Total 90: American Football News for Aug. 16

Joe GSenior Writer IAugust 17, 2009

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 15:  Jovan Kirovski #9 of the Los Angeles Galaxy reacts as referee Ricardo Salazar holds up the red card to David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy after a studs up tackle by Beckham on Peter Vagenas #8 of Seattle Sounders FC in the first half during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on August 15, 2009 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

David Beckham, David Beckham, David Beckham. He truly is the foulest, dirtiest footballer this planet has ever seen. He was shown a red card in the 17th minute of Los Angeles' match this week against Seattle, but if you ask me, it should be a lifetime ban.

Wait, sorry. I was channeling the spirit of a complete and utter buffoon, quite possibly the same spirit that briefly possessed referee Ricardo Salazar in the moments before he awarded the red card.

Becks was shown red for this challenge. Feel free to judge for yourselves, but we here at Total 90 see the call as a miscarriage of justice. That should've been a yellow card and a stern warning, nothing more.

Oh well, just another case of terrible officiating in CONCACAF.

Beckham's red card was just the latest in a string of bad luck for Los Angeles this week. Star striker and receding hairline model Landon Donovan was diagnosed with swine flu, allegedly contracted from some Galaxy staffers who had come down with the virus. It's an unfortunate blow, but luckily Donovan is expected to recover fully.

With all the doom and gloom of the opening paragraphs, it might be time for some good news before we launch back into the depressing stuff.

Clint "Deuce" Dempsey has extended his contract with Fulham through the 2012-2013 season. Dempsey's current deal was set to expire at the end of this season, so Fulham locked up one of their key players for a couple more seasons. Deuce played a very important role in helping Fulham qualify for Europe last season, scoring seven times.

Alright, back to the downers...

Jozy Altidore's exciting move to Hull City has been delayed due to some work permit issues. Altidore twittered (tweeted?) the news from the U.S. on Saturday—"Bad news, guys. Still in the States trying to sort things out with my work permit. There is a lil more work that has to be done," Altidore said.

It's a strange development, because last week Hull had reported on their website that Altidore had been granted a work permit. But, since Altidore hasn't appeared in 75 percent of the US' matches over the past two years, there seems to have been a snag in the process.

Perhaps this is the footballing gods telling Bob Bradley that the only way to develop Jozy is to play him as often as possible!

Altidore should eventually be granted a work permit because he appeared in all 10 of the United States' matches this year prior to the Gold Cup and clearly figures into the immediate plans of the U.S. Men's National Team.

Fresh from scoring the U.S.' only goal in the Azteca, Charlie Davies scored a second-half brace for Sochaux in just his second Ligue 1 appearance.

You can watch the highlights here, and as an added bonus (if you're an Arsenal fan still hoping for another summer transfer), you can watch a Marouane Chamakh brace as well.

And lastly, in a bit of news that will certainly work wonders with regards to helping MLS ditch its reputation as a retirement home for Europeans, 84-year old Pavel Nedved—that's football years, he's actually 36—has hinted that he might like to give football a try in America.

"The future? Me and my family would like to experience America," he was quoted as saying.

"I spoke to [Czech Republic coach] Ivan Hasek and promised that I would consider coming back. However, first I have to start playing somewhere, then I can think about the national team."

I would strongly urge the MLS brass to fight their instincts and refuse Mr. Nedved's services. He's old and wouldn't be sticking around for too long. Plus, he and Freddie Ljungberg would probably kill each other racing for the dried prunes at suppertime.

Sources: ESPNSoccernet,, Soccer America


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