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Friday, April 30, 2010

Beckham Out For Year. MLS Time: Success or Failure

A few days ago it was announced that David Beckham would miss the entire 2010 MLS season. His torn Achilles will not likely heal properly until until the Winter. This is a tough time for this to happen to Becks because he is missing the end of the season for AC Milan and the World Cup. This likely was his last chance to play for Team England and one questions whether or not if he has played his last game in the MLS or even soccer. So what can we say about David Beckham and his time in the MLS? Success or failure?

The word success can easily be said of David Beckham's time in the MLS. He helped Galaxy draw huge crowds at Home Depot Center and sell out countless stadiums while on the road with Galaxy. His first visit to RFK Stadium in a match with DC United drew 32,000 which was the biggest crowd for a foreign players debut since the great Pele in 1975. Just his name alone was golden for the MLS and Galaxy in 2008. His jersey sold more than 250,000 units before he even made his debut in the MLS against Arsenal on July 21, 2007.

adidas David Beckham AC Milan Home Replica Soccer Jersey 09/10The word failure cannot be placed on Beckham as easily, but disappointment can be. After a successful second half of 2007, Beckham followed up his sophomore season in 2008 with Galaxy with what appeared to be a lethargic persona on the field. He still showed flashes of his talent and skill but just seemed uninterested in being in the MLS. Anyone who watched him saw he was dying to get back to Europe and that is exactly what he got. In the transfer window of January 2009 AC Milan and Galaxy announced that Beckham would be on loan. This was the beginning of the end of Beckham in the MLS. He returned later that year to in fighting with fellow Galaxy players, namely Landon Donavon, and playing half hearted team play. It is hard to even imagine Beckham as a player for Galaxy, because all you see of him is him in his AC Milan uniform. Ask yourself this question, Is David Beckham a member of Galaxy or AC Milan?

So Success or Failure? All in all it was a tale of two sides and clearly a win win situation for both sides. David Beckham made a boat load of money for enduring a few summers in Los Angeles. The MLS gained huge attendance numbers, huge jersey sales, and a story or highlight on Sports Center that for the first time was in the first few minutes of the show. All in all Beckham himself was a disappointment, but Beckham the name was an amazing success.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rangers vs. DC United

Maurice Edu and SPL Champions Rangers will be leaving Glasgow this summer for a preseason friendly with DC United. The two are scheduled to meet July 24th at RKF stadium in Washington DC. Rangers are a true world power house having won the SPL 53 times and finishing runner up in th '08 UEFA Cup. United are four time MLS champs and are no stranger to victory. On paper, Rangers should dominate this match, however being a preseason friendly one never knows what to expect from the European teams coming over during the summer. My prediction is United dominates the ball for a majority of the time, but Rangers win.
Final score
Rangers 3
United 1

Eddie Buddle Wins April Player of the Month

To no one's surprise Eddie Buddle capped off his fabulous month by winning the Player of the Month. Buddle had a career month and a recorded setting one at that. He scored 7 goals in Los Angeles Galaxy's first four matches and had multiple goals in three of the four matches. What a month for Eddie Buddle as he lead Galaxy to a 4-0 start. Congrats to Eddie!

USA National Team Home Jersey

The US National Team unveiled their new Home jersey Thursday morning. The jersey is white on white and is made of Nike's moisture management material Dri-Fit. The USA now has released both their home and away jerseys that they will wear in the 2010 World Cup.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MLS Corner Kick: Rangers, Beasley, Edu Win#links

MLS Corner Kick: Rangers, Beasley, Edu Win#links

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rangers, Beasley, Edu Win

Rangers continued their dominance of the Scottish Premier League with a 3-1 win this week over Aberdeen. Rangers had an early 2-0 lead until Aberdeen scored a goal midway through the second half. Rangers continued to attack fiercely scoring for a final time in the 76th minute.

American Maurice Edu played the entire 90 minutes, while DaMarcus Beasley did not appear in the game.

Steven Davis (24th minute)
Kyle Lafferty (65th minute)
Kenny Miller (76th minute)

Darren Mackie (68th minute)

Final Score: Rangers 3 Aberdeen 1

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Premier League - Who's Hot and Who's Not?

Premier League - Who's Hot and Who's Not?

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Rangers on cusp of Scottish league title

With their win Sunday, Rangers all but locked up the SPL title for a 2nd year in a row. Fellow SPL power Celtic trails Rangers by 10 points. has the full story:
Rangers on cusp of Scottish league title

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chivas Blown Out by Dynamo

What a terrible game. Chivas seemed totally out of sync and Dynamo took advantage and man handled the team from Southern California

Dynamo 3
Chivas USA 0

Up next for Galaxy: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake -

Up next for Galaxy: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake -

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Manchester United and Manchester City... What An Ending

I got up this morning at 4am to watch Man U and Manchester City and it was so worth it. The energy of the game was awesome. And what a finish when John Scholes scored on his beautiful header in stoppage. What else could anyone ask for in a derby.
Manchester United 1
Manchester City 0

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ricketts earns third straight shutout in Galaxy's win over Dynamo

Ricketts earns third straight shutout in Galaxy's win over Dynamo: "Edson Buddle scored twice and Donovan Ricketts had his third straight shutout to start the season as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat ..."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day One, Hello...

So here I am, the casual soccer fan having just dicussed the US national team with my friend and the complete frustration with them and I thought why not blog about soccer. My goal on this blog is to talk about the American National team, the MLS, and American players abroad. I have a soft spot in my heart for Woverhampton in the English Premier League and Glasgow Rangers because my Mother in Law is Scottish and her family is obsessed with Rangers. So bare with me if I post about them a lot. Plus Rangers has two Americans on the team that are also on the American National team.