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Beckham Speaks

Here's your chance to comment on David Beckham's comments concerning Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan's comments that appear in "The Beckham Experiment."

"I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticized for my professionalism. It's important to get this cleared up and I will be speaking to Landon either this evening or over the next couple of days."

Good luck, Bruce.

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2009; 10:49 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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Aye aye aye

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 11, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes. Golden Balls' PR machine kicks into high gear. Perhaps he has not been criticized until now because it was only with the Galaxy that his professionalism and team commitment began to wobble. Keep that spine straight, Landon.

Posted by: bartapest1 | July 11, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

As soon as Landon said "I should have been a man," I forgot his performance in the Confederations Cup. Meanwhile Becky's PR tries to make it sound like he can read, but he isn't going to read the book anyways.

Posted by: sitruc | July 11, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA. Let it begin.

Posted by: redskinsux | July 11, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Wonder is Beckham is at the Super Clasico tonight?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 11, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

God speaking of people who can't read or write!
I meant: I wonder if Beckham is at the Gals/Goats game tonight?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 11, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Oy vey.

Only in L.A.

When these two get together to clear the air, they should invite Kato Kaelin...

Posted by: Juan-John | July 11, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Donovan/Beckham, Beckham/Donovan...it's tough to figure out who to hate more. I hate them both so much. Seriously though Becks, pick up the tab for those developmental players.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | July 11, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Beckham is there, in a suite with Zidane. Some sort of field building program they're doing together.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 11, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

United now tied for 2nd with Columbus and a point behind Chicago. Considering Chicago, Columbus and/or Toronto could have knocked us back into 3rd, not too bad.

Posted by: delantero | July 11, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Re: Goldenballs vs Landycakes.

I'd imagine a few well placed balls from one to the other will clear things up rather nicely. It will be interesting to see how Arena works Becks into the team again.

Posted by: delantero | July 11, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

When both were trying to secure spots early this year in Italy and Germany ... Landon was very appreciative of Becks support of him ... all positive words from the balding little man ... not a single negative comment from him.

6 months later he failed in Germany ... again ... and Becks was a success in Italy. And now the bitter little failure is spouting his poison. Jealous, anyone???

Posted by: remybal | July 11, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

remybal, the interview that led to those quotes would have come before they both went out on loan.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 11, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say Landon "failed" in Germany. He was on loan to Bayern Munich. A team who isn't exactly lacking for attacking mids/forwards.

I'm no Donovan apologizer, but he's in the right when it comes to Beckham.

Posted by: alecw81 | July 12, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I find Becky's comment ironical,
"It's unprofessional in my eyes. In every soccer player's eyes throughout the world it would be unprofessional to speak out about a teammate especially in the press and not to your face," Beckham said."

Didn't he just speak out about Donovan being unprofessional?

Posted by: J_S_F | July 12, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Chad Barret just had the chance to walk into goal after leaving Joe Cannon on the ground at the top of the box. He dribbled inside the 6, kinda in the middle.

I still half expected him to miss until it crossed the line.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 12, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Toronto is up 3-1 in San Jose

Posted by: addick | July 12, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

yes J_S_F. Yes.
I hope donovan keeps working hard, the Galaxy can all poop themselves for all I care, but I'd still be happy if Eskandarian can shine there and Landon can keep up the good work till he can get out of there.

This vacation from Beckham didn't last long enough.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 12, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh, TFC is still playing whoops. Guess we're going to be tied for 3rd now. Shi ite.

Posted by: delantero | July 12, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Donovan didn't fail anything. He's proven himself in the World Cup in Korea and in the recent Confederations Cup that he can be a game chaging player.

As much as I can't stand that he plays for the Gals, he's certainly put his stamp on his games vs United.

And he's right about Becks. But Becks picks up a fly swatter and smacks it into Landy's fivehead.

Posted by: delantero | July 12, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Well, proffessionalism isn't that great at the big clubs either. Remember Drogba? Wouldn't score unless they fired Scolari. Plus just about every moment he isn't scoring.

Also, all the trash talk that goes on, the insults on the pitch meant to inspire headbutting, diving, cheating, please Beckham, take the criticism. You heartily deserve it from our end.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 12, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

If goal is to have a player to lead your team I would easily pick Donovan over Becks. If your goal is to fill the stands with screaming 12 year old girls and Euro Trash who is better than Becks?

