Bleacher Report honors former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham's 40th birthday with digital art gallery
David Beckham, the man considered by many to have changed the landscape of Major League Soccer, will be celebrating his 40th birthday this Saturday. And since, you probably can't get on the guest list at his lavish party this weekend, we'll have to commerate Becks' big day in other ways.
In honor of the former LA Galaxy midfielder and global soccer icon's milestone birthday on May 2, Bleacher Report have commissioned a digital art gallery entitled "The Art of David Beckham." The photo set commerates every aspect of Beckham's life both on and off the field. Throughout the gallery, Beckham's journey to iconic status is chronicled: his successes at Manchester United and Real Madrid, his time as the captain of the English National Team, his marriage to his wife Victoria, and of course, his iconic -- and ever changing -- hairstyles.
The piece below was created by MLSsoccer.com's graphic designer Gabriel De Los Rios salutes "the culmination of Beckham's American dream" when he helped lead the LA Galaxy to their MLS Cup titles in 2011 and 2012.
More David Beckham art courtesy of Bleacher Report:
Omar Gonzalez named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after LA Galaxy draw with New York Red Bulls
LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez was rewarded for a strong defensive performance in the LA Galaxy's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls with a place in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Throughout the match Gonzalez stifled New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, winning several key duels that helped render the Englishman ineffective on the night. Joining Gonzalez on the Team of the Week squad is goalkeeper Jamie Penedo who was placed on the team's bench after his three save performance at Red Bull Arena.
Injury scare for LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho after he suffers a hard challenge against New York Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho suffered a crunching challenge late in the Galaxy's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls but the Brazilian midfielder is hopeful that he'll be healthy in time for next week's match with Colorado.
The challenge came in the dying moments of the second half when Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty made a late tackle to prevent the Brazilian from firing a shot on the top of the New York penalty area.
"He was late and everyone saw that. I was ready to make the shot when he came and tackled me," said Juninho. "I think that we should have pressed the referee and tried to convince him to give the red card. ... I'm definitely looking forward to our next game because the Red Bulls are a good rival.
"The draw wasn't a bad result, we have a team to come back and make more points."
After the match, Juninho was spotted speaking the media with an ice pack on his right leg, but was confident that he'll be healthy by next weekend.
"I got a hurt a little bit, the tackle was hard," said Juninho. "But I have all week to get better."
HARRISON, N.J. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters after LA's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls.
Arena's thoughts are below.
(On the result…)
ARENA: "I think this year we've been in a few matches where we walked off the field with a point and today we deserved to get a point out of the game so it's not a perfect result by any means but a well earned point on the road ."
(On Bradford Jamieson IV's play…)
ARENA: "Obviously it was a great goal. He's still a young kid, he had some good moments and some that weren't so good but overall a real good performance by a good young player."
(On doing the little things to get the point…)
ARENA: "We did that things you're supposed to do when you're playing on the road."
(On dealing with RBNY's high pressure…)
ARENA: "They did a good job in the first half, I think the game slowed down in the second half and we got a little bit better. Our passing wasn't real good in the first half. Overall, in the game, it wasn't as good as it needs to be but we survived that. Defensively, I think we did a solid job throughout in preventing too many chances. Over the last fifteen minutes or so I would say we conceded too many set pieces, but we got away with it."
(On goalkeeper Jamie Penedo's play…)
ARENA: "Penedo made a big save on Wright-Phillips. It really was a big save. Jamie did a good job today."
(On referee's decision not to give McCarty a second yellow card…)
ARENA: "The referee was giving away cards like they were candy. At the end of the game you don't want to see any players get sent off, but certainly that tackle merited a yellow card, especially on the day, the way [the referee] gave away cards."
(On how Arena sees Jamieson progressing…)
ARENA: "Who knows, it's a long way away. Let's talk in a couple years on that. He's doing well. Let's wait a while. Let's not get crazy like everybody does every time a young player does something right. This is a long haul in becoming a player. He's many years away from being where we would like him to be and where he's going to be so let's just be patient and see what happens down the road."
(On gaining confidence on the road…)
ARENA: "We're fine on the road. We should win games on the road, and get points on the road so this is just a start and hopefully it gets a little bit better as the year goes on."
HANOVER, N.J. -- The LA Galaxy will not have Robbie Keane for their clash against New York Red Bulls on Sunday, but with the club in the middle of a two game winning streak, the absence of the reigning MLS MVP is not troubling Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.
Still stricken with a groin strain that will now cost him his third consecutive game, Keane did not make the trip with the Galaxy to New Jersey for Sunday's clash. Keane was limited in training throughout the week and appeared doubtful for Sunday, but Daily Breeze's Nick Green confirmed the worries on Saturday morning.
Although the Galaxy will be without their captain for the third straight match, Arena said that his absence changes little about LA's preparations for New York.
"Doesn't change anything. We haven't played with him in the last two games," Arena told LAGalaxy.com after the team's training session at the New York Red Bulls training facility. "It doesn't change anything that we do at all."
