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
Balancing what beckons Beckham
by Ridge Mahoney, May 23rd, 2007 10AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Confidential

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas, talking on his cell phone at the Denver airport waiting for a connecting flight to Los Angeles, is wary of loading too many exhibition matches onto his team's schedule.

Lalas was returning from Minneapolis, having concluded negotiations for his team to feed off the frenzy that will hit these shores in another month or so. Still, playing at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Oct. 10 against an opponent to be named later makes sense, even if the game - and a match one week earlier in Vancouver - occurs during the critical final weeks of the MLS regular season.

That's what happens when you sign David Beckham. The world comes calling.

"We took on some financial responsibilities by signing a certain player," says Lalas, "and everyone at our club knows those responsibilities mean we have to generate revenue whenever we can. Believe me, we've had to turn down some attractive and lucrative proposals because we were concerned about our players and our organization doing too much.

"Because of our commitments in MLS and other competitions you'll see us do more of this in the postseason and preseason next year. Our players and coaches understand this, and David, too, knows that this is part of the gig."

In this case, the gig is a match promoted by the USL Minnesota Thunder and its ambitious director of soccer operations, Manny Lagos, who emerged from a long college and pro playing career as universally liked as a person can be. Lagos, a native of St. Paul, Minn., hopes to promote the Copa Minnesota as a regular international soccer event. For this first edition, Mexican club UNAM is among the possible foes for the Galaxy.

"As soon as we signed Beckham, Manny Lagos was on the phone, saying 'You need to come here,'" says Lalas. "He made it attractive for us, financially and competitively, and I'll say straight out, if it wasn't for Manny Lagos and his hard work, this game doesn't happen."

Lalas didn't reveal financial details but a source says the Galaxy is being guaranteed a fee of $500,000. Lagos wants to break the state soccer attendance record set in June, 1976, when a crowd of 46,164 came to see Pele and the Cosmos play the Minnesota Kicks at Metropolitan Stadium. The Metrodome can accommodate 64,000 for soccer. A 1984 Metrodome crowd of 52,000 attended a soccer game that also featured a Beach Boys concert, or vice versa.

"Copa Minnesota will be an amazing international soccer event that will boost local and regional interest in the sport," said Lagos in a press release. He played for the MetroStars, Columbus, Tampa Bay, Chicago and San Jose in MLS as well as in France and Spain after earning all-America honors at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"Two great teams are coming together with a lot of star power. This is a not-to-be-missed soccer event for fans and families, and of course, we are very excited to bring the biggest soccer star in the world, David Beckham, to the Twin Cities."



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
Dempsey: Qualifying for the World Cup is bigger than breaking scoring records    
In his bid to "stay relevant" and in the plans of national team head coach Bruce ...
Bruce Arena makes the USA fun to watch    
Before Friday's game against Honduras, I wondered whether the U.S. national team would bring joy to ...
Michael Bradley: USA prepared 'to tilt the bar in our favor' early against Honduras    
As they train in San Jose for a crucial Hexagonal match against Honduras on Friday, the ...
Next move for Real Salt Lake is the most crucial in a decade    
The history of RSL is one of remarkable stability -- just three head coaches since starting ...
U.S. roster announcement: Bruce Arena's return marked by a singleness of purpose    
Multiply the left-back debate with a few more positions each with several candidates and you'll have ...
Quakes encouraged but not giddy after impressive opener    
Four seasons without playoffs has left the fervent fans in San Jose discouraged, but a ray ...
MLS 1-22: Ranking the teams on the eve of a new season    
Eight different teams have played in the last four MLS Cup finals and last year, 2015 ...
Random thoughts as the MLS season draws near    
The 2017 MLS season starts next Friday, March 3, more than a month earlier than the ...
Walker Zimmerman joins the U.S. centerback pool with solid performance    
Two FC Dallas centerbacks were summoned to the first U.S, camp of 2017 and after Matt ...
Rare USA golazo inspires some hope    
One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the USA delivered something impressive with its goal in ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives