Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Galaxy comes David Beckham!

David Beckham USA Info

Update - Photos of David Beckham out biking in the South of France today are in the gallery. Becks took his personal trainer, Paul Winsper, the former Newcastle United conditioning coach, with him on holiday.

A week from today David Beckham will be officially presented as a Los Angeles Galaxy player so I thought now was a good time for a US info re-cap.

David Beckham's planned US Schedule

July 12 - according to media reports David Beckham is expected to arrive in Los Angeles.

July 13 - David Beckham will be officially presented as a Los Angeles Galaxy player at 10am LA time. The press conference will be streamed live via The presentation will be open to the press and season-pass holders but not to the public.

July 16 - David Beckham is expected to train with the team for the first time. Training sessions may not be open to the public. Check with the club directly before making the trip.(Source)

July 19 - All-Star match against Celtic FC will be held in Commerce City, Colorado. David Beckham is expected to attend but not to actually play. (Source)

July 21 - David Beckham is expected to make his LA Galaxy Debut against Chelsea FC. Television coverage of Becks debut game will be as follows -

(Source) ESPN's coverage will kick off at 6 p.m. EDT with "SportsCenter" and an extra half-hour at 7 p.m. that will focus exclusively on Beckham. It will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by "David Beckham: New Beginnings," an hour long documentary about the soccer star. (I don't know if this is the name of the ITV documentary being made or something else). A half-hour pregame show will be hosted by Rob Stone and analyst Julie Foudy.

The match begins at 9 p.m. on ESPN with play-by-play announcer Dave O'Brien plus analysts Eric Wynalda and Tommy Smyth and sideline reporter Allen Hopkins. Reggie Bush, Becks recent co-star from the Adidas Futbol meets Football campaign will also be in the booth. ESPN said there will be 19 cameras, including a skycam, robotic goal cams and super slo-mo shots. There also will be a camera isolating Beckham's actions during the match as well, which will be available on also will have coverage.

Throughout the week leading up to Beckham’s debut, ESPN will also present news, interviews, opinion and analysis surrounding Beckham’s move to MLS. there will undoubtedly be a lot of coverage which I'll post about as and when I hear details.

The LA Galaxy schedule for the rest of the season can be viewed online here.


a.k.a. Zooomabooma said...

You probably shouldn't encourage anyone to buy Los Angeles Herbalife jerseys... it would be better to tell MLS that corporate logos on jerseys is NOT welcome. MLS needs to know that they're starting to look like a joke and many people are not going to take them seriously if they're going to advertize on players chests. That is not how to gain fans.

mosoccergroup said...

Advertising is a free market commodity. Announcing a product or an article of trade and commerce, as distinguished from a service via public medium of communication to induce people to buy or use their commodity is a good thing. Thus calling attention to their product and provide public information. Aesthetically, not having a corporate logo is clean and neat, however realize that increased advertising are sign of the times and there should only be one top tier sponsor on a jersey and not the 'Mickey Mouse' thing you see in European kits. And corporate logo's will happen whether we like it or not and furthermore if the extra revenue was used for a righthanded shot with "sniper" credentials, just imagine how much less expensive a ticket would be today if the owners didn't make millions. Comments found throughout re: corporate logos on jerseys.