Comments on: Beckham bashers have got it wrong World Soccer views and news Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:52:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: sornsak Sat, 02 Apr 2011 05:09:29 +0000 Future into this year, he’s played 55 matches over 4 seasons. Necessitate out 2008, the only period that he didn’t go out on give and direct up crocked to LA, that figure goes downward to 30. Promiscuous to see why most grouping reckon he’s not sworn enough of himself to MLS and the Beetleweed.

Close period, get the facts before you spout off nonmeaningful.

By: Simon Evans Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:11:58 +0000 Well, that’s your assumption Will. Surely the only way he can get anywhere close to an England cap (which is probably very out of reach now) is if he is fit and playing well for L.A?

So that’s a win-win for everyone isn’t it? What’s the problem?

He isn’t on international duty this weekend and Bruce Arena just named him captain for Saturday’s game v RSL.

Hardly what a coach would do if he thought a player wasn’t committed or trying is it?

By: Will_Hunting Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:53:49 +0000 Simon,

Your assumption that Beckham was training with Tottenham in order to get ready for MLS is terribly naive. His sole goal was to get match fit in order to be selected for England.

By: Simon Evans Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:38:19 +0000 Thanks for the comments.

It’s certainly true that Beckham has missed a lot of games through injury – but it is also true that he has played in plenty of games where he has been in pain. The two facts aren’t contradictory.

The anger towards Beckham at the moment is focused on the fact that he chose to train with Tottenham during the MLS off-season and returned late to Galaxy’s pre-season.

But look at where Beckham was in January? If he didn’t care about being fit and giving his all for LA – then why was he training in London at a time when most MLS players were on vacation?

If the Galaxy didn’t think it was a good idea for DB to train in London – why did they authorize it?

What the player did in January doesn’t fit into the anti-Beckham narrative because it shows he was trying to get himself in shape. He rested in November and early December after the MLS season finished. He judged that he needed to train and – like it or not – there was no training scheduled at L.A Galaxy or anywhere in MLS in early January.

I think I acknowledged in the article that the criticism of his loans to Milan was understandable – at the time I myself wondered why Galaxy let him go to Milan for anytime beyond March.

But this blog was answering the current charges against Beckham which are about what he did during this off-season. I think *this time* the criticism is unfair. The guy was training while other MLS players were on the beach!

I was also pretty surprised that ESPN’s pundits decided that one of the most high-profile games of the season for MLS – the live, nationally televised opener, was a chance to stick the boot into Beckham.

But obviously sticking the boot into Beckham is pretty popular in US soccer circles at the moment.


By: MarkMeadows Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:52:06 +0000 for a relatively modest player, how he has marketed himself is amazing really.

By: Tom Pilcher Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:23:27 +0000 Thanks for all comments. Apologies as owing to a glitch the author’s name (Simon Evans) didn’t appear. He will respond to your comments in due course.
It’s hard to ignore Beckham’s winning record and talent plus his ability to market himself and the sport he adores worldwide. The MLS can only grow in stature as a result of his being there. Thierry Henry moved there but has failed to capture the public’s imagination in the same way.

By: Youhavenoidea Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:12:33 +0000 Who wrote this? I don’t trust “pieces” where the author doesn’t even have enough confidence to credit themselves.

In addition, Beckham in no way is match fit. He’s out of shape and unable to keep up for 45 minutes, much less a full 90. It appears that his whole time in England was spent sucking up to Harry Redknapp since he is so desperate to prove he should be on the English National team. Beckham is old and needs to realize he is no longer in his 20s. He needs to use the off season to have his body heal and be of use to the team that pays his salary.

By: unbiased723 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:11:00 +0000 well done ‘LSanchez’ do you think you’re capable of elaborating…….
this is a great article & i hope those 2 jealous commentator knobs get to read it & deliver an apology that beckham deserves. he always puts his performance first & prob didnt pick up the check because he didnt want his team to think he was a big shot rich wanker throwing cash around!! when will people leave this great athlete alone???

By: SloBob3 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:46:33 +0000 A very large load, indeed.

He didn’t even see fit to train with his own team. Twellman was right…. that almost hurts to say.

By: Will_Hunting Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:14:24 +0000 Coming into this year, he’s played 55 matches over 4 seasons. Take out 2008, the only year that he didn’t go out on loan and show up crocked to LA, that number goes down to 30. Easy to see why most people think he’s not committed enough of himself to MLS and the Galaxy.

Next time, get the facts before you spout off nonsense.