A trio of items that crossed the radar screen this afternoon, all of them (sort of) connected:
"A move for Beckham is not something we need to discuss at this point because he's under contract with Real," admitted Galaxy president and general manager Alexi Lalas. "But if that changes, and there's an opportunity, of course we'd be interested. There are thousands of clubs out there that would love to have a player of his calibre and the Los Angeles Galaxy is certainly one of them. For many people the Los Angeles Galaxy are looked upon as the jewel of MLS. We play in the best stadium, we have had incredible success over the history of the league and we have had great individual players and great teams. There is a tradition of excellence."
So, you're asking, after you pause to choke back the giggles. Where do I fit with this great tradition, this great (oh, stop it, you're killing me!) "jewel of MLS"? Here's your chance, as Toronto FC have announced - open tryouts! (Failing that, we're all invited out for drinks at Wegz). Well, actually, they're $110, these open tryouts. I don't know if The Star would let me expense it, but I'll try to measure up to the requirements listed:
* Players currently registered with a Professional Club will need to bring a waiver from their current club allowing them to attend Toronto FC Open Tryouts. (I am on top of the Here in the Colonies Fantasy League thanks to the GREAT Ashley (No relation) Young, and I will get my trailers to sign something).
* Tryouts will be on Astroturf and therefore players will have to have appropriate foot attire. (That's bad. I don't do Astroturf. Messes with my varicose veins.).
* Only accepting payment by credit card ($110 CDN + $6.60 GST). (Like I said, I'll have to ask The Star. But times are tough, so I dunno.).
* Names will be entered into a database. (Hopefully not Interpol's).
* Legal info waving liability and lost items. (I lost my free-pizza ticket stub from last Friday's Raptors game. I guess I can't get that back either).
* Please note that if you are not a Canadian citizen, you will need to have health insurance coverage from your home country. (OHIP sure ain't what it used to be).
So there we are. Bring on Beckham!
And oh, via Pension Plan Puppets, a superb look back at a dressing-room rant for the ages - Leyton Orient's John Sitton sitton-ing into his useless players. A reminder that there is indeed hope for us 200-quid-a-week types, at least the way he fragrantly puts it.