Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham took on Leeds United in FA Cup action, but even with a goal by Dempsey, Spurs fell to Leeds 2-1.
Friedel got a rare start for Tottenham, but was beaten twice on the day. In the 15th minute, two Leeds players managed to get behind Tottenham’s back line and Friedel was beaten on a solid far post finish.
Shortly into the second half, Friedel was beaten again as Leeds’ Ross McCormack beat Kyle Walker on the dribble and then beat Friedel on a well-placed shot into the far corner.
Tottenham’s defense didn’t do Friedel any favors on the day and Friedel actually kept Spurs in the match with two other breakaway saves—a kick save in first-half stoppage time to keep the game 1-0 and later by standing tall for a block in the 72nd minute to keep the game 2-1.
Some have questioned why Friedel chose to re-sign with Tottenham after Hugo Lloris became the No. 1 at White Hart Lane, but it was revealed this week that Friedel stayed, in part, to earn his coaching badges.
Clint Dempsey had a solid game up top starting as the lone striker, but was starved for service for most of the match. While Gareth Bale did his normal damage up and down the touchline, Bale’s services for much of the match were lacking.
Dempsey had his fair share of chances on the day having a number of attempts blocked by the hard-working Leeds defense. Dempsey also had a nice drive parried away in the 39th minute after a nice turn in traffic. And Dempsey attempted a cheeky outside of the boot flick in the 26th minute that ended up going right at the goalkeeper.
Spurs finally found the breakthrough when Dempsey put away a Bale service in the 58th minute heading it perfectly into the corner to make the game 2-1.
Spurs, however, were unable to find the equalizer and were eliminated from the FA Cup.