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Video: David Beckham booed on LA Galaxy return

Americans show their (lack of) appreciation for want-away star

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When David Beckham first played at New York’s Giants Stadium in 2007, an impressive 66,237 soccerball lovers turned up to see what the fuss was all about. Two years on, and just 23,238 turned up at the huge arena to welcome the England star on his return to the MLS.

As expected, large portions of the dwindled home crowd booed the returning star (well, either that or they were saying “BOOOOECKHAM!” in some sort of bizarre New Jersey accent), and it is quite audible in the video above during his 70th minute substitution.

Aside from a couple of good long range goals and some piss poor defending MLS-style defending, our favourite part of this video is the commentator’s reaction to Landon Donovan’s strike – skip to [1.53] to hear a completely non ironic “EEAAAYYEEEEEESSSS!”

[Video: 101GG]


12 responses so far
  • Danny // July 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    It looked like a good game, but I don’t think I could have sat through two hours of listening to that announcer yammer on.

  • Bret // July 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    British arrogance at it’s finest.

  • shay // July 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    They were chanting “F**k You Beckham” as they held up middle fingers for good measure. In case the chant was too subtle.

  • David // July 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Yea I know, shay. Where do US fans get off with such immaturity? Never happens in Europe, does it?

  • shay // July 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I thought it was pretty funny myself.

  • David // July 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Just trying to get their point across, apparently. Beckham (leaving to Milan for good): “Point taken”.

  • Dirt // July 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Funny how Birchall came for Becks and immediately put his stamp on the game. Say what you want about Donovan but he clearly is the best “player” on the Galaxy.

  • He's 100% Phony Hype Folks!!!! // July 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Yep! He came to a recession hit U.S.A with his equally over-hyped wife with the sole and shameless intent of milking as many easy Dollars from what he thought was a gullible American cash cow. He’s been sussed!

  • Jason // July 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    >Two years on, and just 23,238 turned up at the huge arena to welcome the England star on his return to the MLS.

    Well, it’s not like the Red Bulls are worth watching. 10 points in 20 matches this season, propping up the rest of the league, and the mother ship in Salzburg has said they’re not going to make a management change during the season. They’re 7 points adrift of New England for 6th (out of 7 teams) in their group, despite having played 6 more games.

  • peteyboi07 // July 20, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Bret – Get off your horse you sad fucking dumb yank.

    Americans know nothing about football. There fans are shit. You can’t expect to buy a big star in to attract attenion to the team and not expect him to act like a big star.

    Grow up.

  • Dirt // July 20, 2009 at 4:08 am

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/soccer/07/19/becks.booed.ap/index.html?eref=si_soccer

    No love for Becks in LA.

  • James HOLLOWAY // July 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Does anyone know Beckham is one of the greatest folltballers of all time. If you want to play for your home country in his case England you have to keep up with class players. This is why Beckham went to Milan for a short time so he can be picked for the England team.

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