Saturday, January 31, 2009

Beckham Stay in Italy

Love this quote from Klein. He doesn't come right out and say it, but it's clear he wants Beckham to stay at Milan where he's happy. If you had a friend who was playing with Kaka, Ronaldinho, Pirlo, Pato, and so on, in Italy, you'd want him to stay too.

"Do we talk about it? Yeah, we talk about it all the time," Galaxy midfielder Chris Klein said of himself and his teammates. "We've talked to him a little bit. But it's the same as you hear in the press. He's enjoying his time but he knew he was going to enjoy his time before he left. I count David as a friend. Speaking for myself. I want what's best for him. That may not be what's best for the Galaxy at this point. It may be."

Jozy Altidore Loaned to Xerez

From Goal.com:

More playing time with a club would also assure Altidore's continued development with the U.S. national team, where he has emerged as one of the most exciting attacking players in years.

Deportivo Xerez now lead in Spain's second division, and Altidore could conceivably help the club earn promotion to La Liga.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beckham Torn

Don't know how he can leave AC Milan:

Update: Beckham scores off a free kick

"To play here is the dream of any player," said Beckham in an interview with Corriere della Sera. "But deciding is not easy; it's a situation that requires time.

"I am under contract and I have a lot of respect for Galaxy. But the possibility to play at Milan is something special. I knew I would have fun but I didn't expect to have so much fun.

"The truth is that the Americans are doing everything to improve the level and reputation of their football. The league in the USA is young. I think 10 years have to go by to achieve results."

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

No More Landycakes

Do we now have to give up the nickname Landycakes, since it appears Donovan is set to conquer Germany with Bayern Munich?

Sasha's Hat-trick Versus Sweden

Is he headed off to Celtic, after scoring this hat-trick versus Sweden he might just be.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Messi: Barcelona for Life

I love this quote from Barcelona's Lionel Messi:

"I want to remain here for the rest of my life, and I hope I can."

I don't know if you can really see it in the video below, but Eto'o was demanding the ball as Messi yo-yo the ball across the top of the box before he cut the ball across to the far post and into the goal. I don't know how he was able to slice the ball to the far post like that - an incredible shot. There were a few laughs exchanged with Henry, Messi and Eto'o after the goal.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Beckham Ain't Going to Leave AC Milan

I just don't see Beckham coming back to the LA Galaxy. Especially when Kaka says this: ''Perhaps these first two months will lead to six months or to one year, to more contracts. I certainly would like to play more with him.''

Then there's the fact that Landon might be gone too, extending his staying in Germany. If Beckham wants to continue to play for England and play in the World Cup in South Africa, why would he come back to LA? I just don't see it happening now. He gave the MLS a big push, but his days in LA I think are numbered. What do you think?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Roma-Milan Dissapoints, Becks Starts

Sure, the much anticipated showdown between AS Roma and AC Milan provided some moments of brilliance, including two goals by Pato early in the second half, but the game as a whole did not live up to its billing.

Overall, the game was slow to progress with lots of standing around by both sides. Pato provided a spark to AC Milan with goals in minutes 48 and 53, but play was a bit sloppy in what was more or less a boring game for a 2-2 draw.

Surprisingly, David Beckham started for Milan in his league debut, going 89 minutes in a very free role out of midfield. Beckham was listed as a holding midfielder in the starting line-up, and played in exactly that role in the beginning of the game. After about 20 minutes, Beckham could be seen drifting to to the right wing in more of an attacking role. Once that movement began, he was on that right wing quite frequently, though he did track back centrally for defensive cover.

All in all, his play was average. Clearly, he is being asked to play a simple role, with expectations being placed on his ability to control the tempo of the game with smart passes. He played fairly well in the center of the park, though his wing play was obviously not what it once was. Known for his signature crosses, Beckham was unable to find a teammate on any of his services. Though he needs to work on that, boss Carlo Ancelotti seemed to be impressed enough to keep Beckham in the match for almost its entire duration.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Being Diego Maradona

What’s that movie, 'Being John Malkovich', how about 'Being Diego Maradona'?

Friday, January 2, 2009

MLS Needs a DP WAG

Is there a Wives and Girlfriends culture in the MLS yet?