24 November 2009


The biggest game on our domestic calendar was this past Sunday as Real Salt Lake upset the Los Angeles Galaxy to become MLS champions. I am not here to give you the tactical or play-by-play breakdown, as there are many sites that can do that for you; instead, I will touch on a few things for the NYC soccer fan to be aware of!

1) NY-based Player lifts Cup

Congratulations to Chris Wingert of Real Salt Lake who is a New York state native from Babylon, LI. He played his college ball at St. John’s University in Queens and now he is an MLS Cup champion. Well done lad!

2) Feel-good Story

It is hard not to feel good for Andy Williams of Real Salt Lake. A trying year in which his wife battled leukemia saw Andy crowned champion with his wife in attendance. After the game, Williams could not hold back the tears, and it was hard not to feel happy for him!

3) Remember Billy Buckner

Before the 1986 World Series, Billy Buckner said something to the effect of not wanting to be the guy who let the ball roll through your legs and cost you the series, and we all know how that worked out for him. Why am I talking about this? Well ESPN's The Sports Guy did an interview with Landon Donovan after the Houston game and asked him "Why are you so good at penalties?" OUCH! Landon is the ultimate professional and should be able to move on!

4) Beckham on Owning an MLS Team

GREAT ARTICLE out of the UK on David Beckham and his potential ownership. Read this quote

“We've got options of which team (to buy),” he said, declining to name them or potential cities. “It will happen eventually, yeah.”

If you are a reader of this blog, you remember the story we did not too long ago on him mentioning New York, Montreal and Miami as potential cities. Well now, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has ruled out Montreal:

"The current rumors linking David Beckham with the Montreal bid are wide of the mark,” Garber said. Beckham does have the option to acquire an expansion team in conjunction with 19 Entertainment, but that potential team is slated to join as the 20th team at a later date, according to Garber.

So it seems, if I am doing my math right, and reading the above two stories right, Beckham will own a team in either New York or Miami, no?

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