David Beckham in L.A.???

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#16 Postby runner » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:55 am

many players go to the us after there career is over

Johan Cruijff
Pele
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Ronald Waterreus (keeper never made it into the nr 1, but he is still ok)
Edgar Davids might go as well (formal Dutch capten)

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#17 Postby JW » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:58 am

Franz Beckenbauer @
Georgio Chinalgia were also playing for the NY Cosmos.

It would be pretty tough to say no to all that money at that stage in their careers.
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#18 Postby Tarz » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:02 pm

Tigress wrote:I could go on about her all day because she drives me mad everytime I see her mentioned ...

With him its a shame someone so cute, has such a stupid cartoon voice :)

Go on, never get enough of Posh getting slated. I think most women dislike her too yes? She's just a leech!
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#19 Postby veganmomma » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:16 pm

I played soccer from the age of 8-17. There were a bazillion American youth playing soccer when I was a youth b/t 1978-1987 and there still are.
I don't think a professional soccer league will ever be as popular in the US as the NBA, NFL, and MLB. There is to much competition. No commercial timeouts during a soccer game?:shock:

For whatever reason American sports fans are obsessed with a lot of meaningless or meaningful statistics. The NBA didn't start keeping stats for block shots and steals until the 1970's. "Back in the day", the NBA only gave credit for an assist if the player who recieved a pass didn't put the ball on the floor before he scored a shot. What the hell is so impressive about a double-double. :? 10 rebounds and 10 points from someone playing the center position. :roll: It must be cultural.

OMG the Europeans from VF must be in shock to hear me criticised my own culture.:P

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#20 Postby JW » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:37 pm

I noticed the U.S. networks are getting creative with their advertising during soccer games. They either scroll the ad along the bottom or top of the screen or they minimize the screen with the play and show a commercial.

I'm sure a compromise will be reached.
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#21 Postby JW » Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:47 am

Toronto season ticket sales since the Beckham announcement is now 2600. not too shabby!
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#22 Postby veganpotter » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:29 pm

I don't think its really gonna do all that much good. If he played for free...at best soccer would be a modestly profitable sport in the US but his paycheck will make it hard to break even. I think the first half of the season will go well then after that they'll realize they made the best team selection ever and one of the worste financial mistakes in the history of sport(remember Hidaeki Irabu)

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#23 Postby JW » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:27 am

except that Beckham is a proven world class player and he will be unquestionably a star performer in the MLS.
Irabu was not a proven player in the MLB.

The buzz about Beckham has already made a significant impact on season ticket sales throughout the league. I have to say that the interest generated by Beckham has ALREADY made the signing a success.

The only bad thing that could happen would be if he were to get injured or become public enemy #1 for some reason.
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#24 Postby veganpotter » Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:24 pm

You've gotta remember...soccer tickets are very cheap in the states...chances are they may even be subsidized. At best they'll make a small profit from him being around...also the people buying tickets are probably all people who watch international soccer on TV instead of the MLS...not the new plethora of fans they are hoping for

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#25 Postby runner » Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:53 pm

looks like davids does not go to the us but back home to the netherlands

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#26 Postby Tigress » Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:29 am

According to the press over here, tickets for the first game featuring Beckham will be £5 ($10).. is that correct ?

He must be earning loads though because Posh is high maintenance to say the least lol
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#27 Postby JW » Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:23 pm

That sounds about right.

The MLS is trying to promote soccer (sorry... football) in North America.
Ticket prices are being made "family affordable" to get as many people in the stadium as possible and hopefully get them hooked.

Let's hope it works
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#28 Postby veganpotter » Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:28 pm

Tigress wrote:According to the press over here, tickets for the first game featuring Beckham will be £5 ($10).. is that correct ?

He must be earning loads though because Posh is high maintenance to say the least lol


He's getting way too much money!!! I have no idea how an American soccer team can afford this unless other teams helped pitch in to gain ratings.

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#29 Postby Matt » Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:48 am

JW wrote:Beckham says that Tom Cruise played a big part in his decision to join the LA Galaxy.

Beckahm stated that Tom Cruise is "a very wise man" :?

OMG....NOOOO!!!!

The MLS should bring in some "declining" foreign stars like Ronaldo and others as well. The NASL did this and brought some great soccer to the USA in the late 70's including George Best to the San Jose Earthquakes. But yeah, Beckham and family fit into the Hollywood scene just fine.

I had season tickets to the Earthquakes until they moved to Houston. Stupid MLS. They moved our awesome team. There's now like 5 teams in Texas or something (this *may* be an exaggeration).

Hey, check this out. One of the best goals I've ever seen (it's George Best, the famous English player), and it came as an Earthquake.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ytSt7EnHhXc

The funny thing about this goal is Best is yapping at the ref because he was taken down a few minutes before and they didn't card the guy from the other team. You can see Best in the ref's face dribbling the ball at the beginning of the clip. Then he scores one of his best goals and goes and yaps at the ref more. IN YOUR FACE, REF! Classic!

BTW, **** the LA Galaxy.
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#30 Postby JW » Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:14 pm

totally agree

NASL had many great names. Hopefully the MLS will follow suit.

Best was an absolute magician with the ball.

I'd love to see the MLS take off but the talent pool is a bit weak at the moment unfortunately.
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