And this all improbably occurred as the Galaxy fell two goals behind in the opening 25 minutes. Staff Writer Chris Trevino has the game story.
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Fantastic and a joy to watch. Glad I braved the LA traffic to be there https://t.co/soyyiYGK4s
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Steven Gerrard is making a great first impression on teammates, fans and staff.
The 35-year-old Englishman will naturally draw lots of comparisons with David Beckham, the Galaxy’s first Designated Player who helped the club win two MLS Cup titles and is also from England. So, it’s no surprise that some at StubHub Center on Saturday were comparing Gerrard to Beckham, even pointing out that Gerrard “is more approachable” than Beckham. They are not the only ones who feel this way, the paparazzi would agree.
That is not to say Beckham was not approachable, or nice. It probably means people were more in awestruck or intimidated by his star-power more than anything else. After all, Beckham was an almost mythological figure who everyone had heard or read about. It could also mean that the club learned from its mistakes with Beckham.
For his part, Gerrard is doing his best to fit in and is getting along great with his new teammates and fans. The Liverpool legend began training with Robbie Keane, Juninho and Co. last week. He also endeared himself to his new fan base by buying them beer, or as he wrote, “4th of July refreshments.”
“I’ve been looking forward to him coming – he’s been here the last 10 days or so. He’s been absolutely brilliant with the players and he’s a great lad on and off the field,” Keane told SkySports. “We’re excited to have him here and he’s going to be a huge addition to this squad. Stevie has that hunger and desire to always do well … he wants to come here and win things.”
Club president Chris Klein, who played with Beckham, also provided an upbeat report of Gerrard’s first week with the Galaxy to this publication.
“It’s been good to get him in (training) and have a little run up until we actually start and until he actually plays,” he said. It allowed him to “get comfortable with our coaches, the different players and he got to meet everyone.”
And just as important, everyone got to meet him.
Bleacher Report’s Media Lab commissioned 10 artists from around the world to create the original, interactive artworks in a digital gallery that commemorate David Beckham’s legacy on and off the field.
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Former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham may be retired from the soccer field, but he’s still modeling what H&M refers to as “bodyware” in a new spot that will air Sunday during the Super Bowl.
Fans are being asked to vote on what version of the stunt-laden ad (and, yes, I’m told that no body doubles were used) will air. Voting began today here and ends at at midnight Saturday.
A few quick links as the MLS playoffs begin tonight:
- MLS has unveiled the complete playoff schedule.
- Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid and the Sounders ownership group are downplaying the pressure their coach is under as Seattle meets the Colorado Rapids tonight.
- David Beckham is inching closer to an MLS franchise in Miami.
- Surprise, surprise Real Salt Lake is focusing on stopping Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane Sunday in Carson.
Today’s not unexpected news that former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will retire at the end of the European season, elicited these responses today from the Galaxy:
“The LA Galaxy would like to congratulate David Beckham on the completion of his 20-year career in the sport of soccer,” Galaxy President Chris Klein said. “His six seasons with the Galaxy saw the club reach unprecedented heights, highlighted by our back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2011 and 2012. David was a tremendous ambassador for our club and our league and it was an incredible honor in having him wear the Galaxy colors. We join the world in celebrating all of his achievements in the sport and look forward to continuing his relationship with our club.”
“Today is a day to celebrate David Beckham and the completion of his fabulous career,” said coach Bruce Arena. “In addition to being such a great player, David is also a great personality, a great teammate, a great friend and family man. He is a person that you cannot replace, on the field or off and our club is in a better position for having him play for us in the six years that he did.”
Check out highlights of his Galaxy career on YouTube here.
Much locally has been written about the sudden departure of AEG’s Tim Leiweke, but nothing substantive in the media from a soccer perspective until today’s column.
Love or revile Leiweke — and there’s little middle ground — there’s no doubt the hard-charging former Galaxy executive has made an indeliable mark on the local soccer landscape.
While we’re at it, here’s a fan perspective.
*David Beckham’s first game since leaving the Galaxy was an eventful one this weekend.
*Chivas USA closed out their preseason Saturday with an emphatic win over the LA Blues. Watch here.
*Did you see Lawndale’s Kei Kamara score his first EPL goal Saturday? Watch here.
*And if you missed how the Galaxy concluded their pre-season Friday in Santa Barbara, watch the highlights here.
MLS starts Saturday. I’ll have more in Tuesday’s column.