Seattle Sounders 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3 | International Friendly Match Recap
The MLS-leading Seattle Sounders twice took the lead against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but the visitors used two penalty kicks to salvage a 3-3 tie in an entertaining, back-and-forth international exhibition played at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs drew first blood in the 11th minute when Lewis Holtby lofted a header past Sounders 'keeper Stefan Frei.
The Sounders responded immediately with a series of golden scoring opportunities, but Clint Dempsey, Lamar Neagle and Gonzalo Pineda couldn't convert.
The home team's breakthrough finally came in the 33rd minute when Chad Marshall drew a foul from Tottenham centerback Michael Dawson in the Spurs box. Pineda stepped up to convert the penalty and he did it in style, with a panenka chip shot down the middle which fooled Tottenham's American 'keeper Brad Friedel.
That set the stage for Oswaldo Alonso to score the goal of the match four minutes after the break, giving the Sounders a 2-1 lead with a long-distance blast that struck the underside of the crossbar from 25 yards out.
But the Sounders gave the advantage right back in the 55th minute. Marshall tripped up Spanish forward Roberto Soldado in the Sounders penalty area and Soldado took it upon himself to equalize from the spot in the 55th minute.
With 11 minutes remaining in the match, the Sounders regained the lead when substitutes Sean Okoli and Tristan Bowen connected only moments after entering the match. Okoli's cross from the left proved an easy tap-in for Bowen in front of goal to put the Sounders up 3-2.
But just two minutes later DeAndre Yedlin committed a hand ball in the box, gifting another penalty to Tottenham. This time it was the turn of another Spaniard, Iago Falque, to take charge and beat Sounders back-up 'keeper Josh Ford for the 3-3 final.