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Arena Issues Statement

Regarding the exchange between Galaxy superstar David Beckham and L.A. supporters during the AC Milan friendly Sunday night, Coach/GM Bruce Arena said in a written statement:

"We regret the incident that happened at the end of the first half. While it is important that our fans remain free to voice their opinions, they must do so in an appropriate manner. We appreciate our players and fans' passion for the team and the game, but we all must aim to hold ourselves to higher standards. We have a very good relationship with the LA Riot Squad and have already reached out to them to set up a meeting to discuss moving forward together in a positive direction. In addition, the LA Riot Squad has informed us that they have issued a lifetime ban to the fan that went onto the field of play. We want to move in a positive direction as an organization, and ask our fans to support our players and our club as we look to return to the playoffs for the first time in three years."

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 6:09 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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So of course if Alan Gordon does this, the statement is "We regret the unprofessional behavior of Alan during last night's game. As professional athletes our players must understand that it creates a potentially dangerous situation for everyone involved to attempt to enter a confrontation with fans in the stands. Our players must do their best to keep their minds on what is going on in the game, not in the stands, and further incidents of players attempting to enter the stands or goad fans will not be tolerated."

Move along, nothing to see here...

Posted by: the_slammer | July 20, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The LA Times is reporting that Beckham has hired Richie Williams as a bodyguard, both on and off the field, for the next 30 days.

Posted by: billq1 | July 20, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what was said of course, but I can't believe that after the boiler room of The Premiership that David can't take a little heat in LA. Can't he understand the slap in the face he delivered to US soccer in general? No fool would pretend that the leagues are equivalent; we are only a century or so behind. If he did that with United, I would want him to never come back if he can't wear the colors with pride. If a player is bigger than the team, take up golf or tennis where there is no team.

Posted by: bdwooton | July 20, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It hasn't even been a full day and this whole thing has been sickening. As dumb as the fan was and as much as I don't agree with him or the LARS, the Galaxy have been given too much of a pass for Beckham's behavior(especially domestically).

Posted by: sitruc | July 20, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope that LAG also offered a "lifetime ban" for the player involved in the incident

Posted by: diego_r | July 20, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It's like the fan had an MTV camera crew following him around or something.

Posted by: Section117 | July 20, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

BECKAHM CALLED HIM TO THE PITCH... it was not an invasion, it was an accepted invitation.

I loath Beckham so...seriously Arena has to be counting the days until he never has to hear this brat's name again.

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

agree with sitruc - and why was he confronting the fans in the first place? I believe he instigated the personal confrontation - not the other way around

Posted by: diego_r | July 20, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Good for the fan! No regrets!

Posted by: kdiff813 | July 20, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

They banned him for life? he was called onto the pitch! A lack of any sort of spine from the galaxy front office once again. Those fans were totally within their rights last night and should not back down. Beckham is a fraud and it's about time he's held accountable for his lack of commitment.

cheers to the Riot Squad from Toronto

Posted by: pearce102 | July 20, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Any ideas on Beckham's punishment for the multiple violatations of Law 12 he committed last night?

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Becks should by the fan, or the whole LARS a steak dinner at Ruth Chris to smooth things over. Everyone will be happy. Well, except for those poor minimum-wage Galaxy players who had to buy their own steak dinners.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Pearce102 - It sounds like they banned him from membership in the Riot Squad, not necessarily the Galaxy

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Lucky guy, doesn't have to associate with the LA Quiet Squad anymore.

Posted by: alecw81 | July 20, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm also iffy on the wording and find it strange that the riot squad would ban a member of its' own. as a person who was there I do not condone what the fan did, but it was CLEAR,absolutely, that beckham called him out. without a doubt he montioned for him to come over. that in itself warrants a fine if not a suspension...not unlike mastroeni a while back... if that fan is banned I will give up my season tickets

Posted by: realgalaxyfan | July 20, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

quite squad? jim rome is burning, sports nation, espn first take, FSC, bbc, TMZ, even perez hilton has a take on this... i think they were pretty loud my friend

Posted by: realgalaxyfan | July 20, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I have to say the Galaxy fans who booed last night crowed about being treated like a real team, getting respect from the "big leagues" etc..., well in a "big league" a fan who comes on to the pitch to confront a player, invited or not has to consider the very real possibility of a lifetime ban.

You can't ask to be treated like a big boy and then complain when you are.

