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RBNY 1-3 LA: Becks in The Big Apple, Big Show for MLS


A busy period here at MLS Talk thanks to the USMNT and CONCACAF Gold Cup hits a new level tonight with the return of the world’s most famous athlete to the New York Metropolitan Area. Tonight and tomorrow we’ll have full coverage on the site including during and immediately after the match. Additionally, tomorrow we will be interviewing Ventura County Fusion Head Coach Graham Smith for the next EPL Talk and MLS Talk podcasts. Smith recently recommended Anton Peterlin, a midfielder for the Fusion to David Moyes at Everton and as our readers are well aware, Peterlin signed with the Liverpool based Premier League club. Also we’ll preview Ventura Country’s Tuesday friendly with newly promoted EPL side Burnley.

Tomorrow, we also aim to have the most complete preview of the Panamanian National Team by a US based source on our site. Panama is a national team I’ve kept a close eye on for the last several years since they have been seen as an emerging CONCACAF power in a traditional Baseball playing nation. The fact that they hired Gary Stempel, an English coach last year has had me even more interested in tracking their development.

MLS is often guilty of over hyping its teams, players and specific matchups. But if anything, this matchup with worldwide media coverage was tastefully undersold by the league. Don Garber and Mak Abbott are the big winners tonight, even bigger winners than the Galaxy, perhaps.

David Beckham is on a team that very well could compete for the MLS Cup title this year with a remarkably assembled cast of players with international experience managed by the best coach in league and USA history. Sure the Red Bulls are a weak outfit, but tonight was notice of intent: my sense that Arena’s hiring would turn the Galaxy around was correct and now Beckham who hates to lose will demonstrate greater interest in perhaps adding to his already full trophy case with something from this part of the world.

If this scenario plays out with LA making the playoffs and advancing let’s say to the Western Conference semifinals, MLS will stay more relevant in the domestic sporting press and international football media coming into a world cup year. Perhaps the final chapter of the Beckham experiment is yet to be written.

Look for a post match report tomorrow from our Daniel Feuerstein who was in the press box.

(all times Eastern)

10PM: Switch over to the USSF Development Academy finals for U17/U18 on ESPN Classic.

9:57 PM: Stoppage time ends, game over.

9:55 PM: Another PK! But this time Ricketts saves it, thwarting any chance of a comeback at the Meadowlands.

9:50 PM: Angel converts a PK. Hopefully the Red Bulls have shown enough in the second half to tempt some of this monster crowd back to Giants Stadium this year.

9:40 PM: LA slowly winding down this game. I’m working on my post match thoughts.

9:30 PM: Chris Birchall who arguably outplayed Beckham in the 2006 World Cup meeting between Trinidad and England comes in for Becks. Both play on the right side of midfield typically.

9:25PM: More good work from Eddie Lewis.

9:15 PM: New York showing some life here.

9:10 PM: Got my press box report from Daniel F. four times as many reporters as usual. In wonder why?


No, the NY team in 1999 was so bad and so much worse. Chivas in 2005 also was bad. Tampa in 01. i’d say this is the 4th worst ever

8:50 PM ET: Eddie Lewis still has the best left foot ever for an American born player. He’s used it for crosses and free kicks with the US, and a run of play goal here with the Galaxy.

8:45 PM ET: Petke Power rising again! Mike Petke like he was in the pitiful 1999 Metrostars campaign is the linchpin of a defense that collapses around him. but even at his advanced age the New York native is playing well.

8:40 PM ET: I guess ons econd look that too was a turf goal. But nice for Landon anyhow.

LANDON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Skeptics, find me 15 players in Europe who could score that goal and the goal Landon scored in the Confederations Cup. Keep thinking, you won’t find them.

8:35PM: Good midfield play from the Galaxy. Eddie Lewis doing the sort of work on the left side he did for years in a national team shirt.

8:30 PM: Red Bulls showing some quality here sustaining the attack and creating chances.

8:20PM: Daniel F. reporting Beckham booed every time he touches the ball.

8:15 PM: The turf is making this showcase game look, well amateur.

8:10 PM: ESKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TURF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LA 1-0 RBNY…………..TURF 1-0 RBNY

8:05pm: kickoff is upon us. It took :45 seconds for the turf to have an impact

8:00pm: Daily Mail reporter stationed right behind Daniel F. in the press box.

7:55 pm: Attendance projections for tonight? 35,000? 45,000? More?

7:50 pm:  Beckham saying all the right things to FSC. Coming across as professional and caring. His handlers have scripted his interview well.

7:45 PM- Daniel Feuerstein set up at the Meadowlands has sent me a text picture of the Red Bull banner.

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  1. eplnfl

    July 17, 2009 at 7:05 am

    LA, does look great right now. MLS has it’s showcase back right when it needs it.

    Kartik, I agree with most of what you have to say about Superliga. Given everything else should it be held this year. Yet, the Spanish language channels in the US like it to fill their air time. A major point in any discussion. Hey, we are both NCAA BB fans, do we care about the NIT tournament. No, unless DePaul and the U are in it. Should it be up against the NCAA tourney, yes, if ESPN pays for it. Same principal in my eyes.

    I disagree that the Concancaf Champions league is an equivalent. In the abstract it’s larger, but comes down or should come down to Mex/MLS. What is more similar is the ACC-Big 10 bb match up that we see every year. Maybe a format like that or a 20 team knock out tourney, with 10 Mexican and 10 American teams will be of more interest. We all agree that this summer is a rare confluence of the stars so to speak for soccer. Next summer we can use something else to fill our screens. So lets not throw out the baby with the bath water.

