Ok, I'm allowed to write about Beckham today, because he sort of did something.
Having watched the goals from various cameras spread throughout the greater Carson Calif. metropolitan area, my general response is disappointment in the crowd's reaction. A nice big throaty roar, and then some milder cheering, and then some polite clapping. I mean, when will you ever have occasion to lose your mind and rip off your clothings and set your seat on fire and litter the field with various produce than when your long-injured star finally plays and scores his first American goal against the league's standard-bearing franchise in one of the few games that will mean anything for your team by using his signature maneuver? Why did it get so quiet so quick?
The Telegraph: "Fans cheered and women screamed."
San Diego: A midweek game in a new tournament that wasn't part of season-ticket packages and was scheduled only two weeks before was always going to be a tough sell. But an announced crowd of 17,223 that looked closer to 12,223 had to be a slight disappointment, considering...according to a league source, about 8,000 free tickets were distributed.
Grant Wahl: "Odd thing, American soccer. Fans fill stadiums when Beckham doesn't play and don't when he does. But this was the perfect crowd -- a real soccer crowd."
As opposed to, what, RFK last week?
Anyhow, one of dozens: