Friday Football: Galaxy’s Beckham rules out move back to EPL & more

*David Beckham’s affection for Manchester United won’t allow him to play for Tottenham Hotspur or any other EPL team once his MLS contract ends.

*Chivas USA fans are still waiting for the club to make any sort of movement in the transfer market, but Saturday night’s opponent in Carson, the Houston Dynamo, have been busy and could showcase a new face at Home Depot Center. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (live on FSN)

*Speaking of Chivas USA, former coach Martin Vasquez has resurfaced with Real Salt Lake (so-to-speak).

*Will Brazil be ready for the 2014 World Cup? Yes, insists the government:

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s sports minister says the construction and renovation work on the 12 stadiums scheduled to host matches at the World Cup will be concluded by late
2013.

Orlando Silva said Thursday in a conference call that 10 of the stadiums will host matches for the 2013 Confederations Cup, a test event for soccer’s showcase tournament.

Silva says Brazil will invest $14 billion in airports, urban transportation, ports and stadiums for the World Cup.

*Los Angeles native and former Galaxy striker Herculez Gomez makes his Tecos debut at Toluca as the new Mexican league season kicks off tonight at 6 o’clock on Galavision.

*In other games of note this weekend:

Manchester United plays the Chicago Fire at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 fresh from putting seven goals past the Seattle Sounders in a game that will be played in wilting heat:

“We’ve come from the nice, cool atmosphere in Seattle to a furnace,” United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the Associated Press today. “I think I’ll just stay in the hotel.”

Dallas is at New York at 3 p.m. Saturday on Galavision

Everton takes on D.C. United at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Soccer Channel

At noon Sunday Monarcas visits Tijuana as the Xolos make their top division debut on KAZA.

At 1 p.m. Sunday Manchester City plays the Galaxy at Home Depot Center on ESPN.

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  • studs down

    Beckham should get his green card and stay in LA long enough to set the record for being the oldest field player ever in professional sports.

  • http://www.prestonm.com/brewcity/ohio.php kingsnake

    Why? He barely stays in LA long enough to play a single match before jetting off yet another in a long line of self-centered ventures …

  • studs down

    24,000 on a Wednesday night vs. the Crew is hard to argue against even in jest.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    So why did Beckham bother training w/Tottenham in the first place? Why did he encourage (through his silence) the speculation of a possible loan?

    His statements are ridiculous. First, Beckham says he won’t play for any other EPL team than Man. U. Then he trains w/Tottenham and nearly plays for Spurs. Then he says that he would like to play for Jose Mourinho, and that he would have stayed in Madrid if Florentino Perez did not leave as chairman in 2005. Now he says he won’t play for any other EPL team except Man. U. once his contract ends.

    This is nothing but self-marketing masquerading as diplomacy.

  • studs down

    he is a conflicted soul, have some sympathy.

  • http://www.phoenixcsc.com kingsnake

    His only conflict is which is more important, Me or I?

    Just another in a long line of self-centered foreign imports, many of whom seem to have played for the Galaxy. (Hernandez, et al.)

  • studs down

    welcome to Hollywood!

  • http://www.soccerskillsandstats.blogspot.com Anonymous

    I wish Beckham would stay with LA. He is such a great addition to that team. He and Donovan worked well together.

  • kingsnake

    Sure, Posh, whatever you say.

  • UCLABZ

    “Beckham should get his green card and stay in LA long enough to set the record for being the oldest field player ever in professional sports.”

    We have a lot more of Beckham to see if he plans on beating Gordie Howe who played one game for a minor league team at age 70 more than 50 years after he made his NHL debut in 1946. I will say Gordie’s “promotional face-off” for a minor league club is awful reminiscent of the way Beckham plays for the Galaxy.