Usually, preseason friendlies are a bit boring. Clubs from foreign continents come five or six time zones over and play in a stadium they've probably never heard of before in front of fans who are, at best, casual.
At the end of 90 minutes, anything but the above could be said for Tottenham's first competitive match against a fellow Premier League club.
Gareth Bale, who was slotted in at the striker position this afternoon, got a shot off in the first 15 seconds and Liverpool gave Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel a healthy dose of shots in the first half. The crowd in Baltimore, largely Liverpool supporters, waved scarves and sang songs. I'm sure if it wasn't for the humidity, players could have been forgiven for thinking they were in northern England.
There's a lot to learn about Tottenham from their 0-0 preseason draw with Liverpool, but I give you the six biggest takeaways concerning the club's entrance into the 2012-13 season.