Tuesday’s column: Is MLS too friendly?

i-392f8adb9311c48a5256b8dd8bea8fd9-celticfans.jpgThe sight of Glasgow Celtic fans clapping Sunday in Seattle: should we continue to applaud the rash of money-spinning friendlies MLS clubs are increasingly addicted to it seems? (AP Photo).

This is the sort of column that results when the brain wanders during a mind-numbing international friendly on a weekend afternoon. Read it here.

Bonus criticism:

This witty blog post pretty much sums up the way a lot of Galaxy fans feel about Beckham. Unfortunately, the writer wasn’t coming from that perspective. Still, the points are valid. And I loved the part about Beckham looking “a bit like a sprightly Victorian cartoon badger who works at the Bank of England.” Read it here.

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Still against the international friendlies. Pointless injuries. Americans embarrassing themselves by wearing the shirts of foreign teams.

    I know, I know, they make money for the clubs. So do commercials on my TV, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them.

    Thanks for the link to the anti-Beckham column, Nick. Clever stuff in a very English way, and a lot of fun to read.

    Still, I can’t help but wonder why all the venom against Beckham out there. He’s just a guy who loves soccer and works hard to make a good living out of it. So what? Pele played for the Cosmos long after his skills had waned, and he has never really retired from the soccer world. He even cashed in by making a movie with Sylvester Stallone. Outside of Argentina I don’t see the same kind of hating on him. If you don’t like a guy, pay attention to somebody else.

  • kingsnake

    Inigo: If you support a team, you support, whether it is foreign or domestic. Nothing wrong with that.

    Nick: My main problem with the friendlies is that MLS supporters put waaaaaaaay too much stock in the results. trumpeting a victory as signs of (dubious) equality, when the Euro squads are, as you point out, unfit, disinterested, and quite possibly hung over as well.

  • Joe D’Hippopotamus

    How quickly the herd forgets that an inspired Beckham led LA to a title match last season and how Team England missed him in the World Cup.

  • kingsnake

    No herd about it. I’ve been calling him a carpet bagger and attention whore since he signed. Because he is. And England would have been better off without his attention seeking foray onto the World Cup bench.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, the problem is that the foreign clubs — especially ones like Man. U., Real Madrid and Barcelona — need these friendlies more than the MLS teams to pay off mountainous debt by attracting their fans in the states and increase their “branding” (God, how I hate that word!). Besides, as long as AEG (meaning Tim Leiweke, AEG’s official Addict To The Stars) operates the Galaxy, you’ll see these games.