Thursday, January 25, 2007

So it will be Celtic this year, let's just hope Becks doesn't dress

The Colorado Rapids and their new stadium might have lost out on MLS cup to RFK, but they will still get to play host the other two big MLS games this season.

They were already selected to kick off the season against DC United on April 7, however, now they will also host the MLS All-Star game. And this year the best MLS has to offer will play against Scottish giants Celtic.

They might not have the fan base of Chivas Guadalajara (2003), Brian McBride (Fulham, 2005) or the world spotlight of Chelsea (2006), but Celtic is a fantastic team with a wonderful tradition. Yes, DC United mopped the pitch with them during the visit to the states last year, but don't judge them just by that.

As much fun as it will be to watch Celtic on ABC, there is something very disturbing about all this as MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis has said that Beckham might take the field as a MLS All-Star.

"If he's available, he will be available to be selected (for the All-Star game)," Gazidis said. "There's two commissioner's picks. I leave you to speculate whether he'll get selected."

The game will take place on July 19th. If all goes as it currently looks, Beckham will still be part of Real Madrid till June 30. The schedule has not been released, but changes are he would have only played in, at most, three MLS matches before the All-Star game (and there is actually a very good chance he will have played in none).

There is no way that any player should be called an All-Star of the league after playing so few matches. I know MLS is so excited to expose their new multi-million dollar player to the US public, but let's not lose control here. If the All-Star game is a reward for good play during the first portion of the season, how can you place someone on the team that missed most or all of that season?

Beckham will, if nothing else, bring a lot of media attention to the league, but please do not insult the league by calling him one of the best before he has even proved it.

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7 Comments:

Blogger PeeKay said...

mike you crazyman. beckham beckham beckham! you better believe he is my MLS all star pick, crap, he wouldn't have to be on a team at all to get my pick. isn't there a write-in vote. also he is my MNT pick( i mean afterall couldn't he get citizenship and be ready for 2010?)

11:10 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

peekay,

You're right. What was I thinking. "Beckham is the team, the team is Beckham."

I'll fire up the citizenship petition and see if I can get Sven to take the coaching job.

Onward Beckham Rangers!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

MLS should just have him be introduced at the All Star Game, have him do an interview at the beginning of the match, have Brandi Chastain sit on his lap and get his thoughts during the match, that type of stuff.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Brian,

I'm with you except I think Alexi should be the one on his lap. I would also be willing to sub in Dave O'Brien if Lalas loses focus around the hour mark.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Brian McBride, not Brad McBride. Also, he's scored goals in the last four of five games for Fulham.

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets be honest, the MLS is a joke!! Americans cant play football, or "soccer" as ye call it

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beckhams is only there 4 early retirement and easy money

9:08 AM  

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