World Cup Semifinals Begin Wednesday
Germany play Norway at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday on ESPN2 in the first of the semifinals, while the U.S. faces Brazil Thursday morning. We’ll have a complete pregame analysis from Ajax America Women Coach Brian Boswell up Wednesday. But for now, here’s the story that ran in the Daily Breeze today.
K.C. Compensates Fans For Beckham No Show
The Kansas City Wizards belatedly discovered today (I kid you not) that David Beckham won’t play Thursday (are they still using pony express there?) in the game on ESPN2. Still, the club announced a slew of special offers for fans to make up for his absence (are you paying attention, Galaxy?):
Parking is free.
Buy one playoff ticket, get one free playoff ticket for the first home playoff game (for fans with) the ticket stub from the Wizards versus Galaxy game
A drawing for three kids to have a Wizards starting player (as chosen by the Wizards staff) visit their school.
The Wizards have already arranged for numerous attractions surrounding the match, including an expanded soccer celebration east of the stadium (which includes 40 booths), NASCAR driver David Ragan signing autographs before the game, a performance by the band Liverpool: A Tribute to the Beatles, a special pre-game tribute to Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones and much more. The first 10,000 fans into the stadium will receive blue and white thundersticks courtesy of game-sponsor M&I Bank, and the game ball will be delivered to mid-field by jet pack. After the game there will be a fireworks show and then Wizards players signing autographs.
By comparison, Galaxy season ticket holders got a “hey, we won’t jack up the prices for next season if you renew by such and such a date.”
Beck’s on Best World XI List
The MLS Players Union was bursting with pride today that it had a player – David Beckham – included among the 55 finalists for the third annual World Best XI Player Awards. Too bad the press release from FIFPro, which represents 45,000 professional players worldwide, noted that Beckham plays for Real Madrid.
Here are the nominees, as voted on by players, with the winners announced in October:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/ Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain/ Real Madrid), Petr Cech (Czech Republic/ Chelsea), Nelson de Jesus Silva Dida (Brazil/ AC Milan), Edwin van der Sar (Holland/ Manchester United)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (France/ Olympique Lyon), Daniel Alves (Brazil/ Sevilla), Roberto Ayala (Argentina/ Valencia), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy/ Real Madrid), Roberto Carlos da Silva (Brazil/ Real Madrid), Jamie Carragher (England/ Liverpool), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal/ Chelsea), Cristian Chivu (Romania/ AS Roma), Ashley Cole (England/ Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (England/ Manchester United), Philipp Lahm (Germany/ Bayern Munich), Ferreira Lucio (Brazil/Bayern Munich), Paolo Maldini (Italy/ AC Milan), Marco Materazzi (Italy/ Inter), Alessandro Nesta (Italy/ AC Milan), Carles Puyol (Spain/ Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/ Real Madrid), John Terry (England/ Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia/ Manchester United), Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy/ Juventus).
Midfielders: David Beckham (England/ Real Madrid), Anderson Deco (Portugal/ Barcelona), Mickael Essien (Ghana/ Chelsea), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy/ AC Milan), Steven Gerrard (England/ Liverpool), Andres Iniesta (Spain/ Barcelona), Ricardo Kaka (Brazil/ AC Milan), Frank Lampard (England/ Chelsea), Claude Makelele (France/ Chelsea), Andrea Pirlo (Italy/ AC Milan), Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina/ Villareal/Boca Juniors), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/ Manchester United), Paul Scholes (England/ Manchester United), Clarence Seedorf (Holland/ AC Milan), Xavi (Spain/ Barcelona).
Forwards: Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria/ Tottenham Hotspur), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/ Chelsea), Samuel Etoo (Cameroon/ Barcelona), Thierry Henry (France/ Arsenal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/ Inter), Filippo Inzaghi (Italy/ AC Milan), Lionel Messi (Argentina/ Barcelona), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Holland/ Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Brazil/ Barcelona), Ronaldo (Brazil/ Real Madrid/ AC Milan), Wayne Rooney (England/ Manchester United), Carlos Tevez (Argentina/ West Ham United), Luca Toni (Italy/ Fiorentina), Francesco Totti (Italy/ AS Roma), David Villa (Spain/ Valencia).
The Under-14 Girls National Developmental Program competed for the first time as a team at the 2007 Womens Nike Friendlies at Home Depot Center last weekend, picking up two wins and a draw against the nations top Under-16 club teams. Haley Rosen of Palos Verdes scored twice.
Freshman Tiburcio Casillas (Gardena/Animo Leadership High) scored twice as the Cal State Dominguez Hills men slammed visiting Cal State San Marcos 6-1 Monday at Toro Stadium.
CSUDH, now 8-2 overall, concludes its six-game homestand at 7 p.m. Saturday against nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific.
The Cal State Dominguez Hills women, meanwhile, beat Cal State San Marcos 3-0 Monday with Melissa Livergood (North Torrance High) and Kristen Boskovich (Peninsula High) combining for the three goals.
The 7-1-3 Toros concludes its six-game homestand 7 p.m. Tuesday against Western Washington.