Brand Beckham’s latest public relations move, er, club move sees him head to petro-dollar backed Paris Saint Germain where he will play for free through June in hopes of clinching a multimillion dolllar ambassador role for the World Cup in Qatar (well, that’s my guess).
Here’s the reaction of Lawndale’s Kei Kamara to joining EPL club Norwich City.
Kei’s House: Carrow Road, home of EPL club Norwich City and now Lawndale’s Kei Kamara (and yes, that’sme on the right being given a personal tour of the stadium by a very kind Norwich City employee back in 2006).
Lawndale’s Kei Kamara has completed his journey from refugee in war-torn Sierra Leone, which forced him to flee to Lawndale, to the EPL with Norwich City (full disclosure: I grew up in Norwich and continue to support my hometown team) completing a move from Sporting Kansas City first publicly broached last week:
This is Surreal. I said it at draft day and saying it again Dreams do come True. Allah is Great. #heartshapedhands
*The Galaxy announced Monday that former player Chris Klein will head up the Galaxy’s front office as club president, which may be a different title, but is essentially the same job as the one the fired Tom Payne used to hold.
*FC Santa Clarita storm provides the opposition for Chivas USA’s second preseason scrimmage set for 11 a.m. on field 6 at Home Depot Center. Fans are welcome to attend.
*Seven organizations in Southern California have received more than $130,000 in U.S. Soccer Foundation grants including the cities of Manhattan Beach, El Monte and the El Rancho Unified School District.
Lawndale’s Kei Kamara could be on his way to England (AP Photo).
EPL club Norwich City have admitted interest in Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara, who emigrated from Africa to the South Bay and played at Cal State Dominguez Hills before turning pro. Full disclosure: I’m hopelessly biased as a Norwich fan, but seeing him partner Grant Holt up front would no doubt give the goal shy City attack much more substance.
Here’s an update from the U.S. Men’s National Team in Carson where coach Jurgen Klinsmann is talking beer and um, balls, in revealing it was his choice — not Landon Donovan’s — to keep the Galaxy playmaker out of the U.S. camp while he mulls his future.
Speaking Frankly: Is Chelsea’s Frank Lampard on the way to the Galaxy? (AP Photo).
Just hours after Galaxy coach Bruce Arena took the unusual step of publicly acknowledging interest in unwanted Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, media reports have suggested the deal is all but done and could be announced shortly.
Arena rarely makes such a statement about an unsigned player, which lends credence to the theory the Galaxy have pretty much wrapped up the deal.
It’s somewhat surprising given that Lampard appears to have more left in the tank than David Beckham did when he arrived and the likes of Manchester United were supposedly also chasing him. Wouldn’t Lampard relish playing for Sir Alex and have the chance of sticking it to his former club, perhaps in the form of bringing another EPL title to Old Trafford?
Mind you given the snow in England today and the mid-70s temperatures in sunny Southern California, what Englishman wouldn’t want the opportunity to dump gray old England for warmer climes?
Perhaps we will find out more when the Galaxy open training camp at 10 a.m. Monday.
“We are delighted to be able to add Carlo Cudicini to our roster,” Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said. “Carlo is an experienced and accomplished goalkeeper who we believe will be a great addition to our team and our defensive unit.”
Slightly curious move for a club habitually close to the salary cap, but you got the feeling the club can’t fully rely upon Josh Saunders (perhaps for more than one reason).
Cudicini hasn’t played a league game for Spurs in over a year and has played sparingly in recent years. Could he handle a full MLS season?
Notable: The two-time EPL champion with Chelsea was the club’s 2002 Player of the Year
Let’s hope the Galaxy have written into his contract that motorcycle riding is banned; he missed most of the 2009-2010 season after falling off his bike.