David Beckham: Whitecaps 0 LA Galaxy 0

November 23, 2007 at 5:08 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2007 | Leave a comment

What a spectacle!  48,000 fans out to watch soccer on a weekday night in Vancouver.  It was a poor match, mostly because of the appalling field turf.   It appeared to be a kind of patchwork quilt made from old generation fieldturf.  The ball was not only bouncing in the annoying manner it does with field turf, it was also bouncing up every time it hit a crease.  Consequently, Beckham could not show his fine ball skills.  He was clearly taking it easy, and seemed to step very gingerly as he went.  He was not match fit because of his injuries, and he played in a manner to suggest he was trying not to aggravate any of his ailments.  Still, I am a great Beckham fan and it was a pleasure to see him.  He is the complete package, being a great human being as well as a great footballer.  

There are those who say that Beckham is no longer a top footballer but I disagree entirely.  He was England’s best player in the last World Cup and McLaren’s decision to drop him from the squad has proven to put a nail through the coffin of England’s Euro 2008 chances.  He would be in my starting squad every time because of his experience, skill, and most importantly, his attitude.  Just look at what he did for Real Madrid in the run to the La Liga title last year. And that after Capello benched him earlier in the season!  Make no mistake, Beckham will make his mark on American footy, and it will be a great one…

The Caps have every reason to be proud and took the game to the Galaxy.  They were unlucky not to score and poor Eddie Sebrango will have a few sleepless nights after missing a penalty.  Though the match was poor due to the pitch the night was made worth it by the fact that the crowd chanted White-Caps! like we used to do back in the 70’s and 80’s!   

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