Seattle and Toronto have made it very clear MLS doesn't need Becks to survive.

Posted by: Southeasterner | July 12, 2009 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Come to think of this, it is like the president of Italy, after his scandals became international news, admonishing his wife for criticizing him in the press, saying that he wouldn't speak to her unless she apologized. Just a weird, indefensible sense of entitlement.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 12, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

What, are the New England hills that boring?

Posted by: Section117 | July 12, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I dont think people should be calling Becks cheap based on this. You shouldnt go out to dinner with anyone expecting your tab to be picked up, thats bad form. Having said that I think this is going to be funny as hell to watch. I might be over egging the pudding but I want to see the argy bargy bring this team to the bottom (sorry Esky).

Posted by: Gavinmgraham | July 12, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh, TFC is still playing whoops. Guess we're going to be tied for 3rd now. Shi ite.

Posted by: delantero | July 12, 2009 12:09 AM
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If that is your preferred expression of dismay, do you show delight by saying "Sunni"?

Posted by: universityandpark | July 12, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

From now on, Beckham will only pass to Chris Klein and Esky.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 12, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

If you're teammates on a professional team, and you make 503 times more than a teammate in guaranteed money alone; You pick up the tab.

I hate them both sooo much. I can't believe this makes me approve of Donovan slightly more. Damn you Becks!

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | July 12, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

This could end up being as good as Bruce v. Eric. Bruce gets blamed for 06 by Wynalda, and both end up doing MLS games together.

Posted by: Jeffreymsoltz | July 12, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Its simply. Becks comes back from a great team with a great system and luxury treatment to an mls team that does not have any of those credentials. Becks is used to the best treatment. eg. real madrid, manchester united, ac millan. He probably steps into the LA Facilties wondering wtf is this BS. He was trying to be a nice guy by promoting soccer in the USA without realizing how bad it really was. The 500,000 he makes is chump change considering he can make that in 2 to 3 weeks outside the USA. He simply made a bad choice. L.A needs to figure out how to get rid of him in a way that makes them the most money.

Posted by: g3impreza | July 12, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

forget the relative merits of MLS to beckham's other experiences. donovan's basic point stands: why did beckham want to be captain if he didn't want to act as captain? appears to me as beckham's childish desire for an additional unearned accolade.

Posted by: troy6 | July 12, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Its simply. Becks comes back from a great team with a great system and luxury treatment to an mls team that does not have any of those credentials. Becks is used to the best treatment. eg. real madrid, manchester united, ac millan. He probably steps into the LA Facilties wondering wtf is this BS. He was trying to be a nice guy by promoting soccer in the USA without realizing how bad it really was. The 500,000 he makes is chump change considering he can make that in 2 to 3 weeks outside the USA. He simply made a bad choice. L.A needs to figure out how to get rid of him in a way that makes them the most money.

Posted by: g3impreza | July 12, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break. If he really didn't know what he was getting himself into, he's dumber than I thought. Oh, by the way, the facilities in LA are pretty nice.

Posted by: Hoost | July 12, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Plus you're not being a "nice guy" if you are getting payed over a hundred million dollars to do said action. Plus he hijacked the team management, and made his own whims legally binding. It seems like he just wants more than European papers to be talking about him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 12, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticized for my professionalism."

I think that's the problem -- this isn't the biggest club in the world. It isn't even the biggest club in MLS. His adjustment to his new awful team was more difficult than he imagined, and it seems that he shut down.

Posted by: Reignking | July 12, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"Beckham Speaks"

I like his GEICO ads better than the Caveman ones.

Reignking: This one's for you.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 12, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Landon’s views about Beckham may well be right, and perhaps he was speaking for all his teammates – the role of the captain. On the other hand, even the captain at Barca did not speak out when Ronaldhino was out partying every night and, reputedly, using drugs and getting out of shape; because the captain is the captain for ALL of the player. And yes, you can say that Beckham was wrong to say anything about Landon publicly

Still, Beckham only commented on Landon’s attack on him, in a circumstance in which refusing to comment could also be bad. He did not comment on Landon himself.

