Friday’s (Late) Daily Beckham


Doncha hate it when actual work gets in the way of blogging?

So I’m (very) late in noting that, as expected, David Beckham earned a recall today to the England squad for the game against Germany next week.

It’s impressive just to go down the list of players on the England squad and their teams and see “David Beckham, LA Galaxy.”

It’s a reminder that a player The Times (of London) recently called the 32nd best player in the world is now playing in MLS.

And if Wednesday’s game is any indication, Beckham (when fit) won’t just play. He’ll dominate.

It’s instructive to note that since Juan Pablo Angel joined the Red Bulls he has become the league’s most exciting player. Today the third leading goalscorer in MLS, Angel never really blossomed in England. He was too small, not physical enough.

In MLS though, Angel’s skill comes through.

It will be the same with Beckham. Judging by Wednesday’s sterling performance, where frankly at times he looked like a man playing against boys, Beckham will shine.

His soccer brain, anticipation and touch were so superior to every other player on the field that in a sport where one player usually does not dominate the other 21 on the field, Beckham will become an exception.

“The difference is the game savvy,” said Landon Donovan. “He understands the game on every level. And he knows how to win a game.”

Judge for yourself by checking out Wednesday’s action:

For more on Beckham’s impact on MLS, this is what Galaxy beat writer Billy Witz wrote today.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at Cheers!