Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Beckham takes to booth for So Cal Clasico
by Ridge Mahoney, September 13th, 2007 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

David Beckham will be in the ESPN2 commentary booth as his Galaxy mates try to climb out of the Western Conference cellar. Riding a one-game winning streak after beating Colorado, 3-1, last Saturday, the Galaxy will have Landon Donovan back after he played a role on both U.S. goals in a 4-2 loss to Brazil. The victory broke a six-game losing streak in MLS play and reversed a humiliating 3-0 loss to Colorado during the skid.

CHIVAS USA (12-6-4) vs. LOS ANGELES (4-11-5)
Thursday, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2


Can Los Angeles do the same against its HDC tenants? Three weeks ago, in this same Thursday night national broadcast time slot, Chivas USA thumped LA's Team, 3-0, with two goals by Maykel Galindo, one by Francisco Mendoza, and Jesse Marsch's flying kick to the thorax of Dreamy David, er, Beckham. Red cards to Kevin Harmse and Alex Zotinca during a midfield melee triggered by Marsch's boot further memorialized this match in the legacy of Southern California sports and knotted the bitter rivals in their season series at 1-1-1.

Zotinca is still suspended for his head-butt, for which he received a three-gamer and was docked $1500. The Galaxy season has been marred by numerous injuries besides the twisted knee of Beckham; eight Galaxy players are listed as doubtful, but defender Troy Roberts and midfielder Pete Vagenas, who is reportedly being shopped around the league as the Sept. 15 trade deadline approaches, are probable. Right back Chris Albright is still on injured reserve recovering from a ruptured hamstring.

By winning, Chivas USA can climb atop the Eastern Conference and keep Los Angeles in the cellar, which in its expansion season just two years ago is where Chivas USA finished. That terrible first season and a reluctance of Guadalajara fans to embrace the MLS version of their beloved team has impaired efforts to draw fans, and prompted the dismissal of CEO Javier Leon in favor of former AEG executive Shawn Hunter, who had left AEG two months ago.

Galindo netted twice again Sunday as Chivas USA belted New York, 3-0, to run its unbeaten streak to five games and its home record to 8-0-2.

If ESPN has proven anything this year as it controls and produces MLS telecasts, it's that no method of hyping Beckham is too brazen. Halftime interviews, shots of Victoria and the kids, even more shots of his grimacing face and puffy left ankle, the list goes on.

Putting him in the booth while he's injured is a logical step and is far more justifiable than the "news item" that led the Dicks' Sporting Goods Halftime Report on last week's telecast. That "scoop" was an unabashed declaration Becks might seek a loan during the MLS offseason and perhaps give up a portion of his salary to do so, despite obvious indications, subsequently confirmed, the original Internet posting -- based on an irresponsible English tabloid piece of pure speculation - was, pure and simple, a complete crock.

As the Galaxy proved in beating Colorado, it does have more on its roster than Beckham and Donovan. Players like Cobi Jones, who assisted on two of the goals against Colorado, and Chris Klein and Abel Xavier and Joe Cannon are proud men.

The road back to respectability is still a long one, but your roommate's backyard is a good starting point.

One of the storylines prior to Beckham's arrival was: could he revive the Galaxy's dismal season and launch a playoff push? LA doesn't have Beckham, but it does have more games (10) to play than anybody else. If nothing else, it needs to be closer to its derby mate than 23 points.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Wayne Shaw    
"All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down. I went and got it at ...
What They're Saying: Everton Luiz    
"I've been suffering racist abuse during the entire 90 minutes and also was upset by the ...
Sneak Peek: 'Caps short-handed for CCL match    
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be without their two big offseason acquisitions -- Yordy Reyna and Fredy ...
MLS Moves: TFC goes with TAM to sign ex-Barca midfielder    
In the wake of reaching its first MLS Cup final last December, Toronto FC hasn't done ...
MLS Expansion: San Diego proposes to build 'Soccer City'    
In what bills itself as "America's Finest City," backers of an MLS expansion franchise plan to ...
Sneak Peek: Controversial moves hang over Red Bulls    
The New York Red Bulls, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season for the ...
Video Pick: America coach tackles player, gets ejected    
During the Super Clasico, Club America coach Ricardo La Volpe stepped on the field and tackled ...
What They're Saying: Mike Piazza    
"I remember, as a player, complaining if we had a small plane, 'We couldn't get a ...
What They're Saying: Danny Cowley    
"It's life-changing for us. It's game-changing for the profile of our club. Football at our level ...
MLS Camp Chatter: Villa sees red on review    
In the last weekend before the first MLS teams play official competition -- three will play ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives