All we can really ask for during friendlies is that we're not bored out of our skulls and no one gets injured. Tottenham Hotspur managed to pull off both of those things on Saturday, drawing Seattle Sounders 3-3 in their first preseason match and coming out of it unscathed.
The team started in a 4-3-3, with Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue playing as box-to-box players in front of Tom Carroll. Gylfi Sigurdsson was listed in the starting XI initially, but was pulled before the game started. No injury was announced, so he's probably on the verge of getting sold.
Holtby scored the first goal of the game in uncharacteristic fashion -- with a header. Carroll started the move with a long ball forward that was taken down by Harry Kane, who played an exchange with Danny Rose before lofting a perfect pass into the box for Holtby to get on the end of.
From then until their opening goal, the Sounders had no problem generating chances, mostly off bad turnovers from the back line. None of the four starters along the back were innocent, but it was Michael Dawson who committed the foul that led to Seattle's opener. He was called for a push on Chad Marshall during the corner, for which the referee pointed to the spot. Gonzalo Pineda stepped up and converted, scoring a Panenka.
Spurs made big changes at halftime, replacing three defenders and all three forwards. Milos Veljkovic, Younes Kaboul, Ryan Fredericks, Erik Lamela, Christian Ceballos and Roberto Soldado all came on, replacing Dawson, Rose, Kyle Naughton, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Kane. Zeki Fryers started the game at center back and moved to left back for the second half.
Seattle needed just four minutes to score, with Osvaldo Alonso turning in the best of the game on a truly wicked 30-yard strike. But Spurs were level five minutes after that with a penalty, as Marshall matched his penalty drawn on the other end by shoving down Roberto Soldado, who converted from the spot to make it 2-2.
The two teams traded quick goals again late in the second half, in fairly similar fashion. Seattle scored an impressive team goal in the 79th minute with Tristan Bowen tapping in a cross from Sean Okoli, but they gave their lead away two minutes later. DeAndre Yedlin handled in the box in the 81st minute and Iago Falque scored the ensuing penalty, salvaging a draw for Spurs.