Life goes on, and so does football. While there hasn’t been much Beckham-related news over the weekend, what there has been is positive and encouraging. It’s time we all looked forward to the future again!
Galaxy Training Ahead of Whirlwind Tour
David and the LA Galaxy have begun their training at the Home Depot Center. The team is preparing for the Pan-Pacific Cup competition, followed closely by exhibition matches in Asia. The Cup kicks off on February 20th, with Galaxy facing J.League champions Gamba Osaka. The second round will occur on February 23rd. The Galaxy then appear in South Korea on March 1st, and China on March 5th. They are also scheduled to play a charity match against FC Dallas on March 15th. The team has not played since their tour of Australasia in late 2007. This plus a round-up of the 2007 Galaxy season here.
Gullit Will Help David Earn 100 Caps
Ruud Gullit has announced that he will do everything in his power to help David earn his century. Unlike Frank Yallop, who played him in matches before and after the England friendly versus Germany last August (and was widely criticized for the decision), Gullit plans to rest David if he is called to a future England squad. Gullit said:
“If David goes with the national team then I will have to rest him, otherwise he will not be able to play him at his best.
“To play for your country and get 100 caps is the best thing that can happen.”
Furthermore, the article reports:
Gullit is also of the opinion that Beckham was one of England’s best performers in their ill-fated Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia and sees no reason why he should retire from international football just yet.
Read the full piece at Goal.com.
28,000 Miles for the 100th Cap
David is prepared to fly approximately 28,000 miles to prove to Capello that he’s fit enough to play in the next England match (a friendly vs. France in Paris on March 26th). Although he will not have any of this season’s league matches under his belt at that time, he will have played five matches—two competitive—through late February and mid-March. It is hoped these matches will prove to Capello that David is ready for the call. If Gullit sticks to his word about resting David, this would mean David missing the opening match of the Galaxy’s 2008 season, set for March 29th. Read more about David’s campaign here.
Posted by Dina Ely, soccer editorial/commentary writer. Blog: Eleven Men