Tuesday Kicks: Bored by Beckham & more

i-285808acc2349a2d950fad401565fa99-poshpants.jpgSeattle fans aren’t the only ones tired of David Beckham (AP Photo).

*Press box colleague Joseph D’Hippolito talks to members of Galaxy supporters groups about the Galaxy midfielder in this piece for The New York Times here. Not much of a surprise. What would more casual fans of the Galaxy say, I wonder?

*Speaking of karma, take that former Galaxy coach (I use the term loosely) Ruud Gullit. Loser here, loser there. And the quote in the story sounded familiar, too, to those of us who covered the Galaxy during the Dutchman’s ill-fated tenure.

*Among the items up for bid as MLS seeks to raise money for Japanese earthquake relief is a ball autographed by the 2010 Chivas USA squad. Bid here.

*Good riddance FIFA President Sepp Blatter?

PARIS (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says his next term will be his last if he is re-elected in June.

The 75-year-old Blatter is seeking a fourth term, running against Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam. Blatter has led soccer’s governing body since 1998 and faces his first challenge since 2002 by Issa Hayatou.

“Those will be the last four years I aspire to,” Blatter said Tuesday at the UEFA Congress at the Grand Palais.

Of course, that depends on whether Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl doesn’t oust Blatter in his previously announced tongue in cheek campaign for the FIFA presidency.

*The Cal State Northridge men’s soccer program will host a free youth clinic at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Matador Soccer Field following a free 11 a.m. exhibition game with Loyola Marymount University. Full details here.

*Lastly, President Obama wisely engaged in a little soccer diplomacy while in Brazil. He needs to work on that first touch, though:

Related: The U.S. Export-Import Bank, the U.S. government’s lending agency, has announced it will establish a $1 billion line of credit for infrastructure work in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

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