Players from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur went up against members of the US national soccer team last week, but rather than duelling on the soccer field, the sets of players took part in a good natured and frankly hilarious NBA #HalfCourt Challenge at Spurs Lodge.
Spurs striker Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue and goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Jordan Archer competed for Spurs against DeMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Aston Villa's Brad Guzan, Stoke's Geoff Cameron for the US in the challenge, which consisted of trying to complete the almost impossible task of firing a shot from about 47ft into the hoop.
The scenes were frankly quite hilarious, but when you consider the difficulty of the #HalfCourt Challenge, some players acquitted themselves rather well.
American lead the way
The US led the way with Friedel making the only shot for Spurs, while Geoff Cameron levelled things up for USMNT as the contest ended up in an unfamiliar tie for the Americans.
“I grew up in Cleveland, basketball is one of the main sports,” Friedel explained, while Cameron told The Independent: “growing up in America obviously you play a lot of basketball.”
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The players also came up with a fantasy basketball team consisting of their footballing peers, with Villa keeper Brad Guzan revealing the candidates.
“I’d definitely put Peter Crouch on there to play in the middle. I’d have [Lionel] Messi running the point guard” and selected himself to play as a power forward."
Etienne Capoue stepped up first for the first attempt of five shots each. The French international was certainly out of his comfort zone as he failed to find the bucket.
Up next was Roberto Soldado to rescue the situation, but much like his career so far for Spurs, he disappointed as he also failed to make any of his shots.
But the man to step up as always in a sticking situation was US and Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel as he made his final shot of five, with the ball hanging precariously on the rim before slipping in.
With one to beat, USMNT players took center stage but things didn't get any better. Geoff Cameron managed to level it up as the contest ended up in an unfamiliar tie for the Americans.