David Beckham’s well publicized feud with Landon Donovan has made him one of the most hated athletes in America.
In last night’s friendly against AC Milan Beckham got into a scrap with Galaxy fans who were heckling the superstar. The Offside Rules has attained video of Beckham nearly jumping into the crowd to confront members of the Galaxy’s Riot Squad – watch the video here.
Many would argue that the Galaxy’s Beckham experiment has failed miserably but over the last month the eyes of America have been geared toward the sport to see what will happen next. Even if the subject of discussion involves bashing one of the world’s most notable athletes MLS fans seem more emotionally attached to the sport than ever.
I’ve asked a few professional soccer players whether or not they believe the exposure and emotion created by the David Beckham saga might actually be good for the MLS and the response is unanimous, 100% yes!
As the old adage says, “any publicity is good publicity” and at this point any exposure is good exposure for the MLS. Let’s just hope Beckham has what it takes to keep up his polarizing ways and continue being the villainous anti-hero the league needs.
Photos below: Galaxy’s friendly vs A.C. Milan (click thumbnail to view full sized)
The US National team won the ESPY Award for “Best Upset” for their victory against world number one Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
A few players from the from the team were on hand to accept the award. Landon Donovan was joined on stage by Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Sacha Kljestan, Clint Dempsey, Ricardo Clark and Jozy Altidore.
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There have been numerous recent developments in the US bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Not only have formal proposal requests been sent to 37 potential US host cities but forty-five venues have made the short list of candidate stadiums.
California Governer Arnold Schwarzeneger has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its endeavor to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
Arnold isn’t the only person providing star power to the Board of Directors. He joins Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, two of the most decorated players in U.S. National Team history and Former United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger on the USA Bid Committee.
President Obama has even reached out directly to FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati to endorse the efforts to bring the world’s largest sporting event back to the United States.
It’s pretty safe to say that the committee is pulling out all stop in their bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.