Monday Morning Buzz: Becks, Edu & Sol

With a busy week of World Cup qualifying ahead, I have a column to write for Tuesday summing up the competition so far and looking ahead to next year’s tournament.

With that in mind, I’ll keep things brief here, but wanted to note that:

*Fontana’s Maurice Edu will not travel with the U.S. to Costa Rica for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier while the knee injury he suffered in Rangers’ final league game May 24 against Dundee is evaluated more. Initial reports of the severity of the injury do not sound good.

*David Beckham is done in Italy – for now, – but Galaxy fans should not expect to see much of him.

*The Sol plan to Webcast their rare Wednesday night game at Home Depot Center against the Chicage Red Stars. Calling the club’s first-ever Webcast is Sol Director of Media Relations Nick Ammazzalorso, who has previously been behind the mike as the play-by-play voice for the University of Maryland’s men’s and women’s teams and the Buffalo Blizzard of the indoor National Professional Soccer League

The color commentator will be Aaron Heifetz, press officer for the U.S. Women’s National Team and one of the most knowledgeable observers of the women’s game around. Listen here beginning at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • Dan

    The Beckham quote from your distinguished competition at the Times:

    “‘I always said that I would be going back to finish the season with the Galaxy,” Beckham said. “I never expected to stay for six months. When I first made the decision, it was always for three months. But then obviously being given the chance to play until the end of the season was good.'”

    That lying sack of….

    “I know it will be difficult to go back after everything that’s happened,” he said after Sunday’s Milan derby defeat. ….The England midfielder added: “I’ve said I want to stay at Milan and I haven’t changed my mind, but it’s out of my hands.”

    Ive expressed my desire to stay with Milan, Beckham said. The matter is out of my hands but I hope I can stay. Ive made it clear now that it is my intention to stay with the club, so well have to wait and see.


    I want to stay because this is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Playing for Milan has been an incredible experience for me better than I thought it would be. Ive been welcomed into the team incredibly well, Ive been made to feel at home, and it has made me want to stay. Confidence-wise and physical-wise, this has been one of the best things to happen to me. ….

    I dont know how Galaxy will react, Beckham said. But I respect Galaxy and Tim Leiweke he has done a lot for me since I moved over there. But I have expressed my desire to stay with Milan and I hope the clubs can reach an agreement. I expected to enjoy it at Milan but I never expected to enjoy it as much as I have. For one thing, I hardly expected to play in every game, as I have, so Im really enjoying it.

    I havent spoken to the Galaxy yet, but someone has from my side, and it is literally down to them to hopefully come to an agreement. I hope they can do a deal. Ive done everything that I can.

    It is important for me to be involved in 2010 but my main objective now is to stay at Milan and play at the highest level, Beckham said.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    I respect Galaxy and Tim Leiweke he has done a lot for me since I moved over there.

    Tim Leiweke doesn’t do anything for anybody unless he expects a BIG return on his “investment.” What, does anybody seriously think that he and Anschutz are fundamentally charitable people?

    Remember Leiweke’s comments about being screwed under personally when this whole soap opera started going down at the beginning of the year.

    Remember, also, that he and Anschutz are the kind of “men” who would bring down the credibility of an entire newspaper (Los Angeles Times) for the sake of “advertorial” touting their brand-new (at the time) Staples Center.

    The question, now, is whether Leiweke has received that return. Sure, the Galaxy has made beaucoup bucks off jersey sales alone, as well as sponsorships, and has been able to schedule friendlies against AC Milan and FC Barcelona as a result. But his credibility among the fan base is less than nil. His team’s credibility has declined further thanks to his shenanigans. Bruce Arena has a HUGE job in front of him.