Kick Off: Becks in Spurs colors, Henry at Arsenal
The LA Galaxy’s David Beckham has set foot at Tottenham’s training ground, where reports indicate he underwent a medical in advance of training with the EPL club. See the first photos of him in Spurs colors.
Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has a lot on his plate: the Combine, the SuperDraft, the Beckham situation and news of the club’s top scorer Edson Buddle signing with a club in Germany.
The current confusion surrounding the extent of Beckham’s participation with Tottenham Hotspur during the MLS offseason is clearly being caused by misinformed Spurs manager Harry Redknapp.
Another MLS Designated Player has the urge to train in the EPL this
offseason. It’s the turn of NY Red Bulls Frenchman Thierry Henry, who’s making a sensational return to Arsenal.
Some definitive news from the Beckham camp surrounds the location of the birth of their fourth child this summer: the youngest Beckham will be American.
From one prospect to another. Portland Timbers manager John Spencer indicates that there are “three very good football players” available for selection in Thursday’s SuperDraft. With the No. 2 overall selection, he’s feeling pretty good about things.
The No. 1 pick currently rests with the Vancouver Whitecaps, who will get some input on their first pick from new assistant Denis Hamlett. The addition of the former Fire head coach should continue to fuel the rivalry with Portland, the club that passed on Hamlett for the Timbers coaching job.
Meanwhile, Vancouver say that they have narrowed their top choice to two players, although they're not saying who.
Another big name -- former Argentine national team midfielder Ariel Ortega – has reportedly been contacted about playing in the United States, although not exactly in MLS according to a Clarin report from Argentina. (SPANISH)
A Honduran national teamer who recently played in China, says he is considering offers from MLS or Uruguay but definitely won’t be going back to Asia. (SPANISH)
With FC Dallas seeking to fill the void left by Jeff Cunningham’s departure, the club reportedly has its sights set on an Israeli forward who may join the team on trial.
The highlight of the weekend for Americans abroad is Jonathan Spector’s goal for West Ham in FA Cup play.
Former Chicago Fire defender Wilman Conde also found the back of the net in his debut for Mexico’s Atlas.
Clint Dempsey’s world might soon be getting interesting over at English club Fulham after a report that Diego Maradona could soon be Dempsey’s boss.
There is soccer news from Dempsey’s native Texas. San Antonio, a city that didn’t have a single pro soccer team, may soon have two. The NBA’s Spurs want a USL team and an NASL second-division side will also be born with the name being unveiled today.
The lone televised action today features a La Liga fixture between Levante and Atletico Madrid (3 p.m. ET, GolTV) and an FA Cup match between Crawley Town and Derby County (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus).
It’s also awards night in Zurich, Switzerland today with some of the most prestigious honors in world soccer being handed down. The granddaddy of them all: the FIFA Balon d’Or which contested between three players from the same club.
With the NFL playoffs in full swing, soccer fans would find it interesting to know that New England Patriots diminutive receiver Wes Welker once scored 16 goals in a single soccer game as a nine year old.
Lastly, a rare occurrence from Brazil, where a successful penalty kick by Gremio was not ruled a goal by the referee after the ball finds a way through the net. (VIDEO)
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