MLS Friendlies: Galaxy tie Tottenham, Guzan saves Villa in Portland and more

MLS Friendlies: Galaxy tie Tottenham, Guzan saves Villa in Portland and more

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MLS Friendlies: Galaxy tie Tottenham, Guzan saves Villa in Portland and more

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Robbie Keane's former team and current team battled to a stalemate.

David Junior Lopes cancelled out Gareth Bale's goal to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Home Depot Center in a meeting that touched on a couple of career stops for Keane, the only one of the Galaxy's three Designated Players to feature in the match.

Bale, who pulled out of Team Great Britain's Olympic squad because of an apparent back injury, headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross in the 17th minute to put Tottenham ahead before Lopes equalized off a header from Hector Jimenez' cross 11 minutes later. 

Veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel did not play for Tottenham.

More results from Tuesday's MLS friendlies are after the jump:

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2, ASTON VILLA 2 (Villa wins 5-4 on PKs)

A wild match at Jeld-Wen Field ended in a penalty shootout, as American goalkeeper Brad Guzan came up with the necessary save to give the Premier League side the win.

With noted Aston Villa supporter and award-winning actor Tom Hanks in attendance, Guzan saved Bright Dike's penalty attempt, which accounted for the only miss after the teams dueled to a draw in regulation.

Villa's Ciaran Clark and Matthew Lowton traded goals with Portland's Sebastian Rincon and Rodney Wallace, with Wallace's 81st-minute tally sending the friendly to the penalty round. U.S. international defender Eric Lichaj, who came on as a substitute in the 59th minute, scored one of Villa's five penalty conversions, while Samir Carruthers scored the clincher.

Rincon, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Franck Songo'o and Charles Renken tallied from the spot for the Timbers.

MONTREAL IMPACT 1, LYON 1 (Lyon wins 4-2 on PKs)

Rookie and 2012 MLS SuperDraft No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wenger returned from a hamstring injury and scored the game-tying goal to force penalties before the Impact ultimately succumbed to the traditional French power. The result was far from the most important aspect of the match, though, as Montreal centerbacks Matteo Ferrari and Nelson Rivas returned from injury, while Italian veteran Alessandro Nesta made his first appearance since signing with the Impact, going 63 minutes.

Jeremy Pied had given Lyon the lead at Stade Saputo in the 28th minute, scoring off a feed from Lisandro Lopez, but Wenger latched onto a ball from Patrice Bernier before finishing from just inside the area to level the scoreline 11 minutes later.

Lamar Neagle and Josh Gardner missed from the penalty spot for Montreal, while Bafetmbi Gomis clinched the victory for Lyon with his spot kick.


Andre Akpan and Kamani Hill found the back of the net to give the Rapids the victory over their Premier League counterparts. Both goals were scored in the first 15 minutes, setting the tone for an enjoyable night for Colorado — something that has been far from the norm with the club losing seven of eight league matches.

Jonathan de Guzman, brother of FC Dallas midfielder Julian de Guzman, scored a consolation goal for Swansea City in the 79th minute off a set piece.


Homegrown Players Aaron Horton and Ben Speas scored for Columbus, giving the club a come-from-behind win over the Potters at Crew Stadium.

Jonathan Walters had given Stoke City the lead in the 23rd minute off a header, but Horton equalized in the 71st minute off a cross from Emilio Renteria. Speas scored an opportunistic winner in the 87th minute, firing home a ball that came off Aaron Schoenfeld's foot to seal the victory for Columbus. 


The reigning French champions were far from kind visitors, going into Livestrong Sporting Park and coasting to victory over a reserve-laden MLS side. With Aurelien Collin, Jimmy Nielsen and Graham Zusi on duty with the MLS All-Star team and important league matches and a U.S. Open Cup final on the horizon, Sporting Kansas City trotted out a makeshift lineup, with the only regular among the starting XI being central midfielder Julio Cesar.

Gaetan Charbonnier opened the scoring for Montpellier in the 39th minute, and Emanuel Herrera added the insurance tallies in the 72nd minute and in second-half stoppage time to account for the scoring.


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