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Suave former Galaxy star David Beckham has landed on the cover of the latest GQ magazine, which hits Los Angeles newsstands on Tuesday.
“I miss soccer everyday,” Beckham said. “I don’t know whether it’s the athlete in me, or the passion I have for the game: I always think that I can step back on the field and play.
“You know, maybe I could play another year in the U.S,” he dded. “If I was still living in L.A., I’d probably really seriously think about coming back for a year. But we’re living in London, and the kids are happy in the school.”
Oldies, but goodies: Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said the signings of veterans like Ashley Cole and Jelle Van Damme should help, not hinder, the development of young American players at the club (Photo courtesy LA Galaxy).
John McDermott, head of coaching and player development at EPL club Tottenham Hotspur since 2005, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday on “Teaching in an Elite Soccer Environment” at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. 6th St., Claremont.
The event is free and open to the public.
Here’s more on McDermott via the Pomona College press release:
McDermott has worked with players of all ages and at all levels since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1989. He began his career at Leeds United’s Football in 1991 before becoming Watford’s first football and community development officer and, later, its youth development officer and academy manager. As national coach of the Football Association, he worked with young players, from 16 to 21 years old, on international teams. In 2015, the FA presented McDermott with the Outstanding Contribution to Youth Development Award.
Under his leadership, the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Academy has earned a strong reputation for developing home-grown Premier League professional footballers and equipping many other graduates to play in both the English and European football leagues. The Daily Mirror newspaper said he has “played a massive role in development” and is “hugely respected with in the game,” while The Guardian observed he has “built his reputation as a shrewd judge” of upcoming players.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena Tuesday criticized a lack of a “policy” for adding stoppage time to MLS games in the wake of last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Colorado that saw the Rapids’ winner come deep into the five added minutes at the end of the second half.
“The game going five extra minutes was a glaring mistake by the referee and assistant referee,” he said Tuesday after Galaxy practice. “They don’t have a (stoppage time) policy, so there’s no consistency with that. What’s going to be required is they establish a policy so everyone is aware of what it is.
“I thought it was going to be two extra minutes, possibly three, then it got to five — it was way off,” he added. “Minutes at the end of the game can not be a freelance thing. There has to be an established criteria how you do that.”
Arena criticized the fourth official in particular for not paying enough attention to the game and being more concerned with players standing in the technical area than watching the clock.
But, he conceded, the Galaxy had to take a measure of blame for the road loss at altitude that came in just the second game of the season when conditioning remains an issue.
“We weren’t good, they weren’t good, it wasn’t a good game,” Arena said. “No one deserved to win that game to be honest with you. … We’ve got to take responsibility for conceding the goal and responsibility for how we played — we didn’t play well.”
There haven’t been too many well-known professional soccer players from the San Fernando Valley, but that changed last weekend when rookie Galaxy defender Daniel Steres scored the equalizing goal against D.C. United that sparked LA to a come-from-behind 4-1 win in their MLS opener in Carson.
That stunning display meant veteran valley Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the longest-serving member of the Assembly, was quick to present Steres with a certificate of recognition in honor of his achievement.
“Daniel is a proud San Fernando Valley native and his success is a phenomenal example to aspiring athletes in Southern California,” said Gatto. “I look forward to seeing his continued success both on and off the field.”