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Lee Nguyen or David Beckham: Who Scored the Better Goal

Both of these goals happened yesterday. And both of these goals are top-class stuff. Beckham’s played a bigger role i the context of the game, but Nguyen’s goals played a bigger role personally. Both are quality. Which do you prefer?

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New England Revolution exploit LA Galaxy’s lack of width

By Kevin Koczwara

There was a lot of talk of the Los Angeles Galaxy playing poorly against the New England Revolution and lost 3-1. It seemed like Arlo White and Kyle Martino, the announcers for the game on NBC Sports, believed that the Galaxy’s poor play was the only factor in the game. What the two announcers failed to acknowledge was that one team’s positive play and game plan can make its opponent look like a U-8 side all out of ideas.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps showed his tactical acumen against Los Angeles with a flawless game plan. Heaps noticed some weaknesses in the Galaxy team sheet and went after them.The major omission and weakness for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles side was the injury to Landon Donovan, the team’s attacking focal point and creator in the attacking third.

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Phil Schoen Interview [Part 1]

One of America's most authorative voices on soccer, Phil Schoen was the original play-by-play voice of Major League Soccer. (Courtesy NASR)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Part of why I love the game of soccer, besides waking at sunrise to watch European matches, is the announcers. You can hear it in their voices, they love this game. They breathe and live this game. Even though they’re in the booth, at times it feels as though they are on the field, connecting with the game, breathing in the smell of the damp grass and living on every touch of the ball, every break. They aren’t fans of teams or clubs when they’re in the booth. They’re fans of the game. And the best announcers are believers in the game.

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A Letter to Hans Backe: Time is Running Out

By Ryan Fleming

 

The New York Red Bulls are in dire times. This statement could have been repeated countless times this season. Each time Hans Backe would have replied, ‘things will be alright and the team would get through it.’ Well, Mr. Backe, this is your last chance.

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Revs can’t overcome LA at Home

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Los Angeles Galaxy cleared the ball off the line twice in stoppage time and saw a shot hit the crossbar with moments left in its 1-0 win over the New England Revolution. The Galaxy secured the win thanks to a goal in the 69th minute by Miguel Lopez from a David Beckham cross. The Revolution will feel it did enough to get at least a draw, even three points if the Revs could have finished the chances early.

“It was definitely frustrating to come away losing one-nil. First half, I thought we did great. We made some chances but never took them,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol.

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Revolution need not get over zealous after draw with Galaxy; Revs still not there yet

Kenny Mansally and the rest of the Revolution fought hard in the pouring rain to earn a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net)

By Cory Ritzau of Prost America

Before I get ahead of myself let me offer two simple words: 90 minutes. That’s all we got to see Sunday night.

As the prognosticators are out in full force offering the full implications of Sunday’s draw and what it means for the rest of the season, let’s take a step back and do something that usually doesn’t play well on blogs and message boards: remind ourselves that it was only 90 minutes. Not to mention 90 minutes in a torrential downpour with 25mph winds 3,000 miles from home.

Only time will tell if Sunday’s contest becomes a piece of a larger trend or if the conditions made it such that those 90 minutes will be seen more as an aberration as the season progresses. At first thought I tend to think it’s more the latter than the former.

But in examining New England Revolution’s opening match, there are a few early tendencies that I think will become part of their larger identity moving forward.

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New England Revolution draw with Los Angeles Galaxy in season opener

By Cory Ritzau of Prost America

CARSON, Calif. – The New England Revolution came into the Home Depot Center for their season opener and were fortunate to earn one point after a soggy, 1-1, tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Southern California. An early Sharlie Joseph goal could only be equalized by the hosts, as three separate times the Galaxy had apparent goals called back by the referee.

The Goals

The season could not have started any better for the Revolution. New England got on the board in the 3rd minute with a Joseph header, taking an early 1-0 lead against the LA Galaxy.

After a giveaway by Leonardo in the early going, Zack Schilawski got tangled with the Galaxy defenders but did well enough to earn a corner. The ensuing corner by Marko Perovic was cleared back to his feet and his second cross found Joseph sliding behind the defense unmarked for an easy header to the back of the net.

