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Falque lacks vision, Soldado is a worry

12:30 pm
Tottenham completed their 2014 USA & Canada Pre-season Tour with a 2-0 win against Chicago Fire which UK fans watched at 1am in the morning here in the UK.

Soldado is a worry

Toyota Park is a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, about 12 miles southwest from downtown Chicago. This was the second game on tour on grass and in a soccer-specific stadium which demonstrates how far the sport has come in the States in a short time.

New head coach Mauricio Pochettino said the heat and humidity made this a tough test for some of the players, particularly someone like Kyle Walker who is behind the rest in terms of fitness having only just recovered from his groin injury.

“I’m very pleased for the players because we’ve finished with a good win, a clean sheet and that’s a boost for the confidence. 
“It was difficult in the humidity but well done to the players, it was a good game out there. I’m happy for all of them. I thought we played well. 
“We’ve worked hard on this Tour and congratulations to the players, staff and the supporters, they’ve been fantastic.”

The 42-year-old Argentinian has now had a good look at large parts of the squad following his arrival, the only players he has not seen first hand are the World Cup players. He will know about them of course but said he will look at all the players before deciding the futures of any of them.

Some players have taken their chance to catch the eye on tout while others have confirmed views, Iago Falque for instance has skill but appears to lack vision so I doubt he'll have a long term future at the club. Roberto Soldado is paid to score goals and did so from a penalty in the first games, apart from that he hasn't looked like scoring which is a worry.

I wondered whether he would fit the system and wrote an article as such as soon as Mauricio Pochettino was appointed, this tour has done nothing to alter that view. He can play within it, but he needs to be having goalscoring opportunities within it and they are few and far between.

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Fitness, a new system etc can all be used as reasons or excuses, but in 3 games the bottom line is how many shots did he have on tour? I don't rule out him coming good but the longer it goes on without him even looking like scoring the more worrying it becomes.

You can see Adebayor perhaps fitting the system better with probably more movement and does rather highlight that we appear to be weak in attack at the moment. Erik Lamela for instance took his tour chance well, he has stood out, scored goals and boosted his confidence, you would have liked to have seen Soldado impressing in the same way, but he hasn't.

It may be that it's early days in a new system or it may need a change of personnel, time will tell.

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VIDEO: Goals Chicago Fire 0 Tottenham 2

8:30 am
Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur

Chicago Fire 0 Tottenham 2

Spurs XI: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Veljkovic, Rose; Capoue, Mason; Townsend, Holtby, Lamela; Kane

Once again we saw Velkjovic starting the game at centre-back, lending weight to my theory that Mauricio Pochttino is fast tracking the 18 year-old Serbian. Against Toronto he was paired with Younès Kaboul, on this occasion partnered with club captain Michael Dawson.

After just 4 minutes the Chicago keeper Johnson passed the ball out to his centre-back who simply dwelt on the ball without looking around to see who was about. Lewis Holtby was about and came up behind him the steal the ball and run into the box. He unselfishly squared the ball to Harry Kane who calmly side footed the ball into the net to put Spurs 1-0 up.

After 20 minutes an excellent break after winning the ball in midfield saw Townsend running at the centre of the Chicago defence but his pass left to an overlapping Lamela was poor allowing a clearance. Lamels was showing skill, beating men, twisting, turning, took a couple of shots that drew fine saves from the keeper and was generally looking a quality player.

Lewis Holtby was everywhere and seemed fitter than anyone whereas Kyle Walker is clearly behind everyone in terms of fitness. Danny Rose stupidly got himself booked just before half time when pointlessly shoving Lovel Palmer  in the back, the Chicago player he had been having a running battle with the whole half. He just seems incapable of controlling his hot headedness.

Word has it he is not happy the club have signed Ben Davies, obviously feeling that Davies will be the first choice. That is rather a poor mental attitude and demonstrates further why he isn't a winner. The word is that he wants to leave and there are several clubs who will be happy to take him.

The player who caught mu eye against Toronto again caught my eye against Chicago, Ryan Mason. He looked accomplished in midfield, certainly wasn't out of place and can pick a pass. I thouht he looked a better player than Carroll against Toronto so it'll be interesting to see if he gets any European game time or domestic Cup game time.

I'd need to have another look at him closely to see how the 23-year-old fared in a defensive role but having been on loan at Swindon Town last season I had assumed he would be going on loan to a Championship side this season but he might be better than that.

Holtby played 60 minutes, Veljkovic played most of the game, Naughton came on at right-back in the second half and switched to left-back when Veljkovic went off with Ben Davies moving to centre-half.

Late in the second half Lennon and Soldado played one twos in our half and then Soldado played a long ball for him to run on to, just beat the defender, the keeper came out and he just beat him to the ball as well before firing it into the centre of the net. The goal was all about his pace.

Mason, Capoue, Dawson, Lennon all played the full 90 minutes in a game that was all about high pressing and slick passing.

Yep as pointed out at 3am when I wrote this with tiredness in my eyes I have mistakenly suggested Lennon played 90 when in fact he was a half-time substitute.

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Ledley King continues his tour, does he drop the dough?

10:00 pm
Tottenham legend Ledley King has had a bust time of it in America, signing autographs, taking coaching sessions, meeting supporters clubs, casking a beer, supping a pint so it's only right he has something to eat.

In this video Ledley learns how to make a pizza Chicago style in Giordiano's restaurant. It's a tough life for our globe trotting Ambassador.

"It was a great experience to visit such an authentic pizza restaurant in Chicago and I think I've found the ingredients to a signature pizza! 
"It was a lot of fun, maybe I'll try to make a few when I get home."

