Friday, July 31, 2009

Beckham Banners

As the LA Galaxy gets ready to take on Barcelona on Saturday, Beckham was asked again about BeckhamGate and those banners:

Beckham said it really doesn't matter what the fans do, even if more negative banners are almost certain to be present Saturday.

"I wish I had time to make banners," he said with a grin. "If they have more banners, it's down to them. I've had it a lot worse than I've had it here."

Beckham, for example, was villified by English fans and media after the 1998 World Cup, in which he was red-carded during a second-round loss to Argentina that eliminated England from the competition. One headline in a British newspaper even called him an "idiot."

"I've had it bad in all the places where I've played," he said. "It's just part of playing soccer."

I wonder what kind of banners Beckham would make? 'Posh I Love You', that might be one.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Keep On Winning They Don't

No one says things like Jose Mourinho:

"I had many conversations before Chelsea and I decided on a divorce,'' he said. "It was difficult for me because we loved each other but the relationship went in one direction and it was best for everyone.

"Since I left I became champion again but they have not been champions again. I keep on winning and they don't."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Beckham Fined $1000

The guy makes $5 million a year plus endorsements.

David Beckham has been fined $1,000 by Major League Soccer for his conduct toward a fan during an exhibition game.

What did he do? Just yelled at a member of the LA Riot Fan group.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shaq Challenges Beckham

Shaq is a twitter fanatic it seems, and someone who always likes to throw out a challenge. This could be good for Beckham though, take him away from Donvoangate and LA Riot fansgate.

The Real Shaq said
: Dear david beckham, I kno u heard about my shaq vs show, anyway u will never score a goal on me, I challenge you lil man

Don't believe Shaq can play keeper? He's done it before, when he was with the Suns. The big man would be pretty intimidating. Why don't they bring Shaq out to the Home Depot center, let him take a few shots...

Bill Simmons: 10 more reasons why he loves sports

Yeah, I'd have to agree. How many people have actually bought this MLS sports package? I like to know how many exactly. Well, if you say all the players moms went ahead and bought the package for the season: 16 teams multiplied by say 20 players that's 320. Then let's go ahead and add on some MLS hardcore fans (2000), throw in a few more, and my guess is 3,000. I think that's generous.

No. 922: MLS Direct Kick
Does anyone else crack up each time they see this commercial? "For just $74.95, you can watch every MLS game!" OK, maybe I don't crack up, but there is some mild guffawing.

Read more over at ESPN...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Who's Standing Up for Beckham?

I've been posting and writing about The Beckham Show the past few days, mainly because I disagree with a lot of what other sites and blogs are saying about Beckham. I think all the people who've trashed Beckham lately haven't ever played soccer at a high level or perhaps at all. And I'm not saying I played at an extremely high level either, but I did play and can see what Beckham brings to the game.

Beckham had a hand in both goals in the game versus AC Milan. And, if Eddie Lewis had a right foot he would have had a hand in three goals. But the move that showed what Beckham brings to the game was just before he came off the pitch. He played a couple of beautiful give and go passes with Galaxy forward Bryan Jordan along the right touchline - quick, short, crisp passes. The final pass a deft touch that put Jordan nearly through on goal, if Jordan only clipped the ball around the last defender or put the ball through his legs.

I'd like to hear what other MLS players have to say about Beckham. Do they want him in the MLS? Do they think he's unprofessional? Most soccer players are now probably scared to say anything though, since Grant Wahl's book came out. Now, most MLS players are probably going to give the rote and boring post game cliches, so they don't end up in a book.

And I know Beckham is making a pile of money, but the guy can play. Donovan said it himself: "There's not another player on a team in this league that can make those plays. It was an exciting game."

If you look at the Galaxy now, they are definitely more well rounded side. And, most importantly, they have a keeper in Donovan Rickettes. LA Galaxy fans should be made not so much at Beckham, but the management, for getting rid of Joe Cannon a few years ago and then taking forever to sign a keeper like Donovan Ricketts.

Do you remember the moment where Gregg Berhalter tried to head the ball over the goal early in the first half against AC Milan, and Ricketts tipped the ball over the bar? Well, last year that would have been a goal and the LA team would have fallen on it's face after that.

Beckham brings an intensity to the game that I think many fans don't appreciate just yet. He may have to leave for them to realize what he brought to the game.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Can Your Brain Fight Fatigue?

Your brain has to get used to suffering so it knows the body isn't in trouble. If the brain is telling the muscles they're working too hard and you should stop, then it's hard to break through that stage when playing soccer let's say.

However, if you train, if you get in shape - meaning your brain gets used to working hard, then you won't feel the pain and want to stop. From the NY Times:

“I think the training effect of this theory is potentially very profound,” Tucker says. “Training is no longer simply an act of getting the muscles used to lactate or teaching the lungs how to breathe harder.” It’s also about getting your brain to accept new limits by pushing yourself, safely. “Once your brain recognizes that you’re not going to damage yourself,” Foster says, “it’ll be happy to let you go.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tens of Millions of Soccer Moms

Article about The Beckham Experiment in the WSJ. But this was interesting:

Alas, tens of millions of U.S. soccer moms have left quite a carbon footprint shuttling their kids to games and yet haven't produced a single first-class, world-wide soccer superstar. Mr. Donovan has the talent to be that player but has not played well during his stints in Europe. That has brought him back to America -- and to the clash of wills with Mr. Beckham.

When is the United States going to produce a true soccer star - and not a keeper? Or was Giuseppe Rossi the first, and we just missed out on persuading him to play for the U.S.?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Manchester City Needs to Get Rid of Dunne

I've said this before and I'll say it again, Manchester City can continue to sign some of the best players in the world, but if they don't get rid of defender Richard Dunne they're not going to crack the top four.

Manchester City have now signed or are about to sign: Bellamy, Adebayor, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Robinho, and now, maybe even John Terry. And Terry would be the key signing, because he would most likely push City to let go of Dunne once and for all. Dunne is the own goal king of the EPL, and would only bring down the pile of money that is Manchester City if he stays.

There's even some talk that City will sign David Beckham, if he doesn't return to AC Milan.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Why Not Ruud Instead of Owen?

How come Manchester United didn't sign Ruud Van Nistelrooy instead of Owen? I don't think Ruud and Ferguson parted on the best of terms, but wouldn't Ruud fit back into Manchester United side nicely?

Real Madrid has told most of the Dutch players, including Ruud, that he's no longer wanted. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Ruud sticks around and has another fine season at Madrid. Barcelona said they wanted to get rid of Etoo last year and he want on and had one of his best seasons ever. It may just be all talk.

Iraqi Soccer Team Comes Home

The score did not matter so much — well, it mattered some. More important was that Iraq’s itinerant national soccer team, displaced for years by war, finally returned to Baghdad on Monday night to play a home match at home.

In a dusty summer swelter, tens of thousands of Iraqis poured into Baghdad’s shabby Shaab Stadium and for the first time since 2002 filled it with a cacophony of clapping, clanging, chanting and cheering for the one thing that unifies Iraq more than any other.

“Iraq! Iraq!” they chanted hours before the match, the stadium filled past capacity and genuinely festive like nothing Baghdad had experienced in years.

Read more at the NY Times.