So it's a day later and we know some more things about the Beckham deal, particularly that the $250 mil is a mild exaggeration, that that figure actually only represents the potential earning of the contract. Further, we know that MLS and AEG (who own the Galaxy and a few other MLS teams) will be responsible for a relatively small portion of that. This is all comforting, and helps affirm that the contract is not a wagering of the farm.
So that great, awesome, let's move on. But there's one other thing I realized, a potential down-the-road storyline that I'd just love to see happen.
It involves the FIFA Club World Cup, which I've written about a little on this blog. It's still a fledgling event, and I suspect the rules will continue to fluctuate ever-so-slightly over the course of the next few years, but the central idea is this: the club champions of each continent get together and duke it out for world dominance.
This replace s a smaller event called the Intercontinental Cup, wherein just the champs of Europe and
Oh right, Beckham. The point is this: as soon as this year, it is possible that the LA Galaxy could be playing meaningful games against either of Becks' old clubs, Real Madrid or Manchester United (with the latter being the one that would present the saltier contest).
The CWC has existed for only two seasons in its current format; on both occasions the final was contested between the winners of Europe's Champions League and
If the Galaxy can win the MLS title, there's no reason they can't win what's called the CONCACAF Champions Cup; they've already won it once, back in 2000.
Mind you; if they made it, they'd be hard pressed to fare well. Mexico's Club America, perhaps the biggest club in the region, were summarily thumped 4-0 by Barcelona this last go-round on their way to finishing fourth, ignominiously losing to Al-Ahly of Egypt in the third-place game.
But think about it. First of all it means Beckham in
Should we be so lucky, on top of all that, to see him playing
I expect the Galaxy to, should they win the league, attack the Champions Cup harder than any
And now our continuing public service, the heads-up on this week's Fox Soccer Channel Games.
Relatively speaking, neither team is doing well in the league.
Watchability: 3 stars (out of 4)
Blackburn-Arsenal, Noon, ET.
Blackburn are making progress under their second-year manger,
Watchability: 3 stars
Yank Watch: Brad "Land of the" Freidel, GK, Rovers
Full disclosure: I don't like
Watchability: 3 stars (and I apologize in advance if it ends 0-0)
Tottenham-Newcastle, 11am ET
Two teams with good scorers and terrible defenses, which ought to mean a good game. Also, it's the Bill Simmons Bowl; he admitted this week that his love for his pre-season choice, Spurs, is wavering. He added that
Watchability: 3 stars
Hey! This is the first time all the games of the week got 3 or more stars! Nice job, FSC! Especially with next Sunday's Arsenal-Man. U match looming on the horizon...
PS - GO BEARS! (Please.)