The Beckham Effect

All but one of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s six road games this season have drawn more than 20,000 fans. The exception was the Galaxy’s opener at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which was sold out at 18,713. For more on the David Beckham crowd pull and MLS attendance. …

Los Angeles’ home attendance is a league-leading 25,142. The Galaxy’s away crowds have averaged 27,094, which is nearly 11,000 higher than this season’s leaguewide attendance average. … Read the full story here

DC 4 – 1 LA
Unfortunately DC won Sunday’s battle in the blazing heat by 4 to 1. Galaxy’s young star Buddle scored the only consolation prize for the Galaxy, who looked rather scattered throughout the game. You win some you lose some – never more true in a league as inconsistent as MLS. So chins up, fans! There’s more glory to come.

Highlight video here.

Of the game, Becks said:
“I’m disappointed with the way it went in the second half,” … “We lost our way. We kept giving the ball away, and we didn’t play well. It was hot out there, but it was more than that today”

Excerpts from a post-game review:

Ruud Gullit has never been known for his teams’ defensive prowess and that has certainly been the case so far for LA Galaxy, who shot to the top of the Western Conference on the back of the attacking flair of the likes of David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, but their record of goals conceded is pretty diabolical. That situation was even more evident on Sunday lunchtime in Washington DC, where the Galaxy were thrashed 4-1 by DC United.

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“It was hot out there but that affects both teams, although after all, they train in it week in and week out. Though, it wasn’t just that today,” said Beckham afterwards. “Of course, like I said it was hot but we didn’t play a good game — we didn’t play well enough. We didn’t challenge hard enough and the best team won on the day. I can obviously blame the humidity, obviously it was hot out there, like I said, but it was more than that today.”

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Goldenballs came in for some stick from the home fans, but admitted that he’s more than used to it by now: “I’ve had a lot worse, but you know that’s part of the game,” he said. “It’s part of the atmosphere, part of soccer. You know, it’s the same all around the world. When you play away from home the fans are less friendly all the time, that’s the way it is. You know you accept that and you get on with it. If you win the game you enjoy it. You know, it’s great that the people and the fans turn out, because it’s great for the game, it’s great for the MLS, and it’s good to play in that kind of atmosphere. So, yeah, it was nice to obviously see the amount of fans that turned out today, but I wish the result had been better for us.”

Read the full article here

Check out this video of Becks signing autographs for fans at Dulles airport.

MacBecks
In random news…

A comedy musical titled MacBecks, based on the life of football star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, is to be staged in Dublin, with the promoters hoping for a subsequent UK transfer.

The show follows the formula of I Keano, the spoof musical about Roy Keane’s walkout from the Irish World Cup squad, which had several sell-out runs at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, toured provincial venues and also transferred to Salford. Two of the I Keano cast, Gary Cooke and Malachy McKenna, have scripted the new show and Long Road Productions, a company that has worked with Riverdance, will be involved in the staging.

“We’re very excited by the script – it’s a wild comedy romp that borrows from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, as well as Cyrano de Bergerac,” says Long Road Productions director Ronan Smith.

Posh is portrayed as an overly ambitious Lady Macbeth, for whom husband David sacrifices his career, and the list of characters includes Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and Beckham’s former PA, Rebecca Loos. more here

Becks Presents at the ESPYs
David will be a presenter at the ESPY awards coming up:

The ESPYs, hosted by Justin Timberlake, and featuring presenters Lance Armstrong, Jason Bateman, David Beckham, Kristen Bell and David Ortiz [stats], are broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in La-La at 9 p.m. July 20. Go to www.espys.tv

New Book
Sagnad points this out:
A book about David Beckham’s loan spell at Preston North End in the mid-1990s is to go on sale next month.

Beckham – In At The Deep End has been written by local sports writer Andrew Atkinson and features exclusive interviews with former North End team mates as well as never-before-seen pictures of his time at the club. Find out more about it here.

Thanks Sagnad!

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