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How The 2012 MLS Cup Was Won And David Beckham’s Most Underrated Quality

Written by on December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in MLS

“If we are going to beat us you are going to have to do it with your poorer players.”

For the first hour of the MLS Cup Final both the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo made sure that the best players on either side were neutralized. Then came a 7 minute spell that turned the match and ensured that…..to read more please click on the link.


One Response to “How The 2012 MLS Cup Was Won And David Beckham’s Most Underrated Quality”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Glad you mentioned Mr. Petrescu… he had a fine game in the usual assortment of difficult circumstances referees face in Cup Finals.

    Can’t argue with any of the assessments made. We’ll never know if Houston’s attack could have been maintained if Caleb Carr hadn’t been injured… but the Galaxy were very sound defensively and took Bruin out of the game completely (do we subtract marks from Bruin for not finding a way through the “doubleteam”, or simply give credit to the defense?).

    Many of us get accused of being “Beckham haters”. I don’t think it’s “hateful” to point out that what he does he does fantastically well, but that he might be the poster child for incomplete footballers. It is a testament to his workrate (at 37 or whatever he is) that he is still able to cover the things he doesn’t do well enough not to be a liability to his side.

    While Donovan and Beckham get all the press, for me this championship was all about Robbie Keane. I don’t think they even make the semi finals without him…

    Not to make a decent but uninspiring MLS cup about the league’s most pathetic franchise. But I must mention that with better drafting choices (they had the picks) and evaluation of the selections they made, the defensive wasteland that is Toronto could feature Dunivant, Gonzalez, Hainault, Wynne and Sam Cronin playing just in front of them…. all without requiring a trade or even major cash outlay.

    Dear me…

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