Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Beckham's academy does England's bidding
by Paul Kennedy, September 23rd, 2010 10:20PM



[REGARDS ON THE WORLD] Remember the Canadian youth team, the U-12s from Calgary's Foothills Soccer Club, whose dream of a trip to the David Beckham Academy was shattered when a registration site representing David Beckham's camp took their money and they went ahead with plans to fly to California only to learn later that the camp had been shut down? They'll be surprised to learn that Beckham and his academy are back in business, doing England's bidding for the 2018 World Cup.

Beckham will fly out after Friday's MLS game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls and head to Trinidad & Tobago, where his "academy" will hold a clinic over the weekend in conjunction with the close of the Under-17 Women's World Cup.

Well, it isn't actually a complete surprise that the academy -- which also closed down its camp operations in Greenwich, England, at the end of 2009 -- is back in operation.

At the time of the Foothills fiasco, AEG spokesman Michael Roth said in a memo the Daily Breeze obtained, "Planning is currently under way with David and senior coaches to develop a program and coaching model that will move beyond the limits of one location and ultimately impact more children in more cities across the United States and worldwide."

MONTERREY BASH REVISITED. We may never what actually went on at the postgame bash at the Mexico national team's Monterrey hotel following its game against Colombia on Sept. 8 that resulted in the suspensions of two players and fines for 11 others, but we do know one thing. It was a heck of a lot smarter to rent out a ballroom at the hotel, party there and pay the consequences than go out for a night on the town.

The Wall Street Journal reported the drug war between the Gulf Cartel and Zetas in Monterrey, known as the "Sultan of the North," is so bad that taxi drivers don't venture out after 10 p.m. when an informal curfew is imposed by Zetistas roaming the streets. Fearing for the safety of his family, the mayor of Monterrey has moved them to Dallas.

'NICE OCTOBERFEST DAY.' The end of September means it's Octoberfest in Munich, where the big match of the European weekend takes place. Defending champion Bayern Munich hosts Mainz, the surprise of the Bundesliga season with five wins in five games. Mainz, whose unbeaten streak is 10 games dating back to last season, has never before held the Bundesliga lead.

"They will take us seriously," Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel, at 36 the youngest coach in the Bundesliga, says of Bayern. "It will be an interesting game, a nice Octoberfest day," adds star Lewis Holtby. "People can look forward to it. I wish it was tomorrow already."

ON THE AIR. It's a big weekend for followers of Americans abroad. Here are four games to watch ...

-- Fulham-Everton. Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and the unbeaten Cottagers host Tim Howard's Everton, winless in five games. (, Saturday, 10 am ET; Fox Soccer Plus, delay, Saturday, 4 pm ET).
-- Lyon-St. Etienne. Carlos Bocanegra leads surprise St. Etienne (tied for first with Toulouse after five games) against regional rival and perennial title contender Lyon (in a three-way tie for 16th). (, Saturday, 3 pm ET)
-- Bolton Wanderers-Manchester United. For Stuart Holden, a fixture in midfield, and his Bolton teammates, a win over neighboring United will make their season. (Fox Soccer Plus and, Sunday, 7 am ET)
-- Wolves-Aston Villa. Marcus Hahnemann and Brad Friedel should be in the nets as Wolves hosts Villa in the visitors' first EPL game under new manager Gerard Houllier. (Fox Soccer Plus and, Sunday, 9 am ET)

No comments yet.

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



Recent Soccer America Daily
FIFA in total meltdown: Blatter and Platini suspended    
International soccer was engulfed by a new crisis on Thursday as FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ...
U.S. Abroad: Mewis makes European debut for Bayern    
U.S. international Kristie Mewis, signed by Bayern Munich from the NWSL's Boston Breakers, made her debut ...
TV Report: Press joins Fox Sports' @TheBuzzer    
U.S. women's national team forward Christen Press will be the first active athlete to contribute to ...
MLS: Red Bulls pull ahead in Supporters' Shield race    
The New York Red Bulls opened up a three-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race and ...
Concacaf Olympic Qualifying: Day 6    
The USA will face Honduras, a 2-1 loser to Mexico on Wednesday night, in Saturday's semifinals ...
What They're Saying: Jordan Morris    
"I don’t want to gloat or anything. I mean, for one thing, we were playing like ...
Video Pick: Unfortunate rebound downs the shooter    
We're happy to report that RB Leipzig's Austrian striker Marcel Sabitzer was unharmed after his own ...
Mexico loses key midfielder for U.S. match    
Jose Juan Vazquez, expected to start in central midfield for Mexico on Saturday against the USA ...
What They're Saying: New Jersey referee Jim Grimes    
"When I'm doing soccer, I'll still hear a parent or coach say, 'How long have you ...
Klinsmann's ace in the hole: U.S. record vs. Mexico    
For all the criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. national team coach does have quite a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives