Archive for the ‘David Beckham’ Category

Beckham’s First Red Card in MLS

August 19, 2009

And to think he had the guff to criticize the referee for this sloppy studs-up challenge on Pete Vagenas:

Beckham Fine: A Whole $1000 MLS? Really?

July 26, 2009

So, MLS has decided to fine David Beckham a whopping $1,000 for taking the bait from jeering fans and exchanging words and gestures with them (of a less-than-gentlemanly nature).

I for one am glad to see this kind of passion coming from these MLS fans, who care enough about their club to be bothered by the way Beckham has disrespected the Galaxy over the past year. At the same time, its nice to see Beck’s lacing up his “I-give-a-crap” boots for a change (glad they got packed in the luggage from Milan). How about more of that fire this year David, especially since you’ve missed 17 games and you’re all rested up from your vacation with the Mrs? With Da Bruce at the helm and the Galaxy firing on all cylinders, how about winning a trophy or two?

All this said, if MLS wants to fine a player for misconduct, it should be commensurate with their salary in order to send the right message. A $1,000 fine sure packs a punch on those young players who are living in their cars (since their salary already puts them below the poverty level) but for Becks, come on. He can probably find that much loose change under the cushions of his couch.

Then again, if Beckham is half the cheapskate Donovan seemed to indicate in Grant Wahl’s new book, perhaps MLS knew what it was doing on the level of the fine. But on whether he should have been fined in the first place, I’m not sure Becks, nor the fans (except the one who jumped down from the stands), really crossed the line.

The more you look at the videos, the more you see that this was nothing more than the kind of exchanges you see between fans and players in stadiums all over the world. We’re seeing electric atmospheres in places like Seattle and Columbus (to name a few) so let’s hope the league does not stifle the spirit they’ve worked so hard to build. This entire episode leaves me asking the same question LFV pal Phil Schoen asked recently; Is MLS Ready For The Passion?

Classic: Politi on Beckham

July 16, 2009

With all of the hoopla surrounding Beckham’s (reluctant) return to the LA Galaxy, here is one observer who can see through the smoke and call this one like it is.

Thanks to New Jersey reader Marc S. for passing this one along.

Wahl’s Book: ESPN Paid For "Beckham Infomercial"

July 9, 2009

The steady release of excerpts from Grant Wahl’s forthcoming book “The Beckham Experiment” continues to stir interest (and no doubt pre-orders on Amazon) as more behind-the-scenes details from his tumultuous time in LA emerge.

The latest tidbit, that ESPN paid Beckham’s management company to produce a one-hour special on Beckham sounds even more crass than the previous charge that Becks was a cheapskate.

Wahl, a guy who works his butt off to develop his stories, called it “checkbook journalism,” and he’s 100% right.

Arena: That’s Madness!

March 4, 2009

You’ve got to hand it to LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, who is not one to sit quietly and let the Beckham circus distract his new club any further.

Beckham To Stay With Milan Until July

March 3, 2009

The LA Times’ Grahame Jones is reporting that the LA Galaxy has reached a deal with AC Milan to extend the loan until July, when Beckham would rejoin his team in LA.

The agreement will give Beckham a chance to stay in England coach Fabio Capello’s scheme while compensationg the Galaxy and their sponsors in the process.

Whether the Galaxy can improve over last year’s embarassing run while missing its most expensive player for half the new season remains to be seen. I for one don’t think he’ll pull on a Galaxy jersey ever again. Don’t be fooled folks, this is something akin to a separation agreement awaiting a final divorce.

Read more about it here.

Given how hollow Beckham’s previous words and promises to MLS and LA Galaxy fans are ringing these days, you’ve got to wonder when the Rossoneri faithful will discover that his only loyalty appears to be to no one but himself.

Comments and Predictions

February 28, 2009

I’m still in the songwriting mode these days (since it pays much better than soccer writing) so once again, I’ll let some musicians help out with a few predictions and comments.

What will David Beckham be doing this year?

What do you make of recent reports that Vincenzo Bernardo is not committed to playing for the US U-20s?

What Are Your Thoughts On the New MLS Season?

Will Freddy Adu Ever Get A Start With AS Monaco?

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Beckham: No News Is Good News

February 22, 2009

This afternoon in Serie A, David Beckham played a lackluster 90 minutes for Milan in their 1-0 win over Cagliari with Clarence Seedorf providing the game winner in the 65th minute.

Becks may not be quite ready to stay on in Milan unless he works on his Italian. During today’s match, he was often heard calling out “Change!” in English while bewildered teammates weren’t sure what he was saying.

Beckham also got into an injury time scuffle with a Calgiari ‘s Michele Fini knocked over Milan keeper Abbiati and then elbowed Beckham in the head. Becks was substituted in injury time and was seen holding an ice pack above his right ear as time was called.

After the match when asked about his possible transfer to Milan, Beckham told Sky Calcio, “No news is good news…but I do hope to stay in Milan. Talks are still going on and I hope things work out.” When asked whether his England place was at risk if he stayed on with the LA Galaxy, he replied: “Of course, people have said that but I’ve been at the Galaxy for a year and still managed to be in the England team…but I really hope to stay here.”

Beckham’s transfer status will be decided by Friday

February 11, 2009

As I sit here watching David Beckham play in the England-Spain match, Bob Wagman has posted a great update on the likely endgame in the current Beckham transfer saga.

Arena: You Want Beckham? I Want Ronaldinho

February 6, 2009

The Italian media is still full of speculation on whether AC Milan will be able to acquire the LA Galaxy’s David Beckham. The difference now is that the smoke is starting to clear as reality sets in on both sides of the Atlantic.

According to La Gazetta Dello Sport, Posh and Becks are already sizing up a new home in Milan, the Villa Mozart, while Galaxy coach Bruce Arena seems resigned to accepting any outcome, being quoted on the team’s website stating: “whatever happens, happens.”

But Arena is also quoted in La Gazetta quipping that: “Milan wants Beckham? I want Ronaldinho and Messi.” It can’t be easy for Arena, who has taken the reigns of the league’s most disappointing club, only to watch its two best players run off to Europe for a better deal. Donovan, I can understand since he has given the league and club several good years plus he has so some unfinished business in Europe.

Beckham, on the other hand, has not even been with the Galaxy eight months, let alone played for anything close to eight months. The league and the club pushed all the chips on the table for him last year so his flaking to Milan can’t make it easy for league execs and Galaxy fans (who probably thought they’d finally be sticking it to Chivas this year).

As you probably know by now, I’d be happy for MLS to unload his huge salary since every indication is that he lacks commitment to his team and the league. Maybe they can use some of that money to buy Heath Pearce this summer and bring in other exciting, talented players who actually want to be there.