Seattle Sounders 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3 match report: Teen with cystic fibrosis kicks-off game (... and Mauricio Pochettino wants to eventually win the Premier League)

Xander Bailey received a standing ovation from the 55,000 in the crowd

There were great scenes to begin Tottenham's pre-season friendly against the Seattle Sounders, as a teenager who has cystic fibrosis took to the field.

Xander Bailey, 18, lined up alongside US and Seattle captain Clint Dempsey as part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Fans cheered the youngster's name and held up banners and placards as he kicked-off with the former Spurs forward at Century Link Field.

Bailey was allowed to run through on goal and have a shot at Brad Friedel's goal - which was saved by the veteran keeper - and then left the field to rapturous applause from the 55,000 inside the stadium.

In Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge of the club, Spurs twice came from behind in a game that saw three pentalties.

Lewis Holtby opened the scoring but Seattle fought back through Gonzalo Pineda and then Osvaldo Alonso.

Roberto Soldado rose from the bench to equalise from the penalty spot, before Tristan Bowen edged Seattle in front and then Iago Falque equalised for the north Londoners once more.

Speaking in an interview with The Sun on Sunday, Pochettino has said he has been tasked with eventually winning the league with Tottenham.

All managers want the best and want to be the best," Pochettino said.. "I knew from the first day I came here that Spurs are a big club.

"My challenge is to win the Premier League... eventually. This is our goal, to win the title one day.

"Our target at the moment is to provide a team capable of creating our philosophy on the pitch. To develop and improve the style of football we want to play."

Pochettino enjoyed success at Southampton last season, leading the Saints to their highest ever tally in the Premier League and eighth in the table - that equalled his highest ever finish as manager as he also finished eighth with Espanyol in 2011.

The Argentinian manager is yet to bring any new signings to White Hart Lane this summer, though they are close to a move for Swansea left back Ben Davies.

Spurs face another former team-mate on Wednesday when they play Jermain Defoe and Toronto FC.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'