Kick Off: LA open to Beckham deal, Toni to Galaxy?
There might soon be some closure in the loan saga that could send LA Galaxy star David Beckham to Tottenham Hotspur for two months. Reports in England this morning say that the Galaxy are open to the move if their financial demands are met.
This development comes after Tottenham issued an ultimatum on Tuesday, stating that any deal needs to be done ASAP.
Meanwhile, the Beckhams have enrolled their sons in a London school for three months in a possible sign of things to come.
And while the Galaxy’s dreams of landing AC Milan’s Brazilian star Ronaldinho seem quashed after he reportedly accepted an offer from Gremio, LA could have its sights on another World Cup winner from Italy. (ITALIAN)
Another major soccer move involving Americans and Italians is brewing. Reports in Italy say the New York Jets and New York Giants owners are teaming up to make a bid to take over Serie A side AS Roma. The Jets were quick to say they have no involvement.
Back in MLS, DC United believe that Virginia would be the best location for the club’s new stadium but that they are seriously considering the move to Baltimore, site of the 2011 SuperDraft.
One of the best soccer cities in America is Seattle but Sounders fans will not get to host the March exhibition between the USA and Argentina, according to a Washington Post report.
MLS teams are focused on the upcoming Player Combine to be held in Fort Lauderdale beginning this weekend. One of those players, JC Banks, says he will be attending although he also has an offer from a club in Sweden.
He’s not the only player attracting interest from overseas. Perry Kitchen, who is being tabbed as a Top 5 pick, has apparently registered on the radar of Belgian side Anderlecht.
There will be a late addition to the Combine roster with a new Generation adidas player signing from UC Santa Barbara.
One Generation adidas success story is Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury, who reveals how he got his name in this extensive Q&A.
Bunbury’s teammate at Sporting KC, goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, has seemingly inspired another Danish goalkeeper over the age of 30 who hopes to land with an MLS club.
Striker David Witteveen, currently at Scotland’s Hearts, is also eyeing an early exit from his contract and a move to MLS.
Ousmane Dabo has previously stated his eagerness to join an MLS team and is realistic about where he stands in the pecking order of contracts. As a 34-year-old defensive midfielder, he says he knows that he’s not DP material. (FRENCH)
Dabo’s fellow Frenchman, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, once again comes out in favor of Major League Soccer’s balanced playing field with a suggestion for crowning the true champ in the EPL.
Speaking of the Gunners, they will be involved in the most high profile match of the English Premier League matches on tap for today. They host Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash at the Emirates (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes). Chelsea travel to face Wolves (Fox Soccer Channel) and Liverpool are on the road to Blackburn (Fox Soccer Plus) at the same time.
Tim Howard’s Everton host Tottenham Hotspur (5 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes) in the highlight of the EPL matches featuring Americans. West Ham (Jonathan Spector), Bolton (Stuart Holden) and Aston Villa (Brad Friedel and Eric Lichaj) also play.
Lastly, a bit that could only come from Greece: Larissa players are barricaded in the team bus by angry fans following an embarrassing loss. They pelted their own with rocks, eggs … and yogurt.
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