It’s considered by many to be the most exciting game in Major League Soccer history, and anyone who was watching is unlikely to ever forget the LA Galaxy’s trip to Giants Stadium to face the New York Red Bulls on August 18, 2007.
In David Beckham’s first MLS start, the Galaxy ran into a Red Bulls side bursting with talent that included Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, teenage wunderkind Jozy Altidore, and head coach Bruce Arena at the helm. And all of that star power faced off in front of 66,237 roaring fans at the Meadowlands.
The match was a back-and-forth affair from the start as New York took an early lead on a finish by Angel but Beckham lifted the Galaxy ahead with two assists on Carlos Pavon goals before the 10th minute of play. LA’s lead did not last, however, as a Clint Mathis' screamer pulled the sides level heading into halftime.
In the second half, New York roared forward as Altidore tallied two brilliant finishes in the 49th and 70th minutes to pull the Red Bulls ahead. The Galaxy were not to be outdone, however, as Landon Donovan scored a minute after Altidore’s second goal, and then Edson Buddle found the back of the net in the last 10 minutes to pull LA level.
In the end, it was the man who opened the goal fest that gave New York their winner as Angel beat the Galaxy’s Joe Cannon from close range to give the Red Bulls the victory.
In total, nine goals were scored, three players finished with two goals apiece, and Beckham ended his first start with two assists.
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The LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls will renew the classic East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry on Sunday when they face off at Red Bull Arena.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at two teams domestic trophy cabinet and examine if the matchup between the Galaxy and Red Bulls is truly a rivalry.
Check it out below.
WATCH: Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes look to shine as LA Galaxy look for win over New York Red Bulls
CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy head off to New York this weekend in search of their first road win since last August.
Getting a victory in New York will not be easy as the Red Bulls are currently the lone undefeated team in Major League Soccer. In my latest video for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, we breakdown the Galaxy's match against New York and the role that Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes will play.
Check it out above.
LA Galaxy Notes: Robbie Keane injury update, Jose Villarreal suffers hamstring strain in U.S. U-23 game
CARSON, Calif. – LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane remains doubtful for this Sunday’s clash with New York Red Bulls as he looks to recover from a groin strain.
Keane has participated in full training this week but left practice before the start of media availability on Thursday. The 34-year-old has missed out on the club’s last two games since suffering the strain during the latter stages of LA’s defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC earlier this month.
"He has been in full training on and off this week," Bruce Arena said. "We'll see how he's feeling today and make those decisions [on his availability for Sunday]."
Such statements sound pretty grim considering that Arena told the media a week ago that Keane could be available for the Sporting Kansas City. So the question remains, does Arena think there's a chance that Keane gets on the field against the Red Bulls?
Well, the Galaxy head coach channeled movie hero Lloyd Christmas for his answer.
"Do I see any chance?." Arena asked the press. "Well, did you see "Dumb and Dumber?"
JOSE VILLARREAL INJURED IN U.S. U-23 GAME
LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal was forced to exit the U.S. Under-23's 3-0 victory over Mexico U-23's on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain, although the injury forced him from the match, the midfielder is confident that his strain will not put him on the shelf for an extended period of time.
"I just felt it thighten up, and I came off to prevent [the injury] from getting worse. It's no big deal," Villarreal said after the victory. "It might have been a bit early to get back on the field, but I felt fine in training this week. ... It's disappointing and it sucks that I couldn't play more minutes in front of my hometown crowd but my well-being comes first. I'll be back."
Villarreal was not in training with the Galaxy on Thursday but head coach Bruce Arena had a few words of criticism for the U.S. U-23 training staff.
"I don't know the circumstances," Arena said. "But with him coming off a hamstring injury, to come onto the field without a warm-up probably wasn't the smartest thing."
TODD DUNIVANT DEALING WITH THIGH BRUISE
Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant will likely need another week to make his return to the field as he deals with a bruise on his left thigh.
Dunivant has endured the bruise since the early stages of the Galaxy's defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC early this month. The 34-year-old was in the gameday roster for the Galaxy's clash with Seattle Sounders FC but was left off for last week's match against Sporting Kansas City.
"It's finally feeling better. I'm finally able to do some running and perform some ball work," said Dunivant. "I'm hoping to be ready by next week but we'll see."
CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team kept up their dominance of Mexico on Wednesday as the U-23's picked up a 3-0 victory at StubHub Center against their counterparts from El Tri.
Former LA Galaxy Academy forward Mario Rodriguez, Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean and Stanford University's Jordan Morris all scored in the victory. U.S. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made seven saves as he fended off an active Mexico attack.
LA Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal left in the 40th minute with a left hamstring strain. The injury occurred in the same hamstring that forced Villarreal to miss the Galaxy's match against Vancouver earlier this month. Fellow Galaxy homegrown Oscar Sorto went 68 minutes along the right side of defense in the American victory.