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Along with Seattle Sounders teammates Jalil Anibaba, far left, Clint Dempsey, second from right, and Tristan Bowen far right, Xander Bailey acknowledges fans following a friendly soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur in Seattle, Saturday, July 19, 2014. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
MLS: Sounders earn draw in friendly with Tottenham

Late goal gives Seattle 3-3 tie against the Premier League team.

First Published Jul 19 2014 10:11 pm • Last Updated Jul 19 2014 11:33 pm

Seattle • Osvaldo Alonso understood it was an exhibition. It was also a match the Seattle Sounders wanted to win.

Alonso beat former U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel from 30 yards early in the second half as the Sounders tied Tottenham 3-3 in an exhibition Saturday, the first match for new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

At a glance

MLS standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

Sporting K.C. 10 5 5 35 29 18

D.C. 9 5 4 31 26 19

Toronto FC 7 5 5 26 26 23

New York 5 6 9 24 32 31

New England 7 10 2 23 24 31

Philadelphia 5 8 8 23 33 35

Columbus 5 7 8 23 23 26

Chicago 3 4 11 20 26 28

Houston 5 11 4 19 22 40

Montreal 3 10 5 14 18 31

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

Seattle 12 4 2 38 35 24

FC Dallas 8 7 5 29 32 29

Real Salt Lake 7 4 8 29 28 25

Los Angeles 7 4 6 27 26 16

Colorado 7 6 6 27 28 24

Vancouver 6 4 9 27 29 27

Portland 5 6 9 24 32 33

Chivas USA 6 7 5 23 20 27

San Jose 4 8 5 17 17 19

Saturday’s Games

Sporting Kansas City 2, Los Angeles 1

New York 1, San Jose 1, tie

Columbus 2, Montreal 1

Chicago 1, Philadelphia 1, tie

FC Dallas 2, New England 0

Houston 2, Toronto FC 2, tie

Real Salt Lake 1, Vancouver 1, tie

Sunday’s Game

Chivas USA at D.C. United, 6 p.m.

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"Every friendly is different," Alonso said. "This year we tried to win the game. … We tried to win this game like it was the MLS regular season. I’m very happy for the team."

Through half the season, Seattle’s been the class of Major League Soccer. And the Sounders held their own against a Tottenham side making its debut under Ponchettino, who left Southampton in May to replace the fired Tim Sherwood. Sherwood had taken over on Dec. 23 after Andre Villas-Boas was fired.

Tottenham began its preseason North America tour facing former striker Clint Dempsey and his new club. Dempsey left Tottenham to sign with the Sounders last August. Tottenham has two more stops on its tour against Toronto and Chicago before returning to Europe to complete its preseason. Spurs open its Premier League season on Aug. 16 at West Ham.

Sporting KC 2, Galaxy 1 • At Kansas City, Kan., Benny Feilhaber and Lawrence Olum both had goals and Sporting Kansas City defeated Los Angeles. Sporting extended its unbeaten streak to six games, while Galaxy’s eight-game unbeaten streak was broken.

Crew 2, Impact 1 • At Columbus, Ohio, Bernardo Anor scored twice and Columbus ended a seven-game winless streak with a victory over Montreal, which remained with the fewest points in the league.

Union 1, Fire 1 • At Bridgeview, Ill., Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty kick in the 91st minute and Philadelphia came back to tie Chicago.




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