Posted by: dmac4 | July 20, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

what about the player who called him out? last i checked artest was banned for 60 games. So was his buddy for the pacers, his name escapes me right now... if the fan gets banned beckham should get suspended

Posted by: realgalaxyfan | July 20, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

@realgalaxy fan - Fine by me, this whole situation has been bad and every time Beckham says or does something he makes it worse. To compare this to the Artest fight though is absurd, Ron Artest was involved with an on court melee, went in to the stands and physically attacked a fan. Calling someone down from the stands is miles apart.

Posted by: dmac4 | July 20, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

The fans in the corner last night were an embarrassment to themselves, their team, and the league.

Whining about unequal punishment is just so elementary school.

Shame too, as the Galaxy really acquitted themselves very well on the field.

Posted by: JkR- | July 20, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

JkR - THE ENTIRE STADIUM BOOED BECKS... it was not just those fans, the entire stadium

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I've heard reports that the Galaxy have banned the fan, but haven't seen evidence of it. It appears that he is banned from the SG only as it says in the statement.

Posted by: sitruc | July 20, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"Please refrain from criticizing the Beckham in his natural habitat. The Beckham is an extremely sensitive animal who is unfamiliar with criticism and is likely to lash out when he is not revered in a suitably appropriate manner. Since the Beckham will be on display in other cities around the country, we recommend that authorities plan appropriately and pre-detain any people who are likely to say anything, write anything or geticulate in a manner that is not authorized by the Beckham and his keepers. Authorization in this case means having paid a suitable fee and written an encouraging letter to Mr. Cappelo praising the Beckham and his greatness."

Posted by: LostinPotomac | July 20, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

JkR - THE ENTIRE STADIUM BOOED BECKS... it was not just those fans, the entire stadium

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 7:47 PM

No, it really wasn't. There's reports all over the web today that dispute that.

Posted by: JkR- | July 20, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I think the fan deserves an honorary membership to the barra

Posted by: abrown1662 | July 20, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

LostinPotomac,

Well done. How about that reality show about the Becks and Posh mating ritual?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 20, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Great for Arena! Way to stick up for your player while simultaneously ignoring his improper conduct and squashing freedom of thought!

The LA Riot Squad will be there next year. Beckham will not. Choose wisely.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | July 20, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"Please refrain from criticizing the Beckham in his natural habitat. The Beckham is an extremely sensitive animal who is unfamiliar with criticism and is likely to lash out when he is not revered in a suitably appropriate manner. Since the Beckham will be on display in other cities around the country, we recommend that authorities plan appropriately and pre-detain any people who are likely to say anything, write anything or geticulate in a manner that is not authorized by the Beckham and his keepers. Authorization in this case means having paid a suitable fee and written an encouraging letter to Mr. Cappelo praising the Beckham and his greatness."

Posted by: LostinPotomac | July 20, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant!

Posted by: Hoost | July 20, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

A fan went where all fans everywhere know they can't go. As far as that fan is concerned, that's the beginning and end of the argument. The Riot Squad should ban him, Home Depot Center should ban him, and the local police should charge him with disturbing the peace, trespassing, or whatever this falls under. Bottom line: there is absolutely no defensible reason for the fan to do what he did.

Now, should Beckham also be in trouble? Of course he should. He incited an already upset group of fans to potentially dangerous levels. That's irresponsible, especially for the MLS player who has seen the most "hot" atmospheres as a professional. His actions are unacceptable.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 20, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

There are bigger problems currently in LA.
Alan Gordon scored against AC Milan...

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | July 20, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Well done. How about that reality show about the Becks and Posh mating ritual?
Posted by: UnitedDemon
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Didn't you watch the Today Show clips and see those ghastly Armani underwear ads?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Right on Chest!!! My thoughts exactly!!

Posted by: torrey151 | July 20, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

JrK - I was there and not in the RS section. The entire stadium booed, some let up later in the match but for the first 30 at least, it was a unfied booing.

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

AnthonyTheGreat - I know as did Bryan Jordon. I swear it was like a freaky parallel universe last night.

Seriously, it has not completely registered

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

JrK - I was there and not in the RS section. The entire stadium booed, some let up later in the match but for the first 30 at least, it was a unfied booing.

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 8:18 PM

It's on TV right now. NOT unified.

Posted by: JkR- | July 20, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Any publicity...

Posted by: Reignking | July 20, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

JkR - because being their live and seeing it on tv are somehow equal experiances?

Believe me don't believe me, I don't care. He was roundly booed for at least the first 30 minutes

They are also nothing going to show you Gattuso, Pirlo, and Zambratti working out after the match (which they didn't play in) either.

