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27 July 2014
• Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
That's your lot for just now. Thanks for joining me, Harry Slavin, until next time, it's bye for now!
FULL TIME: FIRE 0-2 SPURS. Tottenham end their tour with a win and a cleansheet. It wasn't a vintage perofrmance by any means but plenty of playing time for some of the younger players and invaluable experience for them in a Spurs shirt.
We are into three minutes of added on time at the end of this one. Soldado forces Reynish into a smart stop from close range, but it wouldn't have counted in any case as the Spaniard is flagged for offside.
Capoue goes into the book for pulling back a Chicago player as he drives into the Tottenham half. That second goal has knocked the stuffing out of the hosts, who have offered little in this second period.
Another long ball over the top beats the Chicago defence but this time keeper Kyle Reynish is alert to the danger, coming of his line and beating Eriksen to the ball. If he'd have mistimed that we would have had a third Spurs goal here.
GOOOAALLL!!! LENNON WRAPS IT UP!!! A simple over the top allows Lennon to exploit the Chicago Fire backline with his pace, beating Soumare in a flat foot race to the ball and round the onrushing keeper before and slotting into an empty net. Tottenham are going to get their second win of the tour here.
Fredericks looks perplexed as he's pulled up for a foul on Cochrane. The right-back had looked to get the better of the Fire man as he burst into the box but the referee decides he got their by foul means, not fair.
Cochrane can't believe that he's been penalised for foul on Eriksen after he appears to get the ball from the Dane. Another sub for the visitors sees Fredericks take to the field in place of Veljkovic.
A big chance for Chicago Fire as Matthew Fondy finds himself free inside the Spurs have, but he stalls for too long, allowing Veljkovic to nip in and make the tackle. Meanwhile Brad Friedel is replaced with McGee on in his place.
Better this from Tottenham. Falque slips through Soldado whose shot has to be blocked by Cochrane. There were other options for Falque, with Eriksen making a run on his left, but Pochettino's men are definitely looking the more dangerous.
The tourists are looking a little more settled now, passing the ball about inside the Fire half with a bit more purpose. A decent move breaks down when Soldado misreads Naughton's run, but it's a marked improvement on what the Premier League side have had to offer in this second half so far.
The official attendance has been given as 17,156 at Toyota Park, including a fair few Spurs fans. Not the biggest crowd to see Tottenham in this tour but an impressive turnout nonetheless.
Another test for Brad Friedel as Duka shoots from range but the American is more than equal to it, getting behind the low effort and holding onto it.
Aaron Lennon delivers a cross into the Fire area after being picked out by Eriksen. A mix up sees a Chigaco defender head the ball from out of his own keeper's hands, but fortunately from the home side's point of view it falls to a defender who completes the clearance.
Friedel is quick off his line again to thwart a Fire attack. a through ball threatens to play the hosts in behind the Spurs back four but the veteran spots the danger.
Yago Falque is on for Tottenham in place of Holtby. He netted in the 3-3 draw with Seattle and looked promising on that occasion. Another chance for the youngster to impress here just now.
Both sides are struggling to move the ball around successfully in the second half. There have been a number of changes and it seems the teams are taking a while to settle into this one, with both midfields culpable of some pretty poor decision making so far.
Second booking of the evening this time for Chicago's Hurtado as he takes out Holtby in midfield. The referee would have done well to play advantage there as the ball broke to Capoue with miles of green grass to run into.
Fire launch a high ball into the Spurs area but it's well dealt with by Dawson who calmly heads clear. Not much threat to Friedel's goal so far in this second half.
Grant Ward's second half didn't last long. He's off the field, replaced by the wonderfully named Dilly Duka.
Here is the Spurs squad that started the second half: Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Veljkovic, Davies, Lennon, Mason, Eriksen, Holtby, Capoue, Soldado.
Chicago haven't completely changed their line up for the second half - young Grant Ward has kept his place wide on the right in the midfield, giving him another chance to impress against his parent club.
Friedel is forced into a comfortable save early in the second half. Capoue is down with an injury but is quickly back on his feet and will be fine to continue.
Tottenham have kept the same centre-back pairing for the start of the second half at least. Pochettino's side have yet to keep a cleansheet on their American tour. Can they claim one tonight?
Chicago Fire get us underway again. Spurs have made five changes, including new boy Ben Davies who is on at full-back.
The teams are back out and with a number of changes, Fire have changed their entire side.
We could be seeing a raft of changes from both sides at the break. Tottenham have been changing their side up throughout their tour, while Chicago Fire will be back in MLS action next week so will be looking to rest some of their key players.
HALF-TIME: FIRE 0-1 SPURS. It's been a pretty comfortable ride for Pochettino's men so far in their final tour match. They were gifted the lead early on and, while they haven't looked like adding to Harry Kane's early strike, their advantage certainly hasn't been threatened so far at Toyota Park.
45' + 1'
Danny Rose goes into the book right at the end of the half for a needless challenge on Palmer. The full-back was shielding the ball out for a goal kick before the Spurs man came needlessly through the back of him.
We're reaching the end of the half now as Ward dribbles through the Spurs half again, before skewing a poor pass straight to Holtby. There'll be one added minute at the end of the half.
Tonight is a great opportunity for Grant Ward to prove himself and he's just impressed here, taking on Veljkovic and winning a free kick as the Serbian international is forced to bring him down. The free kick is deep into the Spurs area but a gaggle of Fire players can't keep the ball in at the back post.