    In any event a great time for all of us right now. Can’t wait for Saturday. GO USA.

  2. ERT09

    July 17, 2009 at 12:25 am

    LA looks sick right now. Arena is the iddference. He’s gotten veterans and sealed up a leaky defense by signing Ricketts who he faced in the Jamaica-USA games of yesteryear.

  3. quakesin2kNever

    July 17, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Two sick wondergoals tonight.

    LA’s defense was porous. The only thing that prevented a 3-3 tie or 3-4 loss like the last 2 seasons was Donovan Ricketts. He’s a stud.

  4. kyle

    July 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Man the Red Bulls are absolutely terrible. Kartik do you think that the Red Bulls would struggle in USl?

  5. Joe from Indianapolis

    July 16, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    That goal was good no matter what league you’re in (of course the bouncy turf doesn’t hurt…)

  6. kyle

    July 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Until Donovan proves it in Europe, he is just a big fish in a small pond to me.

  7. SSReporters

    July 16, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Max Bretos drives me up the wall.

    The Red Bulls are the Derby County 07-08 of MLS. This team is beyond woeful.

  8. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    July 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Lou- Superliga didn’t even register last night. I didn’t know it was taking place. They are trying to attract latin audiences yet schedule it at the same time as the Copa Lib final?????????????? How crazy can SUM be? They do alot of smart things but that was plain dumb. Oh and we already have a US/MEX tourney. It’s called the CONCACAF Champions League.

    So not only do they schedule Superliga at the same time as potential US games in the Confed and Gold Cup but a tournament geared to hook latin audiences is scheduled at the same time as the final of the second biggest club tourney in the world. Great thinking!

    Tonight is a triumph for MLS. This is their highest visibility game of the year, perhaps getting even more media than MLS Cup. But last night was simply a joke and I didn’t even know it had taken place until this morning. Sorry with Beckham, the Gold Cup, USMNT, European tours heading to MLS and USL cities (we’ll preview newly promoted EPL side Burnely’s trip to USL’s Ventura County this weekend with a podcast)and some other stories I am working on Superliga which features reserve and U-18 Mexican teams is not high on my priority list.

    I even defended the tourney earlier today on another thread where I said it was impossible that only;y 7,000 showed up for the doubleheader but in fact that attendance was accurate.

  9. Lars

    July 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Daniel might be contemplating a shortened life after this embarassment. The Product Placements are shite. I told you, it could be 9 on 11 with Becks and Donovan out, and the Product Placements couldn’t win this one.

  10. eplnfl

    July 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Predicted a LA good night in the Apple.

    Kartik, let’s get excited about it all. Superliga is not perfect but the idea is what counts and next summer we all really will want to see it. Let’s be happy that we have a live game to watch mid-week. A different format for a USA-Mexico team tournament maybe a good idea but lets make suggestions about it rather then disregard it.

  11. Joe from Indianapolis

    July 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Holy shit! Just saw Donovan’s amazing goal. The turf sucks for a game with the decent interest level surrounding it. However, neutral fans that want MLS to succeed have to be happy with the two goals the television audience have seen so far. Glad Landon got a goal tonight.

  12. Ussoccerthoughts

    July 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Beckham is only here because Simon Fuller and his cohorts couldn’t get him out of his contract. He’s going to say the right things about commitment and what not but it’ll be interesting to see what he does on the field. This is the best Galaxy team that they’ve had around him and adding Birchall was a nice move.

  13. Lars

    July 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    And I’m loving the insults of SuperLiga.

  14. eplnfl

    July 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Please note insert FSC instead of ESPN for tonights broadcaster. Please note that ESPN 360 will have coverage of the USSF Development Academy. Worth watching later.

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      July 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm

      Superliga? Please in this crowded schedule of meaningful games, a tournament featuring FMF U-18/reserve sides isn’t high on the agenda. Sorry.

  15. eplnfl

    July 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    NY is a mess and if LA`can’t win by 3 call a Senate hearing into order. No way with Becks in the Big Apple and ESPN showing up that this one doesn’t turn into a MLS showcase.

    That aside, Kartik, have you forgot about Superliga. A certain Chicago Fire team will be in the final, lead by former EPL standout Brian McBride, the pride and joy of Illinois and the hero of Mexican Football C. Blanco. It should be pointed out that of all the big signings in MLS Blanco has been most productive.

    This continues to be a great time for American soccer, with the Gold Cup taking place, MLS seeing Beckham returning, the Superliga, the upcoming qualifier with Mexico, and the European teams hitting our shores for pre-season action. You have to love it all! We are fortunate in many ways. While the strain on MLS is obvious the ultimate effect is to create a larger soccer base in the country which will benefit our domestic league down the road. Hopefully, what is taking will allow in the very near future for MLS to sign the Altidores, Howards, and Bradley(etc.) of the future for their prime years right here in America or Canada.

  16. Jimbo

    July 16, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    i predict a boring 0 – 0 tie…

  17. Lars

    July 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    We all know that LA is going to dominate. Donovan and Beckham could both get red carded and NY wouldn’t win this one.

  18. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    July 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Birchall did a good job versus Becks in the 2006 World Cup- he marked him for part of the game. Now they are on the same team.

  19. Angel

    July 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    This Team look better the last year and the year before. I think Beckham should be happy with this line up and I think the striker are better suit for Beckham and Birchall style of playing. Now Galaxy has a good starting XI but a good Subs. like Sannah, Lewis, Klein, Kovalenko, Magee, Gordon

  20. Angel

    July 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    My Galaxy Startin XI against Redbull NY.




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