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He’s ba-ack!

Posted on 14 July 2009 by iyeo

Not even Becks could have anticipated the drama this offseason

After spending the first half of the year in Milan Italy, midfielder David Beckham finally makes his return to the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he will do so against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Thursday night.

You’d have to be living under a rock the past six months if you don’t know about the three-way drama surrounding Beckham and the two clubs, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Serie A powerhouse AC Milan. Toward the end of last season, as the Galaxy were about to ponder a third straight year without a postseason berth, it was discovered that Beckham had secured a loan deal with AC Milan that would allow him to train and feature in matches with the Italian club for the first couple of months of 2009. The Galaxy approved the deal, albeit reluctantly.

Beckham made an immediate impact for his temporary club, scoring two goals in his first four matches and piling up assists as well. His strong performance led to immediate speculation that he might try to extend his stay at the San Siro, which Beckham himself confirmed on February 4. The Galaxy were adamant however that Beckham must retrun to the Galaxy for the start of the MLS season. Finally, just days before the loan was supposed to end on March 9, both teams reached an agreement that would allow Beckham to remain with AC Milan for the remainder of the Serie A season before rejoining the Galaxy. In return, AC Milan will travel to Los Angeles for a friendly match with the Galaxy, which will be on Sunday night. Los Angeles also recieved cash compensation belived to be around 10 million dollars.

Oh and if that wasn’t enough drama, just weeks before Beckham’s return, excerpts from a book titled “The Beckham Experiment,” written by Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, were released that contained quotes from teammates Landon Donovan and Chris Klein that questioned Beckham’s leadership abilities. While Donovan didn’t back down from his comments, he later expressed regret over having the proverbial dirty laundry aired out in public as opposed to addressing them privately and face-to-face with Beckham. Beckham on Saturday called Donovan’s comments “unprofessional” before the two met to talk after Galaxy practice yesterday.

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Los Angeles has been up and down throughout the first half of the season. It went 0-1-4 to start the season, got its first win on May 2, oddly enough, against the New York Red Bulls, then played to draws in five straight matches, with Los Angeles needing to equalize each time just to split points. LA lost two out of three, but has started to heat up, winning three straight matches. The Galaxy (5-3-9, 24 points) are currently tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Lost in all the Galaxy drama is the fact that Beckham probably won’t be the only midfielder making his debut for Los Angeles. Thurday night could also mean some serious time for Chris Birchall. The Trinidad and Tobago midfielder, who last played at Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. in England’s League One, was signed by the Galaxy last week and is avaiable for Thursday’s match. Arena describes Birchall as a midfielder who can play any of the midfield positions.

Oh, and did I mention the Galaxy were facing the New York Red Bulls? A year removed from an unlikely trip to the MLS Cup Final, the Red Bulls are in the midst of perhaps its worst season in franchise history. The Red Bulls are currently in last place in MLS with a record of 2-13-4 and only 10 points. The team’s struggles led to a meeting between Red Bull management and sporting director Erik Stover and technical director Jeff Agoos. Still, it appears that everyone in the organization, including head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, will remain in New York for Thursday’s match.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. jenifary Says:

    I voted that I would not "boo" Beckham – not that I don't think he deserves to be bood, it's just that I don't believe in booing! I think booing is rude (even if the subject might deserve it). I recall a game at the LA Coliseum where Galaxy was SUPPOSED to be the home team vs Chivas Guadalajara yet there were what seemed to be a 10:2 Chivas fan ratio! The booing was so intense that it took away from my enjoyment of the event. For a moment, I ALMOST felt like I should go trade in my Chivas Jersey for Galaxy just so they would have more fans there. (Thank god that moment passed). At that game I was in the front row close enough to see the grass on Beckham's shoes – There was a couple next to us that had all kinds of Beckham and Galaxy jeresys hoping for an autograph…Needless to say Beckham didn't even glance at us once during the whole game as he was seated on the bench!

  2. jenifary Says:

    I voted that I would not "boo" Beckham – not that I don't think he deserves to be bood, it's just that I don't believe in booing! I think booing is rude (even if the subject might deserve it). I recall a game at the LA Coliseum where Galaxy was SUPPOSED to be the home team vs Chivas Guadalajara yet there were what seemed to be a 10:2 Chivas fan ratio! The booing was so intense that it took away from my enjoyment of the event. For a moment, I ALMOST felt like I should go trade in my Chivas Jersey for Galaxy just so they would have more fans there. (Thank god that moment passed). At that game I was in the front row close enough to see the grass on Beckham's shoes – There was a couple next to us that had all kinds of Beckham and Galaxy jeresys hoping for an autograph…Needless to say Beckham didn't even glance at us once during the whole game as he was seated on the bench!

  3. jenifary Says:

    Beckham netted a lot of world wide attention to American Soccer! That's a good thing no matter how you look at it! Press is press whether it's good or bad and whether you love him or hate him everyone knows Beckham! I personally have a little less respect for the man after leaving the Galaxy high & dry like that! What did he need with another 10 million dollars??!?!?! Hopefully he'll come back (without sustaining any injuries) so The Galaxy , The MLS and all the fans will get their money's worth!

  4. jenifary Says:

    Beckham netted a lot of world wide attention to American Soccer! That's a good thing no matter how you look at it! Press is press whether it's good or bad and whether you love him or hate him everyone knows Beckham! I personally have a little less respect for the man after leaving the Galaxy high & dry like that! What did he need with another 10 million dollars??!?!?! Hopefully he'll come back (without sustaining any injuries) so The Galaxy , The MLS and all the fans will get their money's worth!

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