CARSON - Even with MLS All-Stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan out of the lineup, the Los Angeles Galaxy was able to force a 1-1 draw with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in an international friendly Tuesday night at The Home Depot Center.
Beckham and Donovan missed the game because they are getting ready for the upcoming MLS All-Star Game. Beckham is also currently in England for the start of the Olympic Games.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said he pleased with the way his team came through the match.
"I think it was a good experience," Arena said. "We had a lot of players who got an opportunity against a first-class team. It serves as a good training session for our players. Overall, it was a positive experience for our club."
Not picking up the win did not bother Arena.
"You never want to lose a game," he said. "Perhaps we could of snuck in another goal. You can't argue with the result, but the result is not that critical in a game like this."
Tottenham got on the board first in the 17th minute when midfielder Gareth Bale took a pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson and put it over the outstretched arm of Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perk in the center of the net.
The Galaxy tied the match 12 minutes later when Hector Jimenez passed the ball to the left to David Lopes, catching Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini off-guard and allowing Lopes to put the ball into the net for his first goal as a member of the Galaxy.
"It was excellently executed," Arena said of the goal. "We're continuing to make progress there."
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