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Tottenham not in need of Beckham

David Beckham said he would never play for any other English Premier League other than Manchester United when he left for Real Madrid. It looks like he may going back on that word as Tottenham's manager Harry Redknapp claims loan talks with Beckham are in advance stages and the former Red Devil could join Spurs sooner rather than later on loan. (Courtesy Ramsey Mohsen)

By Ryan Fleming

Just the other day the infamous David Beckham was linked to not AC Milan, the Serie A giant that Becks has spent a brief time the last couple years, but with English Premier League team, Tottenham Hotspur.

Now, if you thought similar to how I did, then you would have found this as a complete surprise. Not as surprising or rather absurd as the recent link of Spurs midfielder Luka Modric to Chelsea, but alarming nonetheless.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told the media that Becks will act as a sort of mentor for younger players, more specifically Aaron Lennon. I’ll go along with the idea that the former Manchester United midfielder could show the pacey, but often wasteful Lennon a thing or two, but for what Becks demands (at least £100,000 a week), is it really worth it?

For one thing, I cannot see the England international getting the playing time that would be truly beneficial to him and the club which he belongs, the LA Galaxy. Loan moves are often to develop a younger player attributes, or to give a player an opportunity for more playing time that he wouldn’t necessarily receive at the club to which loaned him. For Becks, the move to North London couldn’t be called beneficial, but more silly, perhaps more like a rainy holiday away from the sun and warmth of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Galaxy Make Moves at MLS Re-Entry Draft With Cup In Sight.

The Los Angeles Galaxy traded up in Major League Soccer's Re-Entry Draft on Wednesday so the Galaxy could select Former New York Red Bull's forward Juan Pablo Angel. (Courtesy Diego Valenzuela)

By Kevin Koczwara

Despite being a dominant regular-season force the last two seasons, The Los Angeles Galaxy have not been able to claim an MLS Cup in either try. David Beckham, Landon Donovan and company couldn’t get the job done when it came time to buckle down and win in the postseason the last two years. The Galaxy may have solved some of its problems yesterday when it made some bold moves during the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Los Angeles traded up to the fifth pick (the Houston Dynamo’s pick) in the draft to select former New York Red Bull forward and designated player Juan Pablo Angel. The Red Bull’s all-time leading goalscorer did not have his option picked up by New York at the end of the season because the club had signed two other designated players from Barcelona, Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez.

The Galaxy’s pursuit of Angel shows the league that the club isn’t giving up hope on winning an MLS Cup with Deavid Beckham, and have to be heavy favorites going into next year. Angel scored 61 goals in four seasons with New York, including playoffs, and he will add to the Galaxy’s already potent attack.

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Ronaldinho to MLS Makes Sense, But Why Not New York

Ronaldinho was one of the 2000's most famous player. The Brazilian winger set crowds into a frenzy with his foot-skill and ability, but he hasn't been in the limelight for a while now and a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy has been rumored. (Courtesy Reto Stauffer)

By Kevin Koczwara

The Los Angeles Galaxy have come close to winning the MLS Cup the last two years. In 2009, the Galaxy lost in a shootout in the MLS Cup Final to Real Salt Lake. In 2010, the Galaxy were upset by FC Dallas in the quarter-finals of the Cup playoffs after dominating the regular season and winning the Community Shield – given out to the team with the best regular season record in Major League Soccer.

Los Angeles claimed much of, if not all of, the prime-time television slots the MLS owned this year because the team has the league’s most recognizable faces, David Beckham and Landon Donovan and one of best overall attendance record of any team. The Galaxy had the away average attendance and second best home attendance numbers, (Home: 21,436; Away 18,522) thanks to the team’s high profile players and its winning ways.

Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz and his holding company AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, have not shied away from splashing cash around for big-name players and top of the line talent. Anschutz wanted Landon Donovan, he got him. Anshutz wanted to bring in Beckham to boost ticket sales and make the Galaxy the most dominant brand in the MLS. He did it immediately after the MLS introduced the Designated Player rule, aka the “Beckham Rule.”

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