It looks more like a pie but the big question is when tossing the dough, did our Ledley drop it?

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VIDEOS: Training & Tour Round Up

9:30 pm
Tottenham had their third open training session, this time at Toyota Park in Chicago.

The first video shows the ground and the Spurs players doing stretching exercises in the distance and the second video shows Tottenham in a training game, bibs, vs non bibs.

The third video gives a quick three and a half minute round up of the pre-season tour to date.

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VIDEO: Tottenham Pre-game press conference

8:40 pm
Good evening everyone, if indeed it is evening where you are around the globe. Tottenham take on Chicage Fire tonight as I'm sure we are all aware on the third and final leg of the 2014 USA & Canada Pre-season Tour.

The video below is the 13 minute press conference which from a Tottenham viewpoint features Andros Townsend and Mauricio Pochettino. It starts with a preview from both sides before it opens to questions.

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VIDEO: Chicago Fire Preview

2:30 pm
With the third and final leg of the 2014 USA & Canada Tottenham Pre-season Tour taking place tonight, Chicago Fire have asked a couple of their players what games against international opposition mean.

Spurs have drawn 3-3 with Seattle Sounders in front of over 55,000 fans, beaten Toronto FC 3-2 and now finish against Chicago Fire at 7pm local time.

This is a decent preview video as instead of just watching a player talk to a camera they break away to show some Tottenham highlights from various players.

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Your country TV listing Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur

12:30 pm
Wherever you are in the world you can catch the Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur international friendly. Below are the TV listings for a range of countries and there is also the internet for live streams of course, Wiziwig is a good starting point in your search there.

Where to watch the match – live stream, start time, TV channels, live scores

Watch Chicago Fire vs Tottenham live on Saturday, July 26, 2014:

In the US at 20.00 EST on:

On TV: ESPN Deportes, ESPN,
Online & Apps: WATCH ESPN

In the UK on Sunday at 01.00 BST on:

On TV: BT Sport 2

In Australia:

On TV: ESPN Australia

Chicago Fire vs Tottenham Hotspur Live Streams and TV Channels

Algeria - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Angola - SuperSport 3 Africa
Argentina - ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN + Andina, ESPN HD Latin, ESPN Play Latin America
Australia - ESPN Australia
Bahrain - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Benin - SuperSport 3 Africa
Botswana - SuperSport 3 Africa
Burkina Faso - SuperSport 3 Africa
Burundi - SuperSport 3 Africa
Cameroon - SuperSport 3 Africa
Cape Verde - SuperSport 3 Africa
Central African Republic - SuperSport 3 Africa
Chad - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD, SuperSport 3 Africa
China - Guangdong Sports Channel
Comoros - SuperSport 3 Africa
Congo - SuperSport 3 Africa
Congo DR - SuperSport 3 Africa
Croatia - Sportklub 3 Croatia
Côte d'Ivoire - SuperSport 3 Africa
Djibouti - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD, SuperSport 3 Africa
Egypt - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Equatorial Guinea - SuperSport 3 Africa
Eritrea - SuperSport 3 Africa
Ethiopia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Gabon - SuperSport 3 Africa
Gambia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Ghana - SuperSport 3 Africa
Guinea - SuperSport 3 Africa
Guinea-Bissau - SuperSport 3 Africa
Hong Kong - Now 621
Iran - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Iraq - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Jordan - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Kenya - SuperSport 3 Africa
Kuwait - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Lebanon - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Lesotho - SuperSport 3 Africa
Liberia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Libya - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Madagascar - SuperSport 3 Africa
Malawi - SuperSport 3 Africa
Mali - SuperSport 3 Africa
Mauritania - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Mauritius - SuperSport 3 Africa
Mexico - ESPN Mexico
Morocco - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Mozambique - SuperSport 3 Africa
Namibia - SuperSport 3 Africa
New Zealand - ESPN Pacific Rim
Niger - SuperSport 3 Africa
Nigeria - SuperSport HD 3 Nigeria, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, SuperSport 3 Africa
Oman - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Palestinian Territory - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Portugal - Sport TV LIVE
Qatar - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Rwanda - SuperSport 3 Africa
Saudi Arabia - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Senegal - SuperSport 3 Africa
Serbia - SportKlub 3 Serbia
Seychelles - SuperSport 3 Africa
Sierra Leone - SuperSport 3 Africa
Somalia - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
South Africa - SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport 3, SuperSport HD 3, SuperSport Internet 3, SuperSport Maximo 2
South Sudan - SuperSport 3 Africa
Sudan - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Swaziland - SuperSport 3 Africa
Syria - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
São Tomé and Príncipe - SuperSport 3 Africa
Tanzania - SuperSport 3 Africa
Togo - SuperSport 3 Africa
Tunisia - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Uganda - SuperSport 3 Africa
United Arab Emirates - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
United Kingdom - BT Sport 2
United States - ESPN Deportes, ESPN, WATCH ESPN
Yemen - beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD
Zambia - SuperSport 3 Africa
Zimbabwe - SuperSport 3 Africa

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VIDEO: Loanee Ward looking forward to some familiar faces

9:01 pm
Tottenham have a youngster on loan with Chicago Fire, 19-year-old Grant Ward, who has now played 9 games during his loan spell scoring once against Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the US Open Cup.

Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop was pleased to get him on loan for the MLS side.

"Grant is a young, technically-gifted player. I watched him play in England, and throughout our pre-season training camp Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in the MLS. We look forward to him joining our squad once he has recovered from his injury (fractured metatarsal)."

He did indeed recover from that, extended his loan until the end of the year and has scored his first senior goal while with them. He is now looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.

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