A sold out crowd of 85,000 people are expected to pack the Rose Bowl tonight to watch global stars Thierry Henry, Xavi, Lionel Messi and their club FC Barcelona kick off their U.S. tour against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Judging from the recent Chelsea FC v Inter-Milan match at the Rose Bowl tonight’s game should be a star studded event.
There are still a limited amount of tickets available – if your heading to the game check out this page for tips, but if you can’t make it out to the Rose Bowl you can watch the game on Fox Soccer Network and Fox Sports en Espanol.
Will the Riot Squard heckle David Beckham? Can Landon Donavan perform against the Barça stars? Will smokin’ hot Charlize Theron be in attendance? All questions will be answered tonight.
By now you’ve all seen the video of David Beckham confronting members of the Galaxy’s “Riot Squad”during their game against AC Milan.
Eddie Garcia, member of The Riot Squad, sent an official statement to The Original Winger concerning the confrontation. Read the statement here…
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)
David Beckham confronted a fan sitting in a section where negative banners about the Los Angeles Galaxy player were displayed during Beckham’s first home game of the season Sunday night.
As Beckham left the field at halftime, he went over to the section where one of the team’s support groups holds court and appeared to shout something. The fan jumped down from the seating section and was subdued by security before being escorted off the field.
Fans in the L.A. Riot Squad section were holding up Beckham’s jersey and beating it. One of their homemade signs read, “Go home fraud” while another said, “23: Repent.”
Read all about Beckham’s rough reception…