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Beckham, the Bulls and an Angel

Oh, to have been at Giants Stadium on Saturday night. (I can guarantee you haven't heard that said very often since MLS got started 11 years ago.)

Wow. 66,000-plus, nine goals, 42 shots, not much defense, a late game-winner, Becks.....

Relive it by clicking here.

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2007; 12:53 AM ET
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Quality game. Quality atmosphere. Hope it continues.

Posted by: Stone | August 19, 2007 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I want to know is how the hell will the Red Bulls keep Altidore? Every team in Europe is drooling right now and I will bet he doesn't make the end of the season with the Bulls.

The kid is simply amazing. Yeah Angel and Beckham weren't too bad either :-)

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 19, 2007 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Altidore NEEDS to be the first US player with a $10M transfer. Sometimes his touch his heavy, but when he's on, he looks like a bigger, stronger Robinho.

If he was Brazilian, he'd get Alexandre Pato money for a transfer ($20 - $30M)

Posted by: Eric | August 19, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

that 2nd goal by Altidore was top shelf. Fortunately he is only 17. so he will be around until the end of the season.

He should fetch the highest bid MLS ever seen from a european club.

Posted by: justsayin' | August 19, 2007 1:44 AM | Report abuse

This was one of the most entertaining MLS matches I have seen in a long time. Back and forth, goal-answers-goal. You really didn't want to get up and go fetch a drink, for fear of missing a goal.

The only downside was the heavy first touches caused by that piece of crap field. How many balls skipped into or past players at light speed. Becks was not able to really cut under the ball on setpieces like he would on normal grass. Had this been a grass pitch, it might have been 6 or 7 to 5.

I bet Cannon and Watterus are getting stone cold drunk tonight.

Posted by: Erick | August 19, 2007 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Definitely entertaining if not always well played. I don't think there could have been a better game for first timers. Congrats to Mathis on franchise goal scoring record.

Posted by: 12th man | August 19, 2007 2:03 AM | Report abuse

What a great show for NYC! Red Bull Park ( is only one year away, but there is something to be said for playing in front of 66,000+.

And I agree Altidore will be the most expensive MLS transfer ever. Wouldn't he look great in a Barcelona jersey? Henry and Eto'o could take him under their wing. Can't get better training on how to be a top forward than from those two.

Posted by: MLS | August 19, 2007 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Please let this be the match that forces MLS to permanently ban field turf. Following the bouncing ball was tough, made the game a travesty.

The match was entertaining because of its frenetic pace as the players tried to corral the bouncing ball. Quality always rises to the top and in this one the quality buried the ball in the net as crap defenders couldn't control the bounce.

Posted by: RRP | August 19, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I doubt that MLS would ban field turf since FIFA have recenly approved it. The surface in Toronto isn't going anywhere, but all the new SSS will have grass.

Posted by: Kev | August 19, 2007 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Stuck without the DCU game broadcast (no tape-delay followup anywhere????), I watched this game while checked on the DCU score. Great game. Hopefully the fans will come back to see the Pink Cows (their lack of fan support is an embarrassment, even though it makes the SE/BB road trips more rewarding in a funny way).

Even The Newspaper of Record has MLS on page one of the Sports Section this morning!

Posted by: Paul | August 19, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

People can score off of corner kicks? DC should look into that.

I can't believe how many other quality chances were produced in that game, too. Jozy is absolutely spectacular.

I noticed Reyna was on the bench -- is he even playing much this year? They can't waste a DP on him next year.

Posted by: RK | August 19, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

re Reyna - is out with a groin strain

re replay - looks like CSN might be reshowing the match at 4pm.

Posted by: emanon | August 19, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow, just wow. The amazing thing is how in a spectacle whose cast that includes Angel, Pavon, Donovan, and Becks, Josy Altidore didn't look at all out of place contributing two goals to his team's cause.

Posted by: soccer nerd | August 19, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Just saw the morning SC highlights and... wow! What a hackjob. Van Pelt was so concerned with getting on his Beckham lines that he completely botched the match details. He was talking about slightly physical contact on Becks while the goals were just flying in left and right.

All I keep reading this morning is how good Altidore was. Won't hear his name on ESPN today, unless they run his Adidas ad.

Posted by: Kev | August 19, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

One of the NY Times articles said Altidore has signed a longterm contract with MLS. So maybe he'll be around for several more years.

I remember when he scored against us last year late in the regular season in another highscoring goal. The Barra Brava was still celebrating a DC goal that had been scored minutes earlier and barely noticed it. But I was thinking "Man, that's a 16-year-old..."

Posted by: garbaggio | August 19, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Altidore had previously said that he wanted to stay in MLS until he was 21, but after the U-20 WC and the signings of Zizzo and Freddy he did an interview where he said that he would like to go to europe now. He turns 18 after the transfer window closes, and it is hard to get a deal done in January, but this time next year he will be in europe.

Posted by: jgildea8 | August 19, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

garbaggio - Altidore signing a long-term deal only makes it more viable for MLS to sell him - and for a big fee. That won't necessarily keep him here...