Posted by: Shanoni | July 20, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is a joke. I'm a Galaxy fan and all I care about is winning matches, winning the MLS title - and doing it in style, watching enjoyable soccer.
I've been to a lot of games at the HDC this season and the quality of soccer has been horrific to watch (even when we won or tied!) I've now watched both games Beckham has played in since he returned and have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. All I'm saying is, lets judge him on the pitch and the results, and see where we are at the end of the season, instead of getting on his back already.

Posted by: Jimmy20 | July 20, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Yep RK, well said

Me thinks someone is pulling some funny strings behind the scenes here. The book, Donovan, that quick statement from Arena today. Someone in LA/NY wants MLS on the front of sports pages, by any means necessary.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 20, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

From the official story on the mlsnet.com website, presumably written by some one who was there:
"The 34-year-old Englishman, playing in his first home game since returning from a five-month loan with the Italian powerhouse, assisted on both goals in front of a sellout crowd that greeted him with boos during pregame warmups and didn't let up throughout much of the game."

Posted by: fedssocr | July 20, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The second half has begun on FSC.

For those more interested in a replay of USA-Canada in women's soccer, that is on ESPNU.

Posted by: sitruc | July 20, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm honestly surprised that they didn't have a meeting with the supporters before his first game. Beckham should have a town hall meeting with those folks so they can talk out their gripes like adults. In fact, they should have made it part of the deal to let him stay in Milan: "if you want to stay, you're going to have to explain to the fans face-to-face."

Posted by: la2stl | July 20, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

LARS calls shenanigans on the ban, says Yahoo:

“We have yet to make any final decisions and I reiterate that at this moment we have yet to have any discussions with anybody at the Galaxy regarding this matter.”

Posted by: Section117 | July 20, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Whats going to happen: The rest of the season, every MLS club will "boo" Beckham's presence - and he will bought out by AC Milan/Man City once the MLS season has ended. He will go back to Europe and bash MLS and its fans - making a gap between european players coming to the league.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | July 20, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

fans don't come on the pitch.
players don't go into the stands.

Not that hard to understand.

Good sign about Becks; paraphrased - before and after, stick it 23 (or something like that).

Posted by: J_S_F | July 20, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Yep RK, well said

Me thinks someone is pulling some funny strings behind the scenes here. The book, Donovan, that quick statement from Arena today. Someone in LA/NY wants MLS on the front of sports pages, by any means necessary.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 20, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy! So where do his short sleeve jerseys fit into the puzzle? Does it have something to do with the 25% off sale of his merchandise? Hmmmmm. Let me guess... Pay off the Italian loan sharks who gave him the MLS "hush child" money?

If the Nerd who jumped on the field when he was invited to in LA is banned can DCU fans have an explanation of some accountability for the total sissy who threw a bottle at Wicks in Seattle when his back was turned? These support groups really should get a hold of their own, before jerks like me get drunk and throw crap at Keller when he comes to town and "wastes to much time".

Posted by: DadRyan | July 20, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

too much time
and I'm kidding about me throwing crap at keller. Might throw stuff at Sounders fans though...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | July 20, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that one poster brought up how would United fans react if Beckham were a DCU player.

I can't imagine that DCU fans would so miserably fail to understand why the move to Milan was necessary, and to be so generally childish and stupid about the whole situation.

Would DCU fans boo a DCU player for 30 minutes upon the player's return from a hugely successful stint overseas? Would they not notice or care that he raises the level of play - dramatically - of the entire squad, and that his presence has people talking about a possible league championship for a team that's been nothing but awful for three years? Would his teammates have talked smack about him to hack reporters in between sips of a girly cocktail?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, as a 14-year supporter of MLS and DCU, all I can say is, %$#@ you.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 20, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

AnthonyTheGreat-

We cannot/should not fear the great and powerful Beckham.

Godfather_of_Goals-

Stay classy.

This man has alreadly bad mouthed and ridiculed MLS, and then become furious when criticism is leveled at him (rightfully).

When a man accepts a colossal contract, the captain's armband, and the mantle of Ambassador for US soccer, he is supposed to stick it out for the club, for the league, for the fans. He did none of these things, he quit when things got tough and when his ego wasn't satisfied, and is only back on this continent because the Galaxy finally got pissed enough to make him honor at least a portion of his bloated contract when he tried to make an ungraceful exit.

