Galaxy vs. Shanghai Delay Broadcast
By now you likely know the result of the Galaxy vs. Shanghai match (I was unable to locate decent live p2p streams), but if you don’t, you’ll find out tonight at 11pm ET when Fox Soccer Channel airs the match on tape delay. (We won’t ruin the fun!)

There will likely be an online option for watching this broadcast via TVU. TVUNetworks.com shows the match being broadcast on channel “soccer” (typically # 21500). FSC is often covered on this channel. To view the match there, visit TVU Networks, download the TVU software, open the software close to match time, and look for channel “soccer”.

You can also try it directly on the site here (choose “soccer” from the lefthand channel menu). Again, this is at 11pm ET.

UPDATE:
Galaxy 3 – 0 Shanghai
Now I can safely report that the LA Galaxy won their match vs. Shanghai 3-0. All three goals were scored by Carlos Ruiz, one from a Beckham assist.

Those who have seen the match noticed after 70 minutes David was substituted, limped off the field, and iced his leg. This was due to being kicked in the (right) thigh earlier in the game, which eventually caused dead leg (tightening, i.e. charley horse). The substitution was a precaution against further issue, and he asserts the injury is nothing serious (emphasis for those who may be skimming!) and will mend itself in a couple days.

In his words:
“I got a kick in my leg in the first half, and I felt it start stiffening up during the second half, so obviously the manager decided to bring me off [...] It’s only precautionary… it’s nothing serious.”

Of the win, he said:
“It’s always nice to win the game but I think we played really well, we played some good football and scored some good goals. [...] (Ruiz) got three goals which we’re really happy with.”

Find out more about the game result here.

Shanghai Match Clip
A 3 minute video clip of the Shanghai match:

Beckham Close to Century
Good news for those of us in support of David’s 100th cap. Capello has given us all encouragement in the form of a plan to check, maybe in person, David’s fitness next week when the Galaxy play Dallas. If satisfactory he’ll be in the running for the France friendly. If not, he can fancy his chances of earning the 100th this summer.

Capello’s remarks:
Los Angeles Galaxy play in Dallas on March 14 and Franco Baldini [Capello's assistant] or I will go to see him and assess his fitness. He is in contention for France. We will check on him in Dallas and then we will decide whether he will be fit for that squad. He will get his 100th cap if he is fit and in form.

“I know Beckham very well from Real Madrid and I hope David will play the 100th game and get that cap. I understand from reading his last interview that at this moment his fitness isn’t good and I will phone him because I want to know exactly what he thinks about his fitness.”

Read more here.

Beckham the Next Rambo?
This is a bit of fun for those who enjoy off-the-pitch news—not even a rumor, as it’s quite obviously tongue-in-cheek. Sylvester Stallone sees in Becks quite a lot of star factor, and The Sydney Morning Herald revealed Stallone considered inviting David to participate in the new Rambo film.

The Hollywood actor is a huge fan of the soccer star – who moved to Los Angeles last July – and was considering casting him in the movie so they could spend some quality time together.

He said: “I knew that David Beckham would be received as a superstar when he came to America. Actually, I thought that maybe I should put him in the new Rambo film and chase him around the jungle for a couple of months.”

Read the piece here.

Teammate News…
A surprising (or not, based on what little we’ve seen of form with the team) twist in the Celestine Babayaro tale: he’s been waived, essentially dropped, from the Galaxy team. He will be eligible to sign with another MLS team. Also dropped: Kyle Martino and Kelly Gray.

Next up: Hong Kong
The Galaxy will play in Hong Kong on March 9th, match to be televised at 3:00am ET on Fox Soccer Channel (viewing details will be posted on match day). The team departed for Hong Kong today, and we’ll be sure to report news of their activities there as we find it!

-Dina

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