Just five minutes to go until the break, and that inury has taken the sting out of the fame a little. The crowd recognise this and are trying to lift the players with a bit more noise, the Chicago Fire percussion band getting particularly involved.
A clash between Veljkovic and Watson holds up proceedings as both need a bit of treatment. The 18-year-old put in a brave challenge as the Fire player threatened to burst through on goal, but took a knock in dispossessing the midfielder.
A lot of space opening up for Spurs on the left-hand side and they try to exploit it as Danny Rose is played in. He finds Townsend's run in behind the back four but the English international's cross is headed clear by Larentowicz.
LAMELA AGAIN!!! He's getting some real joy coming off the right and shooting with his left foot. This time he aims for the far post but Johnson is equal to the effort again, tipping the ball away with his right hand.
Walker goes to ground under a challenge from Amarikwa and tries to gather the ball with his hands. The only problem with that is that there was no foul! Fire take the free kick, just to the left of the Spurs penalty area, but it's well cleared.
LAMELA!!! The Argentine goes close with a powerful effort from just outside the area, Johnson getting down well and palming the ball away to safety. The former Roma man has looked a different prospect for Tottenham on this tour.
Kyle Walker dances his way down the right and makes his way into the penalty area. He has the chance to get a cross in but takes to long to make his decision, turning away from goal and eventually losing possession.
First test of the evening for Friedel and he has to be alert to push away Watson's ferocious effort from range. Kane is inches away from threading through Townsend at the other end as this game begins to pick up a bit of pace.
Palmer, who judging by his haircut uses the same stylist as Pepe and Taribo West, gets all in a fluster as he is fouled deep in his own half by Townsend. There didn't appear to be much wrong with the challenge if I'm being honest, a bit of an over reaction from the defender.
Larentowicz brings down Townsend on the right-hand side, just outside the Fire penalty area. It provides the tourists with a shooting opportunity but Walker gets it all wrong from the set piece and sends his effort over the bar.
Lamela snatches possession in the middle of the park and Spurs break with pace. Holtby dithers on the ball though outside the 18-yard box and Palmer gets back well to cut out the pass back to Argentine Lamela.
Spurs are trying to catch out the Fire defence by playing balls over the top. They obviously feel they have an advantage in the pace department, but the execution has been poor so far from the midfield.
First real opening for Fire as Amarikwa plays in Magee. The pass is just a bit too hard though and the forward has try and lob Friedel from a tight angle to get his effort away, succeeding only in finding the roof of the net.
A deep ball from Townsend on the left tries to pick up the run of Kane but the crossfield pass is just too long and Johnson is able to gather the ball. Not many openings for either side so far.
Pochettino has been able to send out a pretty strong team this evening, but there's still a host of Spurs players missing from this tour, including seven who are still to come back from World Cup duty.
A very vocal support here for Fire at Toyota Park. Their fans aren't too downhearted after that early setback. The hosts have their first corner but it's easily cleared by the Spurs defence.
Friedel comes flying off his line to punch the ball clear from near enough the 18-yard-line. He's had nothing to do so far and clearly wanted to give himself some involvement in the early stages here.
Not the start Fire would've had in mind. The keeper Johnson perhaps put Larentowicz under some needless pressure with a pass out of the back, but it was really sloppy work by the central defender to be caught on the ball like that.
GOOAAALLL!!!! KANE PUTS SPURS IN FRONT!!!! Catastrophic defending from the home side as Larentowicz gets caught in possession by Holtby deep in his own half. The German calmy squares the ball to Kane who makes no mistake from eight-yards out.
There were over 55,000 fans in attendance when Tottenham got their tour underway in Seattle, but I don't think as many have turned up at Toyota Park. There are empty seats dotted about as they watch Fire control some of the early possession.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway in Chicago!
The teams are out at Toyota Park and the Tottenham fans are in fine voice. We are just moments away from kick off here!
Spurs will be donning their new change kit for the first time this evening in Chicago. It's a black affair with thin yellow down the centre. One of the smarter looking kits you'll see in the Premier League this season.
There's yet another familiar face in the opposition line up for Spurs, after facing Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe in thier two previous games. Young mdifielder Grant Ward is currently on loan at the MLS outfit and starts against his parent club here.
CHICAGO SUBS: Reynish, Soumare, Alex, Duka, Pause, Fondy, Cocrane, Kinney, Cocis, Hurtado, Joya.SPURS SUBS: McGee, Fredericks, Naughton, Davies, Kaboul, Lennon, Eriksen, Ceballos, Falque, Soldado.
SPURS XI: Freidel; Walker, Dawson, Veljkovic, Rose; Holtby, Capoue; Mason, Townsend, Lamela; Kane.
CHICAGO XI: Johnson; Palmer, Larentowicz, Ianni, Segares; Ward, Ritter, Watson, Shipp; Magee, Amarikwa.
We are only around 10 minutes or so away from kick off so let's take a look at the teams. We'll start with the hosts, Chicago.
So what do we know about Spurs' opponents this evening then? Well the Illinois side may be without any kind of silverware since 2006, but there have been a lot of illustrious names to wear the Fire jersey, including Hristo Stoichkov, Brian McBride and Paulo Wanchope.
This is Mauricio Pochettino's side's third and final game of their American tour, having already secured victories over Seattle Sounders and Toronto. Can they complete their tour with a cleansweep?
Hello and a warm welcome to live coverage of Chicago Fire against Tottenham. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action from Toyota Park.
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