Landon Donovan Has Swine Flu, Avoid Swanky Manhattan Beach Homes

landon_donovan_1Doctors diagnosed U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan with the H1N1 flu virus, commonly known as “Swine Flu.”  He contracted the disease in the United States, and presumably not from handling swine and or Mexicans.  He first felt symptoms last Sunday in Miami at U.S. training.

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David Beckham Unapologetic About Fan Incident

It has been a motif throughout his career, and David Beckham has again done the seemingly impossible.  He made a group of soccer fanatics sound gracious and mature.

Asked about picking a fight with one of his own fans, Beckham was unequivocal and unapologetic.

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The Beckham Experiment: Grant Wahl Fulfilling His Own Prophecy?

David Beckham escalated a conflict, placing himself and others in danger.  He picked a fight with a fan against former teammates, during a friendly, at home and in the most mellow sports city in the United States.  Puerile and desperate, his act hardly screams complacency.  The Beckham experiment looks destructive, doomed and predestined for cataclysm.  At least to those of us on the outside, it didn’t a few weeks ago. (Continued)

Beckham Returns and Was Not That Bad

Beckham GalaxyDavid Beckham returned to the LA Galaxy last night, playing the first 70 minutes of their 3-1 defeat of the New York Red Bulls.  It was his first match since AC Milan’s season finale on May 31, his first in MLS since a 2-2 draw with Dallas on Oct. 26, 2008.  Measured AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum offers a different opinion, but his performance was not bad. (Continued)

Don’t Blame Beckham’s England Career

David Beckham gave a press conference, concerning his return to the LA Galaxy.  After Grant Wahl confronted him, the meme became how Beckham’s England career adversely affected his commitment to MLS.  Beckham has been culpable for much since his arrival in the US.  However, criticizing him playing for England is unfair.

Beckham misses MLS-time for international duty.  Every international player misses MLS time, because MLS does not honor FIFA’s international breaks.

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Relationships Gone Wrong: Beckham and Donovan Duel

landy-and-becksSoccer has finally arrived in America.  The world’s biggest star and the biggest star of the U.S. National Team are teammates in an American league, making headlines internationally.  Unfortunately, the headlines stem from a risible feud that’s as public as it is juvenile.  The initial salvo came from Landon Donovan, who made disparaging remarks about David Beckham in Grant Wahl’s new book, The Beckham Experiment…. Relationships Gone Wrong: Beckham and Donovan Duel, MLS the Loser