He's back, and he's playing, and his crosses are still brilliant. But he deserves the boos for as long as fans can muster them.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 20, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I just flipped on the re-broadcast on FSC and noticed the short sleeves as the 3rd-jersey-obsessed DadRyan did. I think it's just another how of Beckham's utter and malevolent disregard for the Galaxy, MLS, the United States, and extra-European football.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

@Godfather_of_Goals. I must strongly disagree with you.

It was not a "girly cocktail," it was Pinot Grigio. Get your facts straight. The peach saladm on the other hand, was very girly.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 20, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Was beckham crying at half time? Go home you girl (sorry, not intend as an offense to girls.)

Yeah, Arena wrote that. Funny, Arena used to be an advocate for the league. Now his a water carrier for an entertainment company. Pathetic.

The sooner beckham's legs give out, the better for MLS. How pathetic. And good for the fans of LA. The guy's a whimp and nothing more.

Posted by: hacksaw | July 20, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

PS.
Dont use the word who-re or your post will be withheld. Substitute the W word for the word Whimp and that'll make more sense.

Posted by: hacksaw | July 20, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Uh... Hell yeah I'd boo him. He's basically gone back on every promise since he came to this side of the water, and he's been duplicitous, and disrespectful in doing so.

Hell... I'd buy the rail if I can get a crew together to help me tie him to it.

Posted by: mason08 | July 20, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Last post.

I don't think Arena wants him. Based on everything we have ever known about him. Heck, Mathis was too big an ego for him to be on even terms with, he benched him quite often.

I think this guy just wants the Beckham crazy train to pass so he can start building a decent team. It's possible. This is MLS, and the team he is coaching is not New York.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 20, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

So what if Arena don't want em? It's Arena's job to use the tools in the box, and the last thing he is going to do is NOT use the most expensive one he's got. If the guy is wiling to step onto the pitch and be play, you might as well play him. Gals could do damage with some of their offensive potency.
If the Gals fans want to hate on something that is going to work, then they're stupider than they look aren't they?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 21, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

me stupid
meant to type: if he is willing to step onto the pitch and play...
durrhhhhhhhh.uhhhhhhhhhh....
This is so much worse than TMZ on the brain..
Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | July 21, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Goldenhuevitos should be fined, especially if his actions were accurately described by the laughably named "Riot Squad"

Beck's actions were far worse than Ching's "tweet" about the refs and was seen by millions (ok, thousands) more people too.

Garber, time to grab your own huevones and fine the lilly slick turd before he goes back to Europe.

Posted by: delantero | July 21, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that one poster brought up how would United fans react if Beckham were a DCU player.

I can't imagine that DCU fans would so miserably fail to understand why the move to Milan was necessary, and to be so generally childish and stupid about the whole situation.

Would DCU fans boo a DCU player for 30 minutes upon the player's return from a hugely successful stint overseas? Would they not notice or care that he raises the level of play - dramatically - of the entire squad, and that his presence has people talking about a possible league championship for a team that's been nothing but awful for three years? Would his teammates have talked smack about him to hack reporters in between sips of a girly cocktail?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, as a 14-year supporter of MLS and DCU, all I can say is, %$#@ you.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 20, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

@Godfather - The move to Milan was necessary, for Beckham, not the Galaxy. As you pointed out he is still a quality player that raises the level of play dramatically. I'm not a LA fan, I hate those guys, but I have to admit that they would have been much better with a fit Beckham for the entire season, not just the last 12 games. That is why those fans are so pissed off at him. He held their salary cap hostage and put them in a hole with a weakened squad to start the season so that he could pursue his own interests. They needed him all year long and he decided to stay in Milan instead.

At the end of the day it is his life, he can do what he wants. If he wants to skip out on LAG in order to prepare for next year's WC that is his perogative. I can understand his prioities. Beckham just can't expect the fans whose team he put in jeopardy to be happy about it. If he would just say that he is NOT committed to the Galaxy, he is committed to his quest to make England's WC squad it would be a lot more honest. I have a hard time hearing about his commitment to MLS and the Galaxy when his actions don't back that up.

He has overcome more serious issues in the past. If he can recover from the red card in WC 1998, the benching at Real Madrid and being kicked off the England squad by McClaren he can come back from this. A start will be playing like the professional that he has been on other teams. If he shows the team some respect the fans will come around and respect him too. If he pulls any of the stunts like he did last year (blowing off attending games when he is suspended, not giving full effort) then the fans will see through it and continue to harrass him. The ending here is up to him.

Posted by: Golden_Child | July 21, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

If the Gals fans want to hate on something that is going to work, then they're stupider than they look aren't they?

