So in what is already a very tumultuous relationship with David Beckham, the LA Galaxy and MLS, England National Team Coach is now saying he will not include Beckham on the World Cup squad unless he leaves the MLS. Per ESPN:
“Beckham knows well that if he doesn’t return to a big European championship in December he’ll have no chance for the World Cup,” Capello was quoted as saying by Monday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.”
This is blatant disrespect for the MLS and it actually offends me. I’m not going to argue that the MLS is better than playing for AC Milan… its not, but that he makes its seem like because Beckham is in the US hes not even playing soccer is just wrong. I know he was leaving as soon as he could no matter what, but I really want Beckham’s leaving of the MLS to be a good one, to help grow the league and get other big name players over here, but this really doesn’t help. At least he has an excuse now. I’ve never had much respect for the England National team, for all the supposed superstars they never do anything, but now I’m very much against them and their blatant anti-American bias. Its almost like they fear the US becoming a real soccer threat and don’t want us to beat them at another thing after that Revolutionary War…
Last night Landon Donovan scored an incredible goal vs the NE Revs:
He really seems to be on his form right now and I think he has been incredible this summer. Also, a little unrelated but, dosen’t it seem like Landon Donovan never misses a PK. In the MLS all-star game and then Confed Cup he had them and I never even considered that he would miss. He treats it like a free throw in basketball and hits with the same accuracy. Could he be the best in the world at the PK?
Update: The play can be seen on the ESPN360 replay at 1hour 9 min than a replay 40 seconds later. There is no timer shown on the ESPN360 replay so I cant tell you when it was, but it feels around the 60th min…
So Andrea Canales of Goal.com has an article out that made made solely because of the run Marvell Wynne had when he burned the shocked Christiano Ronaldo. He recounts a conversation with a typical European biased soccer fan:
“But although Marvell can’t match up in technique with a lot of skilled players, I’d put his speed on par with anyone out there.”
I didn’t realize I’d made such an earth-shattering statement, but my companion stared at me, agape.
“You mean anyone in MLS, right?” He clarified for me.
I shook my head. “No, I think Marvell is up there with any soccer player in the world, speed-wise.”
The look on the face of this press box acquaintance changed from surprise to one of pity.
“Well,” he said carefully, “You haven’t covered enough games abroad, then. You don’t get a sense of how fast these top European players are from the television. They’re incredible. Cristiano Ronaldo is amazingly fast. He’d leave Marvell in the dust.”
Now it was my turn to be skeptical. “Really? I mean, of course Cristiano Ronaldo is faster with the ball at his feet than Marvell in the same situation. Ronaldo’s ball control is awesome. But in a game, if Ronaldo has the ball at his feet, Marvell doesn’t, so he can catch him, or at least stay with him.”
Even as I spoke, I suddenly had the feeling that by starting to lean on unprovable hypotheticals, our debate was sinking to “My dad can beat up your dad” territory.
Yet my opponent wasn’t averse to that. “Let me tell you,” he stated. “If they ran a fifty-yard dash, Cristiano Ronaldo would beat Marvell Wynne by five yards. You think Wynne’s really fast because all you see him against is MLS competition. You just haven’t seen enough of what top soccer is really about.”
He then goes on to mention how that common perception was shattered in front of the entire world last night:
But the odds that I’d feel any vindication depended on either those timed runs, or Wynne and Ronaldo playing against each other, which didn’t look to happen any time soon.
Except it did last night.
Sure, I watched the friendly between Real Madrid and Toronto FC for many of the reasons that thousands of others did – to see how the new galacticos were meshing. Kaka, Karim Benzema, Raul, Cristiano Ronaldo and others on the Madrid squad were amazing to view. Their technique was far above that of the Toronto squad, as their combination passes befuddled the defense repeatedly. Especially for preseason, the athleticism of the Real Madrid players was also impressive.
However, I had my eye on one match-up in particular. Again and again, Wynne defended against Ronaldo.
If anyone who watched the game last night believes he’d ever be left behind by five yards in a short sprint race between the two, they are absolutely blinded by MLS hatred.
Ronaldo has an impressive bag of tricks in his arsenal, and versus Wynne, he had to rely on the ones other than speed, because he simply couldn’t use that to shake Wynne.
Its little things like this that can help break the MLS steroytype and help make it into a top league. This is also great exposure for Wynne who may get looks from Eurpoean teams after seeing his speed and considering his youth. Wynee has a chance to make the US world cup team for next year having already made an appearnce in qualifying. Check out the rest of the article here.
Steve Nicol, the coach of the New England Revolution, has been fined and suspended for actions he made vs Toronto FC per ESPN:
NEW YORK — New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol was suspended one game and fined $1,000 for conduct during the game against Toronto FC.
MLS made the announcement on Saturday, saying Nicol will miss the game that day against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The fine and suspension are in addition to the automatic $500 fine and one-game suspension received for a coach’s dismissal from a match. Nicol was dismissed in the Revolution’s 1-1 tie against Toronto on Aug. 1.
He will serve the other game suspension on Aug. 20 against the Seattle Sounders FC.
So two games and $1500, but niether should affect the team very much as its just the coach. Maybe this can bring some publicity to the MLS…
There are four games being played in the MLS today:
New England v LA 6 EST
Number 5 in the east New England takes on number 3 in the west LA, or team Landon Donovan and David Beckham. The super hot LA team that is 4-0-1 with Beckham playing.
Landon Donovan (LA) is the only National Team player in this game.
San Jose v Columbus 8:30 EST
Last place in the West San Jose takes on number 1 in the East Columbus. Important game for Columbus as Chicago is only one point behind them with one less game played.
Chad Marshall (Columbus) is the only National Team Player in this game.
Real Salt Lake v Seattle 9 EST
Number 6 in the West Salt Lake takes on number 2 Seattle, in a game that includes no National Team Players.
Colorado v Chivas USA 9:30 EST
The only match-up with two national team players, Casey’s Colorado takes on Bornstien’s Chivas as the teams are ties in the West, both in 4th with 27 pts (although Chivas have played 2 less games).
Conor Casey (Colorado) and Johnathon Bornstien (Chivas) are the National Team players in this game.
If there any fans of these teams (my team NY sadly) who wish to tell more about the matchups please leave a comment and Ill add it into the post…
Real Madrid’s new stars were all on show in their impressive 5-1 win over Toronto FC. Goals were scored by Raul at 13′ and 26′, Ronaldo at 18′, Benzema at 65′, and Robben at 85′ for Madrid. For Toronto the lone goal was scored by Gala at 75′. Kaka was all over the field while he was in taking a few shots and Xabi Alonso subbed in early in the second half for Ronaldo.
There was a FK from the top of the box for Madrid late in the first half that Ronaldo lined up to take and the crowd got very excited with camera flashes going off all over. Much to the dismay of the fans an other Madrid player, Guti, standing right next to the ball crept up and tried to sneak one in unsuccessfully while all attention was on Ronaldo. Needless to say the crowd was very unhappy. The Ronaldo goal was not too impressive and probably should have been saved but the crowd was very pleased to see a Ronaldo goal anyway…
Later in the game Ronaldo was chasing down a lead pass up the sideline and seems to have a clear path to the goal when out of nowhere Marvell Wynne just flew past him from out of nowhere and took the ball away. An extremely impressive play by Wynne against the worlds most expensive player. Wynne has made an appearance with the National Team this year and is a young player that we expect to have major impact in the future, and possibly make the World Cup Team.
Who did you think looked good? What did you think of all the attackers for Real Madrid?