then it is still not an ideal surface to be playing football on.

Players not used to playing on an artificial surface simply don't trust it which affects decision making and performance, it's akin to playing a game of 5-a-side indoors in the mind.

Studies by Jay H. Williams, Emmanuel Akogyrem, and Jeremy R. Williams (A Meta-Analysis of Soccer Injuries on Artificial Turf and Natural Grass) showed their is an increased incidence of ankle injury playing on artificial turf.

Kyle Walker wasn't risked, not being happy on an artificial surface after his groin injury it was thought best not to risk him. Christian Eriksen was also not risked leaving the rest of the squad to play.

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The first half therefore saw players who perhaps won't be first choice players but squad members. There was good and bad from everyone, obviously as a defender it appears to be worse but we kept giving the ball away in midfield, that at times exposed the defence making them look bad.

Clearly the team were a long way from grasping the system and individual errors were plenty. The 11 minutes of highlights can be seen below.

The 3-3 result was satisfactory, a Holtby header, a Soldado penalty and a Falque penalty the scorers for Spurs.





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