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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SuperLiga: FC Dallas 5 x LA Galaxy 6. "Bench it like Beckham."

That was the interesting handwritten banner directly behind the FC Dallas goal in the first half. It was seen four times in the first 18 minutes on Telefutura. Without David Beckham, the Galaxy scored 4 goals before most of the crowd was settled. Before the game, the Dallas management had to issue a warning: The Bechkam Disclaimer. Similar to a rain check in American baseball, you get to see another game with the Galaxy, at a special rate, if Mr. Beckham does not appear.

It is interesting that LA has five straight away games. Of course, that assumed a fit Beckham when the schedules were formulated months ago. He is due to play in Toronto on Sunday, and in DC next Thursday. But at least now, the MLS has created another marketing gimmick, I mean, tool: The Beckham Disclaimer. Since the game in DC will be broadcast nationally by ESPN, what do you think the odds are that Beckham won't play? Here in Washington, the upper deck at RFK Stadium will cost $35 per ticket for the game next week. Usually for DC United games at RFK, the upper deck is closed. But there is a catch for the remaining 5000 or so tickets (45,000 have already been sold). You have to buy a multi-game plan. No doubt, that is the marketing plan for several MLS teams during the Beckham tour.

There were some other intriguing banners in the crowd that Telefutura decided to show. How would have ESPN handled this particular game without 90 minutes of photo opportunities of their star attraction? The Dallas fans gave a big Texas welcome to Beckham. "Welcome to America, David, where people like you are paid to do nothing." "David 'Lame' Beckham." And those were the nicer ones...

LA were not playing like the second worst team in their division. Four different players scored in this fantastic burst of activity: Gordon, Klein, Gordon, and Harmse. Pablo Ramirez of Telefutura started to call Allan Gordon, "Flash Gordon."

Dario Sala, the FC Dallas keeper from Argentina, kept looking for David Beckham. Sorry, Dario, but Becks isn't on the pitch, hermano. Or perhaps it was his ghost making all of those passes splitting the Dallas back line like vapor? More like a reinvigorated Landon Donovan, along with the rest of his teammates. Each goal was a "golazo."

Dallas pulled back three goals by Alvarez, Toja, and Alvarez once again in the 82nd minute. Then Landon Donovan, on an excellent individual run, flew past the defenders to score the fifth for LA in the 83rd minute. Then he did a very strange throat-cutting gesture to the Dallas crowd. Dallas, with Carlos Ruiz, scored their fourth in the first minute of injury time. Carlos Pavon scored the sixth for LA in the 94th minute. Dallas kept fighting, and scored their fifth and final goal five minutes into injury time by Thompson. Five goals in less than fifteen minutes.

"Why aren't there more goals in soccer?"

Show them the results of this game. Along with the 22 goal outburst in two days at the semifinals of the Copa America. But of course, the bashers and critics, along with the rest of the sporting public, are not shown such things from the mainstream media.

But as I have said before, and shall say again: It is about the quality, and not the quantity, of the goals.

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