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The Beckham Goal, and the Reaction

Ok, I'm allowed to write about Beckham today, because he sort of did something.

Having watched the goals from various cameras spread throughout the greater Carson Calif. metropolitan area, my general response is disappointment in the crowd's reaction. A nice big throaty roar, and then some milder cheering, and then some polite clapping. I mean, when will you ever have occasion to lose your mind and rip off your clothings and set your seat on fire and litter the field with various produce than when your long-injured star finally plays and scores his first American goal against the league's standard-bearing franchise in one of the few games that will mean anything for your team by using his signature maneuver? Why did it get so quiet so quick?

The Telegraph: "Fans cheered and women screamed."

San Diego: A midweek game in a new tournament that wasn't part of season-ticket packages and was scheduled only two weeks before was always going to be a tough sell. But an announced crowd of 17,223 that looked closer to 12,223 had to be a slight disappointment, considering...according to a league source, about 8,000 free tickets were distributed.


Grant Wahl: "Odd thing, American soccer. Fans fill stadiums when Beckham doesn't play and don't when he does. But this was the perfect crowd -- a real soccer crowd."

As opposed to, what, RFK last week?

Anyhow, one of dozens:

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 10:37 AM ET
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i WATCH GAme on channel 42 direct TV WashDC, but sound was all strange. I hear announcer say "Badadadbagagaga badadadadada badadadaddaadad GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!" I only understand first "badadad" but not rest then I see Becksham make airplane flying motion and I start to dance a polska and chugging herring ale because I know something big happen!!!! I like this soccer of America even if I can't undersatnad what is saying!!!!

But best thing about Channel 42 WashDC is that it is not ESPN. On ESPN they have BecksCam; on channel 42 they have BreastCam. FOR REALZ!!!! They would cut away to lovely and hard-core soccer fan ladies in the middle of the game and let camera linger on chestiness, but as ESPN camera lingered on Beckshamness. Come pledge season, Channel 42 I donate to you nightly!!!!

Love and choco-bacon,

Posted by: Jarrko | August 16, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Dan, your free to've found your next guest blogger.

Posted by: Andrew | August 16, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Freddy Adu could care less.

Posted by: | August 16, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

That was a real soccer crowd?


C'mon Grant, you know better than that.

I still can't believe no one from DC tried to get back at Beckham after he two-footed Moreno in the 18th minute. Our best player and captain, returning from injury, gets hit like that and...nothing? By the time that freekick came around, Beckham shouldn't have been able to put weight on his bad ankle.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 16, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Christian Gomez has a posse, and now it's going to go after Grant Wahl (who we know is relatively local).

Posted by: Kim | August 16, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Yo tengo un posse, y los Toros Rojos no tienes cajones.

Posted by: Scottish, nae English! | August 16, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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