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Another December, Another Possible Beckham Loan

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David Beckham wants to go back to Europe next month, go figure. (Getty Images)

This just seems about right. Each year since David Beckham joined the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer it seems around December or so he's looking for a winter/spring loan back to Europe. Most people thought this year would be different since his last loan back in Europe didn't go so well as it ended in a nasty Achilles tendon injury with AC Milan.

The Debate: Beckham vs Henry

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Go ahead, debate it. You know in the last day or so you've though about the impact of David Beckham vs the impact of Thierry Henry to Major League Soccer. Both have their pluses and minuses but each in my mind do the same thing, make the league that much better with them in it.

I've seen a lot of banter over the last couple days about each guy and what they've done or will do for the sport here in America and for MLS in general.

Adidas Re-creates Star Wars Scene

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Gotta love stuff like this. Seeing Snoop Dog, David Beckham and other adidas folks in the old Star Wars cantina scene. Pretty clever. Jabba wants Becks to play for FC Jabba...love it. (H/T to SF at TOR)

Becks Has Buddle’s Back

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Everyone is wanting Edson Buddle to get that all important call-up next month for a possible roster spot on the World Cup team. Today MLSSoccer.com caught up with Buddle's teammate David Beckham, and Becks believes Buddle deserves a call-up (as do I).

Beckham Set To Own 20th MLS Club

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David Beckham will be a club owner in the near future. (Getty Images)

While we don't know where the location of the 20th Major League Soccer club will eventually be we do have a pretty good idea of who the owner of the club will be. It's been reported nearly everywhere that David Beckham has an option in his mega-MLS contract that stipulates he can own a club once he is done playing in the league.

Beckham Loan Deal To Milan Nearly Done

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Beckham looks to be on the move again this winter. (R. Epperley for WVHooligan.com)

Looks like David Beckham will be back in Italy this winter as ESPNSoccernet is reporting today that a loan deal between AC Milan and the LA Galaxy is nearly a done deal.

Negotiations have been going on for some weeks and on Wednesday night Beckham intimated that they were 95% done, although the Milan chief has now confirmed the move.

Evening Links and Thoughts: Pro/Rel, Beckham, and more

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It has been quite a full day for some, others are left catching up on all the twitter messages that were lost today. There are plenty of good links to discuss so let's not waste any more time with the formalities.

First up is the lovely discussion that will be on going for the next 20 or 30 years with Major League Soccer.

Evening Links and Thougths: Hot Seats, MVPs and more

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It's been a fairly busy day around these parts. From catching up to things, to getting back to the daily grind at my normal job, and to getting back to work on things with this site. I wanted to kick off with a couple items that a few of your have emailed me and commented on recently here. Its mostly end of year items and seeing how we are towards the end of the season it is fitting to revisit some of these things.

MLS Goals of the Week: Week 27

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As the playoff race has heated up in Major League Soccer, so have the goals that have been scored. This week we saw plenty of good goals but only a select amount were above the rest.

The best goal for me was either Sainey Nyassi's run against New York or Brad Davis' strike against RSL.

(Note QuickKicks on the league site did not have the Columbus/Chicago goals)

Order of video: David Beckham, Edson Buddle, Brian Ching, Yura Movsisyan, Brad Davis, Dax McCarty, Jimmy Conrad, Sainey Nyassi, and John Wolyneic.

MLS Goals of the Week: Week 24

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Not too many goals to pick from this week with all the 1-0 games we saw. So this week all the goals are included in the list.

My favorites were Beckham's and Richards. What did you all like?

Order of goals: Dane Richards, Julien Baudet, David Beckham, Pablo Campos, Bryan Namoff, Steve Ralston, Wells Thompson, Ramon Sanchez, Pablo Campos (Chivas game), Fabian Espindola, and Robbie Findley (1 and 2).

Evening Links and Thoughts

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A few stories tonight that are worth checking out. A lot of MLS based items that need discussed and a little US-Mexico hype for Wednesday. If you got a link that you feel needs discussed here just send me an email and I'll do my best to get it up tomorrow.

Blanco and Kljestan Grace FIFA Soccer 10 Cover


Cuauhtémoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire and Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA will be featured on the front packs of FIFA Soccer 10.

Evening Links and Thoughts

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Time to round out the end of the work week with some links and thoughts. I have a couple MLS thoughts and one US national team item to discuss tonight.

DC Plays For Trophies


I love DC United and how they market their club. They've put little stickers on newspapers throughout DC with the date of the US Open Cup final against Seattle.

Fox On Beckham-Fan Fun

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You know it is noteworthy when Fox News picks it up.

More on the Goldenballs confronts Riot Squad member saga. I swear this will be the last I talk about it...that is unless it continues to happen. Hat tip to SF over at The Offside Rules for posting this earlier.

Video: Beckham Confronts Fan

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Gotta love when ego gets the way of things. As you all know by now LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham had a pretty rough go of things this weekend when LA hosted AC Milan. Instead of saying and doing the right things like he always does, Beckham goes out and does just the opposite and confronts some drunk Riot Squad members.

