David Beckham apparently occupied this pose for much of AC Milan’s 3-2 win over Udinese today, coming on as a late sub. And he didn’t perform well at all in front of old boss Alex Ferguson, by all accounts (AP Photo).
Game story here.
In other soccer news today:
*The Galaxy beat UCLA 4-0 in its first preseason scrimmage today. The club also announced today they will leave next Friday for a 10-day camp in Tempe, Ariz., where they will play four scrimmages against other MLS clubs.
*With the Kansas City Wizards saying they have no plans to bring out-of-contract goalkeeper Kevin Hartman into camp, the former Galaxy goalkeeper has instead arrived at the USMNT camp in Carson. Why? Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton is out with an injury for now. No word on its severity just yet.
*UCLA announced today it has landed the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit Jenna Richmond of Centreville, Va., a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team. Also among the seven future Bruins signing national letters of intent on Friday: U.S. Under-18 standouts Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada High) and Ariana Martinez (Moorpark High).
*Click the link at top right for a full listing of games this weekend, My picks? A pair of FA Cup games Sunday on Fox Soccer Channel – Bolton Wanderers-Tottenham Hotspur at 5:30 a.m., immediately followed by Crystal Palace-Aston Villa.
*Finally, is a major rule change in soccer afoot?
LONDON (AP) — Soccer’s lawmaking body will reconsider whether players who concede penalties should also be sent off.
The current triple-punishment means a player who denies the opposing team a goal-scoring opportunity is red-carded, handed a suspension and the opposition is awarded a penalty kick.
FIFA has put the issue on the agenda for the annual International Football Association Board meeting, which takes place in Zurich next month. England’s outgoing refereeing chief Keith Hackett recently urged IFAB members to change the rule.
“Why are you sending a player off when you have already reinstated that goal-scoring
opportunity as a penalty kick?” Hackett said in an interview with The Associated Press. “If you take the logic of that, the penalty kick is actually reinstating the opportunity. Just
award the penalty kick if it is inside the penalty area and caution the player.”
IFAB — the custodians of the laws of soccer — is made up of the four United Kingdom soccer associations and FIFA, which holds the other four votes. Motions must be passed by at least six votes.
Also on the agenda, the Scottish Football Association has proposed allowing players to be treated on the pitch for injuries inflicted by an opponent to prevent giving teams a numerical advantage.
The meeting will also hear updates on the Europa League’s trial of using an extra official
behind each goal and developments in goal-line technology.