Watch: Preview David Beckham’s Super Bowl Spot

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.

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LA Galaxy get Brazilian forward Samuel on loan from Fluminense

The Galaxy have finally responded to frustrated fans’ pleas for new signings adding 22-year-old Brazilian attacker Samuel from Fluminense, scorer of 15 goals in 72 games for the club over the last two years.

The player will add another offensive option for the Galaxy, which struggled to unlock opposing back lines last season with the inventiveness seen in previous years.

Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:

Samuel debuted for Fluminense during the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A season, scoring five goals in 23 league appearances for the club, which won their fourth championship in club history that year. He also made five appearances in the 2012 Campeonato Carioca, which is the regional championship for the state of Rio de Janeiro, helping lead the club to that title as well. Last season, the 22-year-old had nine goals in 45 appearances in all competitions, scoring four times in Serie A play, four times in the Campeonato Carioca and once in the Copa do Brazil. He started in 12 of his 24 league appearances for Fluminense while also appearing in eight games during that year’s Copa Libertadores, helping his team reach the quarterfinals of South America’s premier continental club competition.

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Carson USMNT Roster Revealed: Does Uncapped Former Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee stand a chance of making the U.S. World Cup Squad?

Conventional wisdom suggests that’s a real long shot, but 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee — scorer of 21 goals last season — has made a habit of doing the unlikely:

“I have a chance,” said Magee in this interview. “I’m motivated to leave a footprint on this team.”

Of course, given that Jurgen Klinsmann has been watching the likes of the unproductive like’s of Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore in England this season — although he is admittedly on one of the offensively weakest teams in the EPL — maybe he is searching for suitable replacements.

Meanwhile, here’s the complete roster with the usual suspects on board including Galaxy players Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan.

U.S. Soccer has more facts and figures breaking down the squad here, including the fact 15,000 tickets have been sold for the opening U.S. game of 2014 in Carson.

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ESPN to Air First World Cup Commercial during Rose Bowl

With 162 days to go until the World Cup in Brazil, ESPN will debut a 60-second clip, edited down from the 90-second version above, Wednesday during the 100th Rose Bowl game.
Wondering about the origin of some of the clips you see in the video?
Here’s a rundown, according to an ESPN press release issued today:

  • Pele and his triumphant celebration in 1970
  • Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Dutch captain Johan Cruyff exchanging flags moments before the 1974 Final
  • Diego Maradona and his brilliant performance for Argentina in 1986
  • Zinedine Zidane, whose epic performance for France led the host country to win the Cup in 1998
  • Andres Iniesta, whose beautiful strike sealed Spain’s first World Cup title in 2010
  • Cameroonian striker Roger Milla’s famous dance in 1990
  • Dutch legend Johan Cruyff’s immortal turn in 1974
  • England striker Geoff Hurst’s record-setting three-goal performance in a World Cup title match in 1966
  • Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp’s memorable touch against Argentina in 1998
  • Carlos Alberto’s wonder-strike for Brazil in 1970
  • Paolo Rossi hoisting the cup for Italy in 1982
  • And Landon Donovan’s celebration after his last-gasp winner against Algeria earned the U.S. Men’s National Team a place in the single-elimination rounds in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
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Monday Kicks: Galaxy’s Villarreal goes on loan to Cruz Azul & more

*The Galaxy announced today that Inglewood’s Jose Villarreal has gone on loan to Mexico’s Cruz Azul for the 2014 MLS season. The Mexican club will have the option to buy the promising striker.

The 20-year-old made 31 appearances for the Galaxy last year, scoring four goals, but was generally outshone by fellow young forward Gyasi Zardes.

“Sending Jose Villarreal to Cruz Azul provides one of our Homegrown players an opportunity to gain additional experience,” said LA Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena. “We’ll monitor Jose’s play with Cruz Azul and wish him well while in Mexico.”

Incidentally, Villarreal will be a teammate of San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca (LMU) and midfielder Michael Farfan at Cruz Azul. The Philadelphia Union announced today that the latter midfielder was bought by the club.

*Also, the Columbus Crew signed 29-year-old midfielder Daniel Paladini from Chicago. The Van Nuys native also played for Chivas USA in 2008, the now-defufunct San Fernando Valley Quakes in 2007 and began his career with the Galaxy in 2006.

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Is MLS Expansion Club New York City FC Making the same Marketing Mistake as Chivas USA?

It’s a question worth asking on a day when Orlando became the 21st MLS franchise and will start play the same season as New York’s Manchester City offshoot.

Somehow I doubt that fans of Manchester United, one of the world’s best supported teams, will embrace the club over Red Bull New York.

Sound familiar Chivas USA/CD Guadalajara fans?

What do you think?

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MLS Western Conference Semifinal Previews — Galaxy-RSL, Seattle-Portland

Now that the Eastern Conference semifinals few MLS fans could actually see because of a dearth of TV coverage are over — Houston downed New York, while Sporting Kansas City outlasted the New England Revolution Wednesday in a pair of games that went to overtime — it’s on to a televised doubleheader tonight of the corresponding games in the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake-Galaxy are up first at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, while the Timbers-Sounders game follows at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.

For more, check out Tuesday’s column.

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