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Great Moments in US Soccer Hair #3: Clint Mathis

More than anything, the World Cup is a showcase for crazy hair. Players from across the globe break out the new dos for the sporting world’s biggest event. Whether it’s Ronaldo in 2002, Beckham at any of the last three tournaments, or the entire Romanian team in 1998, it always makes for interesting viewing.

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Jumping on the anti-Beckham bandwagon

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There's something sarong about Becks' attitude

I know this isn’t US Soccer related, but I find this situation pretty annoying.  David Beckham abandoned his team for half a season.  Instead of admitting he did so in order to achieve his personal goals, he tried to deflect heat by claiming all other players in his situation would have chosen the same path.  Then he blamed Capello for telling him he had to do it.  Now he has explicitly stated that he intends to do it again next year.  What a joker.

The LA Riot Squad were completely right to paint this guy as a villain.  While it wrong of one of the hecklers to jump out of the stands, it was even worse for a player–especially one who claims to be the consummate professional–to call him out, especially during a game.  The league has lost a lot of credibility for not issuing a ban and fine for the incident.  You cannot tell me that they wouldn’t have taken action if Alan Gordon were the player in question.

Perhaps Donovan was wrong to speak so openly to Wahl about his teammate, but Becks has exhausted any drop of sympathy he miraculously elicited on his return to LA.  Trying to play for one’s national team is no crime.  Seeking out top-level soccer isn’t, either.  But Beckham’s claims of commitment to LA, its fans, and the growth of soccer in America are quite simply lies.  For that, Beckham doesn’t deserve any good will–he deserves every taunt Galaxy fans are willing to dish out.

Donovan loaned to Bayern Munich

Landon knows to hydrate before long trips overseas

Landon knows to hydrate before long trips overseas

Bayern Munich have secured the services of Landon Donovan…at least temporarily.  Similar to teammate David Beckham’s loan deal with A.C. Milan, Landon’s spell with the club will begin January 1st and end in March–in time for the new MLS season.  But unlike the Beckham deal, it seems like there’s a possibility that the loan will be extended or, perhaps, made permanent.  The Galaxy have stated that they don’t want to let Donovan go, but if he impresses during his three-month loan, I think he’ll see his dream of returning to European soccer fulfilled.  And despite what the Galaxy may think, Donovan’s departure would be best for all parties.  No, they won’t be able to replace a player like him, but do they really need to?  A few competent defenders could go a long way for that club (and no more thirty-something ex-US Nats).  That’s all I’ll say about that–this is, after all, a US Soccer blog.