Tottenham beats Red Bulls

August 01, 2012, Wednesday/ 17:59:00

Gareth Bale and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored second-half goals to lead English club Tottenham the only win of its preseason tour of the United States with a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday.

The win gave the Premier League’s fourth-place finisher last season the New York Cup, marking the second time in three years Spurs have won a trophy in the Big Apple. They previously beat the Red Bulls 2-1 in the 2010 New York Challenge. Sigurdsson broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 64th minute after finding a sliver of space between him and Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson deep on the left side. He hooked a high shot into the upper right corner past leaping Red Bulls keeper Bill Gaudette. Bale, playing at forward instead of midfield with Tottenham carrying only player up front on the match friendly tour, leveled the game in the 54th when he jumped over the shorter Dax McCarty and headed in a corner. Kenny Cooper, a 13-goal scorer in the regular season, put the Red Bulls ahead 1-0 in the 8th minute with a penalty after defender Jan Vertonghen took down former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill of Australia in the box.

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