Soccer thoughts kicking around my head!
LA Galaxy to unveil Beckham statue at Dignity Health Sports Park
The LA Galaxy will unveil a statue of legendary midfielder David Beckham and will celebrate the iconic player into the club’s Ring of Honor on Saturday, March 2 at Dignity Health Sports Park when the club kicks off the 2019 MLS season against the Chicago Fire (5 p.m. PT, FS1, FOX Deportes). The #BeckhamStatue will be unveiled on Saturday, March 2 in a pregame ceremony, open to the public, at Dignity Health Sports Park. At halftime, Beckham, a two-time MLS Cup Champion, will join Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos and Doug Hamilton in the club’s Ring of Honor.
Beckham’s statue will mark the first of its kind in Major League Soccer. The ceremony unveiling the statue will be open to fans attending the match and will take place prior to the LA Galaxy beginning their 24thseason in MLS. Exact time and location to be announced at a later date.
Beckham joined the LA Galaxy in 2007 as the biggest signing in Major League Soccer history. He remained with the club through 2012, making 98 appearances and adding 18 goals and 40 assists while winning two MLS Cup trophies. Throughout his career, Beckham played at the biggest clubs in the world, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, A.C. Milan and Paris Saint Germain in addition to the LA Galaxy.
So, does Beckham deserve this incredible honor? My favorite response was from a guy on Twitter who said it was fitting since he was a statue on the field during his time with the Galaxy.
Beckham probably did more for the MLS than he did for the Galaxy. IMO!
What other MLS player deserves a statue?
New soccer movie is a “Keeper”
“The Keeper,” which stars David Kross (“The Reader”) and Freya Mavor (“The Sense of an Ending”), is based on the true story of Bert Trautmann, a German who went from being a prisoner-of-war to become the legendary goalkeeper of England’s Manchester City soccer club.
The film, which opens in April and was previously known as “Trautmann,” recounts the love affair between Trautmann and Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of a soccer team, who met Trautmann when she visited his POW camp near Manchester. The couple overcame prejudice and personal tragedy to forge a life together.
Trautmann turned down a return to Germany, settled in England, fell in love, fought against a public backlash and eventually won an FA Cup while playing with a broken neck. Sounds like an interesting story…
What is your favorite soccer movie or documentary?
Wayne Rooney: “I can still play in the Premier League”
Wayne Rooney proved he can deliver in the MLS. As a member of Washington FC last season, the former Manchester United and Everton captain had 12 goals in 20 appearances. The 33-year-old proved he still has some kick left in his boot.
But the MLS is an ocean away from the Premier League. Could Rooney still perform at a high or even acceptable level in one of the toughest leagues in the world?
He thinks so.
“If I’m being honest, quality wise I can still play in the Premier League. I know that, I’ve always been a confident person, so I have high expectations of myself,” Rooney said in an interview with CNN World Sport. “I came here expecting to do well, I think there was a surprise from people who had their opinions which is fair enough but I never doubted myself.”
Here were some reader comments in the Daily Mail:
* Rooney has found his true level in the MLS. This is similar to our D1. No wonder he thinks he is good. I would be good, my 8 yo nephew would be good. Give it up Rooney, you would not cut it in the PL.
Done well in MLS cos the football there is still rubbish.
Rooney has found his true level in the MLS. This is similar to our D1. No wonder he thinks he is good. Give it up Rooney, you would not cut it in the PL.
Great player let down by his lifestyle.
I’ve seen a bunch of games he has played and he still has it. His passing has always been outstanding. Can hit a ball 50 yards and put it on someone’s head. He could be playing in the premier league.
What Premier League team should give Washington a call about Mr. Rooney?
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