Thursday Night Preview: Galaxy at Red Bulls

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How's the tension between Landon Donovan and David Beckham? (Getty Images)

Let's just say tonight's clash in Giant's Stadium will be an interesting one to tune into if you can. While the Red Bulls are embarking on one of the worst seasons in league history, the LA Galaxy are hoping their chances of reaching the playoffs for the first time in a couple years continue to grow as they get the return of David Beckham.

Beckham Answers Questions

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Nothing like some awkward moments at a press conference. David Beckham faced the media on Wednesday. Gotta love the question from Grant Wahl at the beginning.

Live Commentary: Galaxy at Dallas

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Hello, hello from Frisco, TX, time once again for another live commentary of FC Dallas. Today the Hoops host David Beckham and the LA Galaxy. I will try to do some play-by-play commentary on here for today's game that looks to be an interesting one for a few reasons. If you have any comments on the [.


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Gotta love the kicks that David Beckham a.k.a. GoldenBalls will be sporting tomorrow night at the MLS All-Star game in Toronto. These are limited edition adidas gold Predator soccer cleats. adidas only made 2,000 pair and they are available exclusively at Eurosport (www.soccer.com) for $200 each.

Garber Speaks With BBC On Beckham

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Thanks to SF over at The Offside Rules for linking this one up. Anytime MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks with press about the game and of course about David Beckham I have to have a listen. So I figured I would share it along with you all as well. Nothing too noteworthy to talk about. [...]

MLS Expansion: Miami Not Going Away

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At least it appears that way. Just when you think the MLS Expansion dreams are dead in Miami, someone comes along and pumps some new life into the South Florida city. The new word is that David Beckham is interested in investing in a Miami club. Goldenballs has a stipulation in his contract that allows him [.

Filling Out My All-Star Ballot

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I figure since I am going on vacation next week and the deadline is rapidly approaching for my All-Star ballot to be turned in I would post about it today. Feel free to take a stab or three at my picks with some of your own. Who knows I may change my mind before I [...]

MLS Good, Bad, and Ugly

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Usually a third of the way into the season we have a pretty good understanding of where most clubs are going to fall this season. Some clubs have slowly been turning things around as of late so we may need to take some time at the halfway point to do this again. But the majority [...]

Weekend Recap: Third of the Way Home

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So, week number 10 is in the books and we can pretty much say now we are a third of the way finished here this season. Most clubs have played at least 10 games here, a few stragglers have yet to reach the 10 spot but for argument sake, we are one-third of the way [...]

WVH Monthly Awards: Blanco’s Month

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Another month down here in Major League Soccer, but yes I know there is still one day left on the calendar with games on it. But for the most part this list is basically going to be fine no matter what happens tomorrow. Even if someone drops six goals in a game tomorrow, it really [...]

Oh Yeah, There’s US Open Cup Games Too

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How freakin' silly of me. For some reason I thought these two games were tomorrow night. Instead they are tonight. Yes, two other games going on tonight in the early stages of the 2008 US Open Cup. The LA Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids, while Real Salt Lake visits the Columbus Crew. The Columbus game is already [.

Weekend Recap: Three-Way Tie In East, Western Clubs Clog Standings

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Sitting in the Pizza Hut Park press box last night, I got into a discussion with a couple writers about the overall standings in Major League Soccer. Basically we all agreed that the parity is clogging up the standings and no one is running away with the points here this season. Week nine is even more [.

MLS Weekend Recap: Statement Week

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Week number eight is in the books and for some teams it was a statement week. Houston showed us the win at home last week wasn't a fluke as they go on the road and score their second straight win of the year. LA took their circus on the road and dropped a five-spot on [...]

FC Dallas - LA Recap

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On a beautiful afternoon in Frisco, Texas, the LA Galaxy came into Pizza Hut Park and walked away with their first road win since late 2007. A hat trick from Edson Buddle lead the charge in the 5-1 thrashing of the home side. "It was an embarrassing performance. We're all ashamed of ourselves in the locker [.

Monday Kicker: A Weekend of Firsts

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Week number seven is in the books. I think this weekend will easily go down as a weekend of firsts for some players and clubs. A couple guys got their first goal of the year, others got their first ever MLS goal of their careers. One club got it's first win of the year while we [...]

Weekend Preview: Western Sides Clash; NY at LA; and Chivas on the Rebound

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A lighter weekend for Major League Soccer here in week seven. Only five games unlike the normal six that we've been accustom to so far this season. Both KC and Toronto have the weekend off to regroup or whatever they both need to do in a week off. The usual game format for the weekend stands [...]

WVH Weekly Awards: Beckham Takes The Cake

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No real surprise that this weekend was mostly about David Beckham's two goals against Real Salt Lake. The weekend lacked a lot of goals and wins for that matter but Beckham's brace shined brighter than anything that anyone else did this past weekend. I tried long and hard to figure out a better candidate that wasn't [.

Monday Kicker: Crew Still On Top; Houston Still Winless

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A weekend that saw fewer goals but enough drama to keep us interested is over. Week six is in the books and a few things remain as they were at the start of the weekend. The eastern conference is still very close at the top, while the western side is starting to heat up. Only 14 [...]