You know what happens when you get two professional athlete pals together for an interview? This happens. Two minutes of schmoozing complete with questions like: so, tell me about boogie boarding? SAY WHAT?
How about you tell me something interesting like your true relationship with Landon Donovan. How it felt when he bicycle kicked your face in a book early on before you guys settled in as teammates? Has Posh Spice ever smiled? Bro, where are you playing next year?? (Oh, she did ask that? Disregard.)
Alex Morgan isn’t the only pro who’s into yoga. New England Revolution defender AJ Soares has made it an important part of his game day routine. Though, once the match starts he’s far from peaceful.
In his Own the First Move segment, Soares shows us a side that contrasts the likes of Fredy Montero and Brek Shea, but then, every player is different. Soares prefers peaceful preparation early, before gearing up for match chaos!
Well, it looks like we won’t have Beck Spice to kick around anymore. At least, not in the MLS. The LA Galaxy icon has announced that the upcoming MLS Cup will be his last game in the league. It’s been a great run. Not for Beckham, but for us. We’ve squeezed every last bit of joke juice out of the ol’ Becks but now it’s time to move into a new phase.
Before we do, though, let’s look back at Beckham’s top 3 MLS moments as told by 91st Minute.
Last fall, Nick DeLeon was gearing up for the NCAA Tournament with Louisville.
Just a year later, the rookie midfielder delivered for his pro club, D.C. United, scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory to advance to the MLS Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls.
It was another bizarre encounter like last Saturday’s game, featuring two red cards, and a made penalty that didn’t count — don’t believe me? Just watch the highlights.
Oh, yeah, and don’t forget to watch Bill Hamid LOSE HIS MIND after the jump.
There are certain lasting MLS traditions: the MLS Cup, for example; the Seattle Sounders having awesome fans, and the annual speculation about David Beckham retiring. The guy’s been in the league for five years but somehow it feels like 40. Everyone is in such a hurry to put his career in perspective but we never quite get the chance because he keeps showing up for work each year.
Anyway, the Galaxy made sure we won’t put Becks out to pasture for at least another couple games. Somehow they managed to beat the league’s top team, San Jose, 3-1 and advance to the West Final. Robbie Keane was brilliant and Landon Donovan’s spirit even made a cameo and joined his body for a change.
So, yeah, the LA Galaxy held the most potent team in the MLS (San Jose) to a scoreless tie for 90-plus minutes then gave up a free kick goal to Victor Bernardez in extra time (at 6:25 in highlight).
David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Bruce Arena and the rest of ‘em collectively threw up in their mouths. They also likely blew up their season, now needing to beat the league’s top team by two goals in San Jose – a place the Earthquakes don’t really lose much.
There’s never a shortage of a spectacle when MLS rivals D.C. United and New York Red Bulls matchup, and Saturday night was no different – although it wasn’t for a series of breathtaking goals.
Instead, the 1-1 between the two rivals featured a missed penalty kick, a red card for throwing the ball at the ref, and a pair of own goals in what was an extremely entertaining game despite a lack of sharpness from both teams in the final third.
Making its first appearance in MLS postseason play since 2007, D.C.’s inexperience showed, as Chris Pontius missed a first half penalty, Roy Miller and Bill Hamid both scored own goals, before Andy Najar chucked a ball at a referee to earn a red card.
“Andy’s a young kid and he made a young mistake,” D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen said after the game. “I thought [referee] Jair [Marrufo] let it boil up a bit. He made some tough calls against us, but it’s no excuse to react that way. We’ll adjust – it’s what we have been doing all year.”
The result slightly favors New York going into the second leg of the two-game series, a task that Olsen thinks that it’s a doable task.
“We should have won this game tonight, but 1-1, I’m OK with it,” he said. “They are a beatable team, that’s for sure. Ultimately, I’m a little disappointed we didn’t win because I thought we played well enough to get a result.”