May 12, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT
Here’s what happens when things get desperate: You lose options.
In a perfect world for the Galaxy, David Beckham could sit out Saturday’s contest in Montreal. The surface, in a word, is terrible.
But he apparently will play today, when officials of Major League Soccer’s newest side expect to break a city attendance record. The Impact set the mark in March when 58,912 saw the club’s home opener.
Beckham has a big distaste for passing and trapping on the best versions of artificial turf. The former England captain sat out notoriously, for instance, two weeks ago against Seattle. That decision was mostly about the Galaxy’s packed schedule, but the desire to dodge fake grass surely contributed to the call.
Seattle’s turf is a FIFA approved version, much better than what they have inside Olympic Stadium (which is a temporary stopover pending the completion of Stade Saputo in June; the Impact’s permanent home ground will include a natural grass field.)
That playing surface really is atrocious. It’s more like old-school artificial turf laid over a concrete floor. Portland Timbers coach John Spencer called the field “horrendous.”
And yet, Beckham is on board, apparently. Why? Because the Galaxy are beginning to be desperate for points, hoping not to fall too far behind in the West.
“I think any player would express concern over playing on the turf,” Beckham said after training on the Olympic Stadium surface Friday. “But at the end of the day when you’re in the game you don’t think about anything else. I’ll be fine.”
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Apr 18, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT
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Apr 18, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT
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Apr 18, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT
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Apr 18, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
Seventy-seven percent of this weekend’s Bundesliga results are in the books, and Germany is still waiting for its first upset.
Apr 18, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney felt his team did enough to top Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but the score line says otherwise.
Apr 18, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT
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Apr 18, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
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Apr 18, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT
United stays third, one point behind second-place Arsenal.
Apr 18, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT
Arsenal had 71 percent possession as late as the 80th minute, but the score remained deadlocked at one.
Apr 18, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT
Have Saints’ faint top four hopes been all but ended?
Apr 18, 2015, 1:25 PM EDT
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Apr 18, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT
Potters stage second half comeback to stun Saints.
Apr 18, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT
Palace’s table charge is momentarily halted, as Alan Pardew’s boys sit 11th with 42 points.
Apr 18, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT
Toffees five unbeaten, send Clarets bottom of the table.
Apr 18, 2015, 11:53 AM EDT
Leicester is even with 17th place Hull on points and a single point behind Sunderland, with a match in hand on both.
Apr 18, 2015, 11:40 AM EDT
James Morrison had scored in the second minute for the Baggies’ first tally.
Apr 18, 2015, 11:34 AM EDT
It’s a big one, folks, with the two of the Premier League’s best tangling at Stamford Bridge.
Apr 18, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT
The FA has switched things around and will still give the kid a chance to walk onto the Wembley pitch before an upcoming England match.
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