Discussion in 'San Jose Earthquakes' started by Kaitlyn, Mar 27, 2023.
American soccer was against artificial turf long before it became an NFL problem (sunjournal.com)
Sorry to hear that, my condolences.
And MLS already knows that plan worked with Beckham, so yeah, they conspired to repeat it with Messi (Hey, which one is the sarcasm emoji?)
Fk, you know me so well!
OMG Kaitlyn, that is beyond awful. I can’t even imagine what you are going thru. Hope your soul can get to a better place soon.
(I wish BS had hearts and prayers emojis…)
Cell phone video footage says different.
You can see him yelling he was robbed and stabbed, they took his phone, wallet and backpack, and that he just took the knife out of his arm and takes a step forward and gets lit up with bullets.
Theres lots of video footage that my friends family has and was turned over to their lawyer. Typical corruption from the pigs in blue.
Really really sad stuff its got me really messed up.
The justice system, all its parts are just as corrupt. There aint no honest judge, lawyer or cop.
Oh geez, that is crazy. I’m so sorry, Kaitlyn.
I also apologize that I can’t watch videos like that…
Lionel Messi to miss next Miami game
by Paul Kennedy @pkedit,
Lionel Messi returned to action on Wednesday for Inter Miami after missing the last two games, the 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City while on national team duty with Argentina and the 5-2 loss at Atlanta United while resting a leg injury.
He had to leave the game before halftime.
Messi exited in the 37th minute of the Herons' match with Toronto FC. It was 0-0 when he left, but Miami went on to win, 4-0, in a boost for its MLS playoff hopes.
But Messi and former Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba, who also came off in the first half against Toronto after missing the Atlanta match, won't play on Sunday when Inter Miami plays at Orlando City.
“There is no chance for them to play the Orlando match," Miami coach Tata Martino said after Wednesday's game, "but I do not think there is anything serious or muscle injuries. I think it is just fatigue.”
Messi came off late in Argentina's opening World Cup 2026 qualifier after scoring the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Buenos Aires.
“The scans he had with the national team, they didn’t show any injury," Martino said. "We still saved him [didn't play him against Atlanta] to be safe."
By not playing Messi and Alba against Orlando City, Inter Miami will hope they will be ready for the U.S. Open Cup final at home next Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo.
The win over Toronto FC moved Inter Miami ahead of the New York Red Bulls into 13th place.
Only one of the five teams ahead of the Herons in the Eastern Conference playoff race when the day began won on Wednesday. FC Charlotte blew a 2-0 lead against Philadelphia, conceding the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time.
When play broke for the Leagues Cup in July, the Herons had gone 11 games without a win in league play and had the worst record of all 29 teams in MLS, sitting 12 points below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference.
With Wednesday's results, Inter Miami is just five points below the playoff line with two games in hand on ninth-place D.C. United.
Remaining games (6+1):
Sept. 24. at Orlando City. Sept. 27. Houston (U.S. Open Cup final). Sept. 30. NYCFC. Oct. 4. at Chicago. Oct. 7. FC Cincinnati. Oct. 18. Charlotte FC. Oct. 21. at Charlotte FC.
Still some confusion over whether Messi has some sort of general “muscle fatigue” or if it’s something specific in one leg. This makes it sound like it’s the latter.
“It was not immediately clear whether Messi was injured or simply fatigued. Even Martino seemed a bit uncertain. Martino, speaking at his postmatch news conference, called it "a scar from an old injury that’s bothering him.”
Messi initially felt the discomfort two weeks ago toward the end of Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador. He then sat out a second qualifier five days later in Bolivia.”
For someone who doesn't believe in the Great Man principle, you sure can't stop talking about him!
if you’ll notice I post a lot about stuff in general on this forum. Since Don Graber has made the league Messi League Soccer, seems like Messi’s injury status is a big deal, and the information about it has been vague and inconsistent.
Garber has or MLS Marketing Department and Apple have?
All part of the same thing...
Any ideas as to why there’s no sign of Messi , Busquets and Alba on the bench or in the stadium ??
Surely if they’re being rested they should at least be there watching and offering support !?!
I only watched a sliver of the game and didn't realize they weren't on the bench. That's really odd considering how close the Orlando is.
Everyone else seem to think I was crazy for even mentioning it ..
Why? Mota, Jean, Fray, Gregore, Azcona, Hendersson, Negri, Morales and Jensen didn't travel either.
Are those expected or required to travel because of who they are? We don't take everyone to Los Angeles or Portland and thats close. Should Nathan be at those games or is he not in the same category as the Miami-3 thus making it wired?
Looking at the standings, at this point I'd be a little surprised if Miami doesn't make the playoffs. They are only 0.08 PPG away from 9th place. There are a lot of teams between them and 9th place, but their PPG is also below the 9th place team's (NYCFC), and which team would you bet on increasing their PPG in the last 4-5 games?
Yesterday they played without Messi, without Alba, without Busquets, and even w/o Farias until 70' or so, and they still played Orlando pretty even on the road (and Orlando has the 2nd best record in MLS). I think they'll make up the ground in the last 5 games. They play a weak NYCFC at home, a weak Charlotte team twice, a bad Chicago team, and Cincinnati at home.
If they make the playoffs it will probably be lots of games on the road, and although they'll be a handful there's a pretty decent chance they go out in one of those games, say against Atlanta, Philly, or Columbus
Wednesday, September 27, 2023Lionel Messi is David Beckham's wish fulfilled
by Andrea Canales
In 2005, I had a premonition that David Beckham was going to play in Major League Soccer. At the time, he was in the Carson, California, stadium to play against the Los Angeles Galaxy as a member of Real Madrid. Most of the Galacticos on the Madrid squad seemed uninterested in doing anything more than the bare minimum for the preseason friendly game. But Beckham, with an earnest, if slightly shy grin, answered question after question from the media in the mixed zone area after the game.
It was easy to see that Beckham didn’t have the disdain for the American press and the emerging pro soccer scene that some of his Real Madrid teammates did. He seemed curious about its potential. “He’s going to play in MLS,” I thought.
Two years later, he did.
Beckham struggled with his transition to the Galaxy in 2007 and for a time after. He even left the team in 2010 to go on loan to AC Milan in order to ensure his England place, before finally winning two MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy in 2011 and 2012, his final year with the club. But in that time, Beckham unquestionably put MLS on the sporting map like never before.
In 2006, I had a similar premonition about Lionel Messi coming to MLS one day as well, though for a different reason.
Barcelona’s young star had wrapped up a press conference at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey ahead of yet another preseason friendly. I filed a story from the workroom allotted to the press and walked toward the main lobby to leave. The elevator doors opened and out stepped Messi, wearing an oversized T-shirt, baggy shorts, and adidas slides with socks, looking for all the world like any other tourist.
I watched as he meandered through the lobby and out to the pool area, without anyone showing him any sign of recognition. Messi, who had seemed politely guarded answering questions in the presser only an hour before, appeared utterly relaxed, enjoying his anonymity. “He’s going to move to the U.S. at some point,” I thought.
Seventeen years later, here’s Messi in MLS on Inter Miami, a team that played its first game in 2020 and is partly owned by Beckham.
So far, with the Leagues Cup trophy in hand, the Open Cup final still to play for and a once-improbable playoff spot within reach, Messi joining Inter Miami has been successful. Part of the reason could well be because Beckham’s own tenure wasn’t initially so, and he’s looked out for Messi based on that.
Beckham, who was shown on video moved to tears by Messi’s first goal, a game-winning free kick against Cruz Azul, helped pave the way for Messi’s success by applying the lessons of his own MLS tenure. It’s almost as if Beckham was watching — with complete satisfaction, not jealousy — Messi live out an MLS dream start that the England midfielder had wanted for himself years ago.
David Beckham joined the LA Galaxy in 2007 to much fanfare but the Englishman underwhelmed in his first few years. In 2011 and 2012, he helped the Galaxy to back-to-back MLS titles.
The official on-site announcement of Beckham to the Galaxy took place on a sunny day, while Messi’s presentation at Inter Miami’s stadium was delayed by a driving storm. Weather contrasts aside, it was Beckham in 2007 who was battling an ankle injury that would affect his playing time for the rest of his first season. Messi has been healthy, albeit fatigued at times due to a heavy schedule of games in three competitions at once, in addition to international duties with Argentina.
On the business end of things, Messi’s playing deal was made possible because he not only has, like Beckham did in an unprecedented arrangement back in his playing days, a cut from every MLS jersey bearing his name that is sold, but Messi also reportedly gets a percentage of Apple TV MLS sign-ups. Messi also has a deal for an MLS ownership stake where the details are still under wraps (though we do know it’s not the exact arrangement Beckham had, where his ownership price for Inter Miami was capped at $25 million).
On the field, the Galaxy had their own stars when Beckham joined, namely Cobi Jones and Landon Donovan, but neither were players who understood and meshed with Beckham’s game like Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba do with Messi. Their signings have been crucial to Messi’s success, with both players helping set up Messi goals.
Though Beckham tried for a few years to run a namesake academy on the Galaxy’s home ground, the system structure needed for true youth development didn’t exist in the league at the time. It does now, with every MLS team running top-level training and reaping the benefits of young players advancing through the ranks. Messi’s two oldest sons, Thiago and Mateo, play for Inter Miami’s academy teams, while their dad plays with Benjamin Cremaschi, an 18-year-old academy product of Argentine descent now making an impact with the first team.
Perhaps most importantly, while Beckham endured a volatile coaching situation at the Galaxy, where Frank Yallop wilted in the aftermath of the marquee signing and Ruud Gullit proved to be an expensive failure, before Bruce Arena finally righted the ship, Inter Miami has been solid in the coaching department right from the start of Messi’s MLS tenure. Tata Martino not only has MLS coaching experience from his stint with Atlanta United, but he’s also the closest version of what Alex Ferguson once was to Beckham that Messi has in his own playing history. Beckham was willing to push aside his old friend, Phil Neville, for the coach who was an ideal fit for Messi.
Even personal details Beckham has attended to, like inviting Messi’s family out to dinner with his own and taking on some of the publicity and press load, show a consideration on Beckham's part to make sure that Messi’s transition to the U.S. goes as smoothly as possible.
Beckham, whose upcoming documentary shows some of the trials and tribulations he’s gone through in his career, has been able to apply the lessons learned from his blockbuster arrival in 2007 to help make Messi’s own game-changer addition to the league, over a decade later, a resounding triumph.
Zinedine Zidane is in the building to watch the U.S. Open Cup final.
Unfortunately, he won’t get to see Lionel Messi playing tonight.
Ray Hudson in the broadcast booth! Love it. "He was as cool as a polar bear's back". Someone please ask him about Tom Cruise .
His voice is a little higher and weaker than what I remember from his days doing Quakes games in 2005, but he's still got it!
Gotta love Ray Hudson!