FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/15: David Beckham’s Academy, MLS Defender Highlights, and Soccer Cake Recipes

This morning we’re talking about David Beckham’s new academy, some excellent plays from MLS Defenders, and some fun cake recipes for soccer themed parties!

1. David Beckham’s planned soccer academy takes first steps to create a new soccer  complex out of an old landfill in south Florida for youth soccer players. (Miami Herald)

David Beckham, an English retired professional soccer player and the current President of Inter Miami CF, is considering an old landfill in Doral, Miami as the new site to build a brand-new soccer complex for David’s planned soccer academy for youth players. They are considering a resolution instructing Mayor Carlos to draft an invitation for private operators to submit different proposals on how they would develop the landfill at 9000 NW 58th St. into a beautiful new soccer complex.

“Juan Carlos Bermudez, the mayor of Doral, said the soccer plan came well before Beckham was seen as a potential developer. “This has been kicking around for years,” he said.”

In 1987, the former landfill site was closed, capped, and converted into a development site. In 2012, Miami-Dade began in search for a developer for a soccer complex.

“Beckham’s partner’s have already been in talks with the county about using the 47-acre site just outside Doral city limits for a Major League Soccer youth academy, but a representative of the Beckham group said other locations are also under consideration.”

This new complex would be an amazing opportunity for young soccer players that need vigorous training development and/or a place to have fun while playing a game of soccer with teammates.

Where would you build a new soccer facility? How would you make that call?

2. MLS Defender Aaron Long shows amazing offense! (Twitter)

MLS Defender of the Year, Aaron Long, pooches a kick over the keeper to score and tie the game at 1-1 (MLS Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals)

3. Very delicious soccer ball cake recipe from Betty Crocker (Betty Crocker)

Check out the recipe for this flavorful soccer cake that feeds 12 and is great for parties!



1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ yellow cake mix

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Tray or cardboard (18×16 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil

Frosting and Decoration

3 drops green liquid food color

2 cups Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy creamy white frosting (from 2 containers)

Betty Crocker™ black decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)

Betty Crocker™ green decorating icing (from 4.25-oz tube)


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Grease 1-quart ovenproof glass bowl with shortening; coat with flour (do not use baking spray).

2. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour 1 1/3 cups batter into 1-quart bowl and remaining batter into 13×9-inch pan.

3. Bake 13×9-inch pan 21 to 26 minutes (23 to 30 minutes for dark or nonstick) and 1-quart bowl 26 to 31 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and bowl to cooling racks (place cake from bowl with rounded side up). Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

4. Cut off uneven bottom of cake from bowl so it will stand flat. Freeze cakes 1 hour.

5. On tray, place 13×9-inch cake, bottom side up. Stir food color into 1 1/2 cups of the white frosting; spread over cake.

6. Spread remaining 1/2 cup white frosting over rounded side of other cake for soccer ball. Place ball on green field. Use black decorating icing to create soccer ball design. Use green decorating icing to make tufts of grass. Store loosely covered.

Would you make this for your young soccer players? What would you add to it for your own twist?