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Beckham Was The Main Attraction, But Donovan Stole The Show

Beckham makes low-key return to MLS

On Thursday night at Giants Stadium the return of David Beckham to Major League Soccer was the major attraction of the night and to see over 23,000+ coming to get a glance of him. Every single time he would touch the ball, or got ready to send a free kick into the area of Red Bull NY the crowd would boo him pretty hard. After all it was Beckham who wanted to leave LA & the league so England National Team head coach Fabio Capello would use him for World Cup Qualifying. Every time Beckham would have a free kick situation the NY wall did its job blocking every single chance he took.

But while Beckham only lasted up till the 70th minute, it was Landon Donovan who stole the show as his stock continues to rise for his club in Los Angeles and his play for the National Team. After a wonderstrike by Montvale, NJ native Alecko Eskandarian smacked the upper ninety in the 3rd Minute, Donovan did the same thing to Danny Cepero in the 31st Minute. Controlled the ball and somehow looked up he took a big 35 to 40yd blast and Cepero tried to stretch all he could to get a paw on that ball, but couldn’t do it. While Cepero looked great towards the end of last year and became the first keeper to score a goal, he hasn’t been in good position to prevent the goals from going in.

But Donovan wasn’t finished yet as he earned a helper in the 45th minute. He would cross the ball to Eddie Lewis and with a wicked strike with the left foot Cepero got a piece of it, but not enough as it would deflect into the net and another huge hole was dug in the field turf by Red Bull NY. What a fabulous performance tonight by a man who has been called every single name in the book or that made up name that everyone loves to call him. He proved again from the Confederations Cup all the way to this match that he is ready to take on anyone from MLS and everyone from around the world when he plays for the National Team.

During the Press Conference he was sitting next to David Beckham and he gave his opening remarks. “We played very well & it was nice to have a confident team and a confident team to have a world class player joining us.” I asked him a question about his growing confidence. “Confidence for me now is easy, motivation for me now is easy and that will be the standard from now on & it won’t fluctuate from now on.”

So sitting side by side at the table taking questions from the local NY media, the LA media and the world media these two men look to have patched up their differences and are ready to move on. But to be honest while this is the first match back in MLS for David Beckham, we shall see how these two really get along as the days, weeks & months of this current season move on. I know most of you have watched the video of Beckham’s press conference at the W Hotel in Hoboken giving Grant Wahl a real nasty stare, but there are real concerns here. But for the time being there is peace & quiet in the land of the LA Galaxy. They got their first win at Giants Stadium since April 29th, 2000 when Simon Elliott scored the only goal of the match.

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  1. World Cup Travel Expert

    July 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I love Donovan and he played a great game. However, I have to admit…when Beckham subbed out, I moved on to other things. I hear that I missed a few exciting penalty kicks. Was I the only one?

  2. Ted Westervelt

    July 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Company yes-men: Becks and Lando attempt to make MLS look like more than just an exhibition league. Donovan, when motivated, can play well, but MLS and motivation can be oxymoronic.

  3. Mr. Baker

    July 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Funny, the headline for my story about this match was virtually identical to this one. Great minds think alike I suppose! Anyway, yes, the Galaxy put on quite a show. While it is understandable for a team with a three goal lead to bunker in the second half, it makes zero sense for the team on the OTHER end to bunker as well. But that’s Juan Carlos Osorio soccer. At least he had the decency to apologize to fans after the game. Not that he’ll do anything to change his gameplan.

  4. soccer goals

    July 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Donovan played lights out.

  5. AC

    July 17, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the insight, Pat. That sort of stuff usually doesn’t come across on the tele.

    Regardless…LA played like champions last night – yet in the back of my mind I couldn’t shake the thought that if they lost, Beckham would be blamed up the arse and if they won (such is the case), all the headlines will talk about how he was booed.

    What a life this man has to live.

  6. Pat

    July 17, 2009 at 9:54 am


    While I see what you’re saying about the second half, it’s hard to complain about negative soccer in a game where they scored 3 goals. What team wouldn’t slow it down in the second half?

  7. Adam Edg

    July 17, 2009 at 9:24 am

    The first half of last night’s game was amazing. I cannot think of the last time I saw the Galaxy play that aggressively. Donovan, Esky, & Beckham were all spot on and in about that order. Lewis too. Everybody stepped up and the Galaxy looked like the team they should be.
    Ricketts may have been the man of the match though. A 70 yard THROW!!! There are gks in the MLS that can barely kick that far. Some of his saves were phenomenal. What a beast!
    Unfortunately the second half saw the team playing Bruce Arena soccer. They came in with the lead so it was time to bunker. Slow, boring, uninspired. It may win matches, but it certainly does little to win fans. That is why I will never think of Arena as a world class coach regardless of the upsets the USMNT pulled out under him….

  8. VB

    July 17, 2009 at 9:08 am

    “Every time Beckham would have a free kick situation the NY wall did its job blocking every single chance he took.”

    Every free kick? Wow , that’s some wall. I’m not sure what game you were watching bro, but I saw the wall block ONE free kick. The rest were all quality balls that were placed near the 6.

    By the way, I lol-ed when they interviewed Donovan and he went out of this way to praise Becks in basically every sentence. Talk about a “man”. Talks all kinds of sh*t on Becks when he’s in Europe, and then when he comes back all that “honesty” every reporter praises is all gone! Interesting.

  9. Rob

    July 17, 2009 at 8:54 am


    The last two games were played on Sunday afternoon/night, though. This was a mid-week game, so that attendance isn’t that bad of a showing.

  10. Pat

    July 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I’m a Red Bulls season ticket holder, and have been to all the games Beckham has appeared in here, so I think its funny that every article mentions the booing. Each time Beckham’s been here he was booed every time he touched the ball–he’s been the opposition’s most visible payer, remember. But they are also always accompanied by at least as many cheers and of course a light show of camera flashes. Last night some of it may have been from angry fans, but the usual vast percentage of those attendees were wearing Beckham jerseys from every team he’s been on including both Galaxy and Milan.
    Otherwise, the game was fun, the atmosphere great, Esky may indeed have stolen the show–or maybe the entire Galaxy’s on-field improvement–and Donovan and Beckham will always look good together as Donovan is clearly spot on when he says that they see, and anticipate, the game in the same way.
    Who cares if these guys cuddle or not, we don’t know whether most of the athletes we watch can actually stand each other or not, just how they play together, so I’ll be back to keeping my eye on that rather than continuing to unintentionally continue to help sell Wahl’s book.

    BTW, I appreciate that this site is one of the few that didn’t accompany it’s reviews of the book with a link to a bookseller — sometimes within the review itself!

  11. Lawerence R.

    July 17, 2009 at 6:35 am

    23,000 is half of 46,000 last year and just over a third of the 66,000 from the previous returns. Diminishing returns from Mr. Beckham.

  12. ERT09

    July 17, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Maybe it was actually Esky who stole the show! Good stuff though.

  13. Postal United

    July 17, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I can see both Becks & Dons point of view!! Indeed Beckham wants to be amoung the England squad thats goes to South Africa next year & the only way he can be a starter is to be playing in a top league lkie Italy but at the same time hes shooting himself in the foot & pi**ing his team mates off as it was his idea to go too the states & make the MLS a hugh league!!!

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