And in this sense, he was pretty gentle on Landon. He could have said, who is this little pipsqueak, who has repeatedly failed get a starting role on each of his tries to play outside the MLS, and most recently couldn't even get a contract, to talk about what sort of teammate I am? What does he know about being a teammate on a top team? This pipsqueak who is a leader on this team, yeah, because he likes to be the big fish in a very, very small pond, can’t or won't play well unless he is "happy" which means living near the beach in California. This pipsqueak who either doesn’t have the ability to perform consistently at the highest level, or isn’t /willing work hard day after day to hold on a job at that level. That is the commitment to teammates that matters most -- we work for each other ON THE FIELD.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when they talk in private. I hope Landon has his groveling apology ready.

Posted by: fentysupporter | July 12, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought I was the only one who thought the GEICO gecko sounded an awful lot like a certain English midfielder.

Speaking of insurance ads...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 12, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

He could have said, who is this little pipsqueak...
Posted by: fentysupporter
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He did, very diplomatically.

"But in 17 years, I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticized for my professionalism." David Beckham

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 12, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Difference between MLS and NASL:

MLS has soap operas. Really, they do.

Posted by: Ron16 | July 12, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy the professionalism of Beckham either, not after the Beckham crossing camp. He's going to charge his own teammates to show them how to cross. Nice guy.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | July 12, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If Beckham really meant what he said and didn't want to be a hypocrite, he should have declined to comment and said that it was a private matter and that he would be taking it up with Donovan personally. Beckham comes off pretty snide in the way he takes swipes at Donovan, implying that because Donovan and the Galaxy are not among the biggest clubs and players at the world, then Beckham is above reproach. Seems like DB could teeter on alienating even those 12-year-old girls who are his core support here in the USA.

Posted by: fed-up-united | July 12, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It smells of sexual tension between them if you ask me...

Posted by: alan19 | July 12, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Beckham needs to read (if he can read) about Pele's experience in 1975-77 with the NY Cosmos. The 3-time world champion came to the US and played in far more amateur conditions than MLS. He was a gentleman that played every game hard and was loved by his new semipro teammates.

Posted by: joeshoulders | July 12, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Beckham needs to read the book.

Chris Klein, Greg Vanney, and Alan Gordon all had less than stellar things about Beckham, basically after Ruud "stepped down" as Galaxy coach.

Beckham talks about how much he wants to elevate MLS and soccer in the US. But, actions speak louder than words.

Beckham may be the highest paid player in LA. But, Donovan is the most productive player in LA.

Posted by: jamesweise | July 12, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@joeshoulders -- or he needs to see "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos." That team had bigger stars on it than just about any of Beckham's other club squads. The Cosmos went from playing on Randalls Island to the Meadowlands reeeeeeal quick.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 12, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say Donovan?

"First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is..."

Posted by: cow_pasture | July 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Just because Becks hasn't "been criticized for [his] professionalism" doesn't mean it hasn't been a problem. I'll venture to say it's been talked about before, it's just never been made public.

Considering the step-down he took to go to the Galaxy, I'd bet the eurosnobbery was an unconscious, subversive issue in his psyche. No matter what he told the press, I feel in my heart that he felt like he was lowering himself to come to MLS and the Galaxy. That sort of attitude is bound to leak out in some way.

Posted by: DrBeaker | July 12, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Landon Donovan is a jealous little man in all respects. He thought he was the King of the Galaxy until Beckham came along. Nobody will remember Donovan as a great player ... can you honestly see him playing for Man U, Real Madrid, or AC Milan ... he couldn't even cut it in Germany ... a third rate little man.
If the MLS want to attract top international players they should get rid of guys like Donovan who can only make it in the MLS.

Posted by: jcurson | July 13, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of what Donovan said, the onus is on Beckham to prove he was worth the risk LA Galaxy & MLS took on signing him to a $250 million dollar contract. I think a true professional would care that his employers got their money's worth. So far, Beckham has done precious little for the team and the league.

Posted by: Brokenbil | July 13, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Brokenbil: I am no Beckham fan but Dude I take serious issue with your claim that God's Gift has "done precious little" for the league. Have you seen any scenes from the travelling circus or did you have the chance to attend the two RFK games that he appeared in?

I'd say that the HUGE one day bumps in attendance and the paparrazi type attention that the league has received directly because of Beckham being brought in is more than "precious little". before he went away on loan, he did about all that he can marketing-wise.

He has given MLS more than it's money worth. AEG is another story but they rolled the dice so they have to live with how it pans out.

Posted by: yankiboy | July 13, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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