Mark it down: Jan. 11, 2007 will forever be known as the day that Major League Soccer truly arrived on the world stage. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ham/index.html
Mark it down: Jan. 11, 2007 will forever be known as the day that Major League Soccer truly arrived on the world stage.
Oh SHUT UP!!!!
David Beckham, the world's most recognizable soccer star, is leaving Real Madrid to join MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy in August on a five-year contract. And he's doing it the age of 31, it should be noted, not at, say, 35, when the world would simply scoff at a washed-up European star coming Stateside for a vacation and an easy paycheck.
Hello? Anybody home? Grant, you still talking out of your ***? A vacation and an easy paycheck is EXACTLY what he's looking forward to. He may be "only" 31 (which is pretty long in the tooth for a winger, anyway), but in case you forgot, he's been going steadily downhill.
Beckham's signing isn't exactly the same thing as the Cosmos's signing of Pelé in the 1970s, but it's awfully close to it.
That's it. I'm done reading the article. Twit.
Beckham is a much better player than some of his critics are willing to admit --while he has lost a bit of pace, he was still effective at last year's World Cup and remains one of the world's best free kick-takers.
I've always been a Becks apologist, but what in the world is he talking about? England were positively dreadful when he was on the field in Germany, and whenever Aaron Lennon came on, my gosh, it was a side transformed. I'll cede on the free-kick bit, but in all honesty, how many chances is he going to get at that per game. C'mon, Grant, this is pure silliness now.
In other words, look for Bruce Arena's Red Bulls (and perhaps a few others) to create some major buzz of their own with a big-name signing or two: Ronaldo, the all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup history and Beckham's current teammate at Real Madrid, has long been rumored as a target.
So the MLS is going to be happy to be known as a league that is able to attract stars well past their prime? Way to settle for that there, Sunil (Gulati, commissioner of the MLS).
The image of Beckham sending crosses onto the head of Landon Donovan for goals is the sort of thing that will be replayed on televisions around the world.
1. Donovan is a weak header of the ball in general.
2. Assuming Donovan will finish is a huge proposition. Then again, it'll be against an MLS-quality goalie, so more power.
3. The aging veteran to the overrated whiny big fish in a small pond. Classic commentary.
Gah, I couldn't fight the urge to finish reading Wahl's article. Normally, I have plenty of time for what he has to say, but my gosh, his head is so far up in the clouds today it's not even funny. It's gone from football commentary to fanboy gushing, and it's really quite pathetic/embarrassing.