Galaxy on the Shanghai Express
Further news is emerging about the LA Galaxy’s Asian tour, announced here yesterday. They are confirmed to play in Shanghai against East Asia, a Chinese team composed of mostly under-20s. The match is scheduled for March 5th. According to Shanghai Daily Becks will play for only 45 minutes, as all are eager to ensure he avoids injury before the start of the MLS season. It’s speculated Galaxy will play another match in China, and their match in South Korea against FC Seoul is also confirmed. Read more here.
“He’s still got the ability”
Steven Gerrard has joined the list of England players asking for David’s 100th cap, but also asserts Becks is capable of continuing to play throughout England’s campaign for 2010 World Cup qualification. He told Sky Sports News:
“I think everyone’s talking about 100 caps for David, but I’m sure he can go on and achieve a lot more. He’s still got the ability to be involved in the setup.
“He’s a very fit lad. He looks after himself really well. He’s still got that passion to play for the country.
Read Gerrard’s full comments here.
Sven Speaks Up Again
At the FWA tribute dinner for David earlier this month Sven Goran Eriksson delivered a speech strongly encouraging Fabio Capello to award Becks his century. Following the comments of his cross-town counterpart Ferguson, the Man City boss has reiterated that he believes Becks should be given his 100th cap. Eriksson said:
“He deserves his 100th cap, of course he does, simply for the service he has given.
And in contrast to fellow ex-England manager Steve McClaren, Eriksson doesn’t believe David’s MLS move automatically disqualifies him from further international participation.
“Even if he is in America I think he can still fight for his place in the team, certainly his right foot is no worse than it used to be!”
Read the full interview here.
Raw Footage of Beckham in Africa
This is 3 minutes of raw documentary footage of David in Sierra Leone, sans voiceover. You can clearly hear the ambiance—like cameras clicking, children talking, Becks applauding a child. It also features extended clips of his soccer games with local kids. The video has an interview sequence we’ve seen before, but the real value in this video is catching a glimpse of the unobstructed sights and sounds of his trip, many of which are deeply touching.
Beckham the Groupie!
The Spice Girls were interviewed on Good Morning America yesterday, and at about 1m 30s the conversation turns briefly to David, their biggest fan!
Posted by Dina Ely, soccer editorial/commentary writer. Blog: Eleven Men