As Charleston celebrates, a Dynamo player tries futilely to keep his head from exploding.
I was going to write something about this today but the leprechauns over at the Belfast Telegraph beat me to it.
"Amid all the Hollywood hysteria that attends his presentation at the Home Depot Center tomorrow, consider this - almost 3,000 miles away, on a Virginia student campus, the same players he hopes to inspire were beaten 1-0 by the Richmond Kickers, before a crowd of less than 5,000."
You can read the entire, typically brutal & British piece here . I wasn't thinking so much about Beckham per se but the glare that he's brought to the league right now; With 3 MLS clubs (Houston, DC United, and LA) getting ousted from Open Cup play by USL sides, what does that say about the quality of the leagues? For the USL this is one of the best things that could happen to them, aside from signing Ronaldinho's secret love child . For MLS, what does it say when the mighty D.C. United is bested by a Harrisburg…a USL 2 team? Or that the defending champion Houston Dynamo got handed a shit sandwich from Charleston? I'm not trying to hate, I'm just saying that these are the the things that don't need to happen if MLS is to lose the perception that it is a "Mickey Mouse league" (and I won't even broach the topic of football lines in New York, New England and KC for nationally televised games).
Also of note is the fact that Richmond played LA at home and drew less than 5K. Sure Beckham isn't with the team yet but this is A) an MLS side that has seen their name in print more in the past 6 months than it has in the past 6 years, and B) still counts the likes of Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones and Abel Xavier amongst it's ranks. Most USL 1 sides can bring that many people in for a league game…shouldn't His Ginger Majesty's "Superclub" outdo that easily?