Posted by: Kev | August 19, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I was there! Beckham-fest 2007 was awesome. No defense to speak of but a ton of fun. Every time Beckham took a corner, we all booed to try and psych him out but whenever LA scored off his pass, we all cheered anyway. Hopefully some of those 66,000 people will come back. Though the crowd did make getting home to Manhattan kind of a pain. I spent an hour in line for the bus when it usually takes 5 minutes.

I have to get an Altidore jersey before the kid leaves us. I think by the end, Jozy had as many fans as Beckham.

Posted by: Andrea | August 19, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Great day for the new guys - goals and assists by Fred, Emilio, Blanco, Wanchope, Beckham, Pavon, Angel, and Galindo!

Posted by: MK | August 19, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, boo's mean something different in New York. You only worry about it when it's directed at the home team. Kinda like how "F^ck You" really means "have a nice day"

Posted by: Eric | August 19, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It looked like the defenders were wading through a swamp. Do they wear ankle weights? Were there pharmies in the Gatorade?

Posted by: morphit | August 19, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope NJ brings that defense on Weds so we can score 5 against them again. Altidore seemed to be limping as he made his long, very slow walk off the field after being subbed. Just an aggravation of his injury from the U-20s. I'd be happy to not see him on Weds. night.

And while it is always fun to see goals, both teams were extremely awful in the back. On Mathis's goal there was no one within 5 yards of him and the line of guys all standing on the 6 turned away in unison. I almost feel bad for Joe Cannon.

Posted by: Glenn | August 19, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Communication in the backlines was horrid. Some of that probably had something to do with the large crowd. Some it because their just that bad.

That game was "Off the hook" as the kids say though.

Posted by: Mr.Bill | August 19, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

A good game for the fans that turned out. Altidore showed great composure. He has what many American forwards lack. He's willing to take on defenders and wrong step them and shoot on goal. At this rate he will be off to Europe real soon. I hope he produces the same for the National team.

Posted by: Glen Burnie | August 19, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What an exciting game. And Joe Cannon even came up with a few great saves too. Imagine how much higher the score would have been if Cannon wasn't playing. And come to think of it... Imagine how much lower the score would have been if Wattereus wasn't playing.

Posted by: Shatz | August 19, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Why do I have a feeling every club in Europe is going to call the Altidore house on 12:01 AM on November 6?

Posted by: B.A. | August 19, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

mentioning calls ... Ching will be joining the USMNT in Sweden in place of Wolff (who was excused for personal reasons)

Posted by: emanon | August 19, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather see Altidore get that call-up than Brian "I Can't Score Outside MLS" Ching. Yes, he's young, and raw, but isn't that the point of these matches?

Posted by: AlecW81 | August 19, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Wolff will be busy that day looking for his game.

: )

Posted by: Hoost | August 19, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, 66k-plus is great, but the real test will be the next NY home game. Will attendance go back to the sub-10k that they usually get, or will there be a bump?

Same goes for this week's DCU game. If they manage to sell out the lower bowl (particularly for a weekday game), then we'll know whether Becks has done what MLS has hoped he would do.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 19, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Great goal by Blanco...

Posted by: RB | August 19, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, RB! Caught the Chicago game on MLSnet. Let's not overlook a great performance by Blanco (assist too), and not a bad debut for Wanchope (goal on the Blanco assist). Plus, Mapp and Rolfe made appearances.

It was a great day to be an MLS DP... unless your name is Claudio

Thank goodness - crappy week for the boys abroad. Beasley, Feilhaber, and Adu riding the pine, and McBride with a major injury.

Posted by: Eric | August 19, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Reyna injured...that's unusual!? With the exception of Claudio, the DP rule is coming up roses. Veron anyone?

Posted by: London Dan | August 20, 2007 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Have to second what others are saying, just cause it's sooooo true. That second goal from Altidore was brilliant! Geez!

Posted by: Matt | August 20, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone confirm that Juan Pablo Angel will be making the trip to RFK on Wednesday? I see Colombia is playing a friendly against Mexico that same night. Thanks.

Posted by: dave | August 20, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Man, I had every intention of watching the Redskins game on Saturday night, but every time I flipped to FSC, somebody was putting a freaking ball in the net. Wife and I gave up on preseason football and enjoyed the heck out of watching two teams we can't stand.

On a side note, in just two games Beckham has really passed my expectations for him. He's just a quality, classy guy who is really bringing a lot to the league. I'm impressed.

Posted by: jasonVA | August 20, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Angel isn't really a part of Colombia's squad anymore.

Here's the current bunch:

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 20, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I bet if Altidore had been subbed during regular time he would have run off the field. If I remember correctly, we was subbed in extra problem taking your time when you have a lead. Kill the clock. I sure look forward to seeing Altidore develop...the kid is awesome.

Posted by: Brewer | August 20, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's qualify he's awesome by recognizing he's going against MLS defenders, who on average make about as much as non union bus drivers.

Still, will love to see him test his mettle in Europe.

Posted by: morphit | August 20, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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