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If it works, yes, they would be stupider than they look. I don't think that they'll keep giving him hell if he plays well, though. Remember, no one in LA cares about he did at MUFC or RM or for the three kitties. They care about what he has done and will do there, on the pitch, at the HDC. If he does well, I predict that they will if not embrace him, at least not give him the business every night.

If, however, Becks pulls stunts like he did last night, and doesn't deliver between the lines...

Posted by: mason08 | July 21, 2009 2:21 AM | Report abuse

A link to a new story on the subject with interviews for the LARS including the guy who jumped on the field:

http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news?slug=jo-beckham072009&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Look at the picture of Beckham. Do you think he was calling a guy over to shake his hand or to ask him to fight?

Posted by: Golden_Child | July 21, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

If only MLS had the media power to move attention away from LA and focus it on Seattle.

MLS and American soccer needs Euros like Ljungberg not Beckham. Captains who work with the $15k/year American players to improve them rather than abandoned them. Seattle is everything that’s right with MLS while LA is everything that was wrong with NASL but to the tenth power.

All my respect goes to the Riot Squad aka the only fans who will be there after the Beckham circus leaves town for the next destination. I would have sold out to Chivas years ago.

Posted by: Southeasterner | July 21, 2009 4:17 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYZk75mJ_wc

check out THEE definitive video... who's the liar??? he's not only calling the fan out, he's also clearly realizes he's being a dummy and decides to stick his hand out AFTER the guy is tackled on the floor...and do you hear any insults about his family? NO! he's lying. all i hear is someone urging him to kick someone's ass

Posted by: realgalaxyfan | July 21, 2009 4:34 AM | Report abuse

@alecw81:

"Lucky guy, doesn't have to associate with the LA Quiet Squad anymore."

I don't believe I'm wrong to point out that you aren't a regular match goer, and you are a patent hypocrite to call out supporters who actually attend every LA home game, and many away games, as deficient. You bring nothing to supporting United that gives you the authority to call out LARS.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | July 21, 2009 5:21 AM | Report abuse

@southeasterner:

"All my respect goes to the Riot Squad aka the only fans who will be there after the Beckham circus leaves town for the next destination"

Totally agree. I met some of those guys, and they're in a unique position among MLS supporters clubs: not
permitted to get away with much, but supporting a team that was reliably acceptable for years. The FO doesn't support them but (unlike Metro and Red Bull) doesn't try to shut them down, split them up, or let security beat and arrest them. And in the past, they had many important players supporting them, buying them kegs and showing up to their section and tailgates.

They're one of those groups with a complicated history. Any person active in any true MLS supporters club sees them as brothers. Poseurs who conflate their team with their team's supporters club, or who try to take credit for the hard work and "sing for 90" ethos they bring, will make foolish and uninformed insults.

LARS reached out to the ESC about organized response at the Beckham game last week, and were happy to hear about the dumping of "Beckham bucks" into the mouth of the tunnel. At MLS Cup last year, LARS organized a big postgame party for the hundreds of travelling ESC at a local park, with free beer and taco truck food, pickup soccer, and a visit by a shotgun-wielding deputies and a dozen cars from the LA County Sheriff's Department, thanks to reports of "gang activity in park, more than 500 involved." Not their fault, bur see what they're up against? Then LARS guys helped ferry ESC to their hotel, and bought beer and InO Burger for NY supporters, drinking poolside with ESC all night.

So I have total respect for LARS, who do their best with a bad situation, love their team as much as anyone, and
understand the bond that diehard MLS supporters share, regardless of team. And they, unlike anyone else associated with the Galaxy (except maybe Donovan) are holding Beckham accountable to the team that they love as much as any supporter anywhere in the world loves his or her team.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | July 21, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Where is Beckham's official statement? What does Bruce Arena have to do with any of this? He is just the manager of the players, not their advisor.

I hope this is settled quickly, it was an ugly incident. Two children getting into a fight. In the video you can clearly see Beckham was furious with the man, and who knows what would have happened if one of them made it over the sponsor board.

What's going to happen when Beckham has to take a corner kick in front of the Nordecker? Or at BMO? Both of those stadiums have fans directly behind him. The Crew fans have all ready hit linesmen and players with objects.

A statement from Beckham apologizing would put everything to rest.

Let's get on with the game.

Posted by: adamsunited | July 21, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

This is between Beckham and LA supporters, and has nothing to do with Beckham's self control and opposing fans.

