Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham reign got underway with a 3-3 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Iago Falque scored a late equalizer from the penalty spot to ensure Pochettino avoided defeat in his opening game, an entertaining contest at the Sounders’ CenturyLink field.
Lewis Holtby opened the scoring for the visitors, before Gonzalo Pineda and Osvaldo Alonso both struck to put the MLS side ahead.
However, Roberto Soldado scored shortly afterwards from the penalty spot to restore parity, before Tristan Bowen set the scene for Falque’s dramatic late intervention—enabled after a foul from USA World Cup player DeAndre Yedlin.
As enjoyable as the action on the pitch was, one of the more memorable moments actually came before the match started. 18-year-old Xander Bailey started the game after signing for the Sounders the previous day as part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, drawing huge applause from the crowd as he forced a save from Brad Friedel before being substituted.
One player who was not involved in the contest was Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was initially named in the starting XI before being replaced at the last minute with Tom Carroll.
Sigurdsson has been linked with the likes of Swansea City and Crystal Palace in recent days, with the late withdrawal only heightening speculation that a transfer is not far away.