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Major Link Soccer - The Friendlies Continue Edition

The soccer continued around the league while the Seattle Sounders had a much deserved weekend off.  It was generally an exciting, and high scoring weekend around the league.  Thierry Henry picked up his 11th goal of the season and now leads the golden boot race.  Alvaro Saborio's dive against the San Jose Earthquakes opened up a game that Real Salt Lake would win 4-0.  Last, and certainly least, Toronto FC let in four goals in a 4-2 drubbing by Sporting K.C.  Toronto may have added a bunch of new pieces, but they've yet to put them together in something that works on the field.

Oh yeah, there were also a ton of meaningless friendlies.  Great revenue generators, but ultimately meaningless.  Kinda like cotton candy.  All fluffy and occasionally tasty, but ultimately devoid of nutritional value.

Beckham Wants 2 More: It looks like David Beckham isn't quite finished with MLS yet.  The LA Galaxy star hinted that he has a couple more years left in the tank and that he really 'enjoys' playing for the Galaxy.  Something we all knew from his constant loan demands and jaunts back to England for glorified friendlies for Manchester United.  The 36-year old midfielder is making more than $5,000 per minute on the pitch and is increasingly a liability on the field (excluding his amazing set pieces of course).  For that price tag, I hope any extension includes a Master-Blaster harness so a younger player can haul his carcass around the field until he's needed for a set-piece.   

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Donovan to Miss All-star Game: Beckham teammate Landon Donovan will miss the upcoming all-star game due to a nagging calf injury.  The news is probably a relief to LA Galaxy fans looking at a long stretch of games although I'm sure MLS is less than thrilled to be missing one of their biggest stars for the game. 

Milk Cup Starts Today: The US men's U-18 team are in Ireland this week to defend their title at the prestigious youth tournament.  The team plays its first group match against Israel at 11:00 pacific time (roughly the same time this post is going out).  On Wednesday is the big group stage game as the US takes on Mexico. 

Balotelli Wiffs It: Here is a great video of Mario Balotelli of Manchester City completely messing up a golden opportunity against the LA Galaxy.  Balotelli was benched immediately afterwards.  Man I wish Wayne Rooney had a little more of that 'flair'.

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