The subtext is that MLS' structure and regulations are bush league, despite the league's efforts to obscure that fact by using the language of the genuine major leagues and to present itself as akin to professional soccer in other countries. That wasn't made clear to Beckham, so he told all those reporters who also didn't realize what a joke MLS truly is all of the nice things about deducation and commitment, when in reality MLS, driven by the same greed that leads owners to pay players fast food wages, wanted a piece of Beckhat at any cost to the players himself.

Players are treated in a way incommensurate to the claims of being a US major league or to a serious professional soccer league, even one in a second-tier soccer country. The league abuses commonly understood terms like "option year, "guaranteed contract," "waiver," "youth academy," and even "roster size" and "salary cap."

Frankly, the league misrepresents itself. Only a few thousand diehards in the entire country even try to understand it, yet the frauds and hucksters who run the league and its teams pretend that the structure of MLS isn't a bush league. Thus Beckham disaster has shined a light on the league's manipulation and fakery, which in turn was a betrayal of the fact of Beckham's professionalism and deducation.

So we no longer have to pretend that MLS isn't bush league. That's the good news.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | July 21, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute Golden_Child. If a player from DC United went on a loan to somewhere and came back, I would be first in line to cheer. But if that same player manipulated a change of coach, slagged off the league, tried every way possible to get out of coming home and then came over to where I was sitting and called a player to come down to the pitch, I would also be first in line to boo till I could no longer speak. It isn't the loan people are mad about. It is the way he acted before, during and after the loan that is the issue.

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 21, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

@lrg1231 - I agree, with you. That's my point. I think Beckham has performed poorly in this situation with regards to supporting the Galaxy and MLS. However, that is his choice. Now he has to live with the fact that some fans, especially the ones that really do support the Galaxy, are not behind him anymore.

Posted by: Golden_Child | July 21, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

@lrg1231: don't forget Team Beckham made Galaxy change their kit, colors and crest/shield. LARS should start wearing their old colors.

@mastodon juan: I agree with everything you say... and don't forget alecw81 likes to throw full beers at 12 year olds and brag about it..

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | July 21, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The best part of that youtube video realgalaxyfan linked to was in the comments, where are the supposedly foreign commentators/commenters just keep saying "stupid american, you should be happy you have him/you're lucky to get one good player/etc"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 21, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Mastodon- Don't take alecw81's comment so seriously. He's not guilty of anything here but some good natured trash talking. I think most DCU fans, as with most MLS fans across the league, generally have respect for the other supporters' groups. Any group who is passionate about their team through the good times and bad is ok by me, as long as they support their club through chants/songs/banners/etc as opposed to violence. But trash talking is part of the fun too, so learn to live with it.

In regards to how DC fans would treat Beckham if he were on United, I'm wondering if this might compare at all to the Santino Quaranta signing last year. A lot of us on here were hesitant about embracing him because of certain gestures he made towards the Barra when he was playing for LA. But it didn't take long for him to become a fan favorite once again.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 21, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Great job riot squad..

Mr. Godfather if Dc fans booed Diaz arce during his away circus why would we not boo Beckham.

Diaz arce did nothing to us, his fans pissed us off and some caused fights, but Arce did nothing but great stuff for UNITED, yet starting in 1999 we would boo him every time he got the ball. Now beckham has never played for united, has done nothing for united or the league. Whats worse is he talks so much smack about MLS (league that united plays in). I would be dissappointed if the whole stadium did not boo him, but thats everyones free choice. I know I will boo the hell out of him, and my banners will make him understand why we are booing.

Posted by: Norteno4life | July 21, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The funny thing about this is that the whole time I read the article I did not realize the "LA Riot Squad" was the name of the fan club for the Galaxy. For some reason I thought it had to do with LAPD and I was shocked that their "riot squad" had to get involved.

Posted by: no_recess | July 21, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

How about a boycott of Fraud games? Each of the fan groups should refuse to enter the stadium everytime Fraud comes to town. The league would rethink its position if the Barra wasn't on tv when they get The Fraud at home or if Seattle were to get their fan groups to boycott...

They can't let Fraud go without punishment.

Posted by: UniteforDC | July 21, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

DAVID BECKHAM: "I hope to come back to Milan. They stayed in my heart and sincerely I am confident we can see each other again in November. The whistles of the American crowd? Incomprehensible."

http://www.acmilan.com/NewsDetail.aspx?idNews=87772

This man must think that we're a bunch of idiots to believe his sweet little statements about how he's oh so dedicated to LA and MLS and building up soccer in the USA...

It's all a buncha bull. He deserves what he gets.

Posted by: rachel751 | July 21, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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