Saturday, April 30, 2011

David Beckham - Royal Wedding

I have read several articles saying David Beckham is not good for the MLS because he went to the Royal wedding this weekend. I have nothing against Beckham, my son thinks very little of him. I understand why he went to Italy leaving the LA Galaxy, I understand he probably views the MLS as a means to get back to form and make the English National Team.

Should he get the weekend off to attend the Royal Wedding. I think yes. When you are close friends with the Royal family and get invited to the biggest event of the year, it is difficult to say no. We have seen many players bypass the birth of a child, a funeral or a family wedding for the sack of the game. But a Royal wedding is different, it is a major affair and as an Englishman David Beckham is not in a position to say no. Sometimes the game has to be put aside.

A lot of writers have written that the Galaxy did better without him when he went to Italy, so let him go to the wedding, the Galaxy will do just fine. The first place Galaxy face the fifth place Dallas team. They will not miss him...

P.S. FC Dallas defeated the Galaxy 2-1....

Friday, April 29, 2011

David Beckham

David Beckham as photographed by Annie Leibovitz, as Prince Philip coming to rescue Sleeping Beauty for Disney's Dream of a Million Years promotion, 2006...

2004 - US Women's National Team

2004.11.03 Us Women's National Team v. Denmark...
In another storybook ending for the US team, Mia Hamm scored her 158th international career goal in the 91st minute as the US National team tied Denmark 1-1, sending 18,885 fans in Giants Stadium into euphoria.

Denmark, the 9th ranked team in the world, would put the US behind early in the game. Merete Pederson beat Brandi Chastain to the ball on the right flank and calmly hit a chip over the on-rushing Briana Scurry into the empty net in the 8th minute.

The US never let down and the crowd stayed behind their team the whole time. When Hamm scored the stadium erupted into screams, from the mostly young female fans...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2007 - Ritz Crackers

Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy, Jozy Altidore - NY Redbull

Christian Gomez - DC United, Freddy Adu - Real Salt Lake
Ritz Cracker box with Freddy Adu card...

Monday, April 25, 2011

2006 - Ritz Crackers

Paco Palencia - Chivas USA
Taylor Twellman - NE Revolution, Freddy Adu - DC United

the fourth card in the set was Landon Donovan- LA Galaxy...
Ritz MLS cards advertisement from the MLS publication Freekick...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2005 - Ritz Crackers MLS

Brian Ching - San Jose Earthquakes
Carlos Ruiz - LA Galaxy, Taylor Twellman - NE Revolution

Nabisco Ritz Crackers and the MLS issued a set of player cards on the back of the boxes.

Nabisco has been a long time sponsor of MLS...from 2005-2007 boxes of Ritz crackers has four different player cards on the back of the boxes. The designs from 2006 and 2007 were similar in design.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Philadelphia - Carlos Ruiz meets Carlos Ruiz

2005 Upperdeck Carlos Ruiz LA Galaxy jersey card
Carlos Ruiz signed with the Philadelphia Union, Feb 2011, transferring from the Greek Superliga club Aris FC. Ruiz returns to the MLS having started his career in 2002 with the LA Galaxy (2002-2005, 2008). Ruiz also played for FC Dallas (2005-2008) and Toronto FC (2008) of the MLS...

Outside of the MLS Ruiz has played for CSD Municipal (Guatemalan Liga Nacional de Futbol 1995-2002), PAS Giannina FC (Super League Greece 2000-2001) Club Olimpia (Paraguayan Primera Division - 2009), Puebla FC (Mexican Primera Division - 2009-2010)...

Ruiz is a member of the Guatemalan National Team since 1998...

Moving to the Philadelphia Union Ruiz had the opportunity to meet Carlos Ruiz who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. In the tradition of soccer both Carlos' exchanged jerseys.

As early as 1931 soccer players were exchanging jersey after memorable games as a memento of their participation. The exchange also seen as a show of respect and sportsmanship for the opposing players.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2001 - MetroStars Player Cards

Card #17 Petter Villegas, Card #18 Adolfo Valencia
Card #19 Richie Williams, Card # 20 Octavo Zambrano
Card #21 Nick Sakiewicz, Card #22 Metro
Card #23 - Giants stadium, Card #24 - Eastern Division Champions

Monday, April 18, 2011

2001 - MetroStars Player Cards

Card #11 Orlando Perez, Card #12 Mike Petke
Card #13 Tab Ramos, Card #14 Mark Semioli
Card #15 Steve Shak, Card #16 Billy Walsh

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2001 - Metrostars Player Cards

Card #5 Paul Gafer, Card #6 Daniel Hernandez

Card #7 Tim Howard, Card #8 Steve Jolley

Card #9 Martin Klinger, Card #10 Clint Mathis

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2001 - MetroStars Player Cards

2001 the MetroStars as part of their promotions, issued a set of player cards, which could be obtained in 2 ways. The first was the packet of cards were issued to tickets holders as part of a large ticket purchase. (Our first packs came when the Soccer Club went to a game). the second was to join the kids fan club and present your fan club membership card at the fan club table located within the main entrance of Giants Stadium on game days.

The cards came wrapped in a foil wrapper, were read: MetroStars 2001 Team Trading Cards...Inside: five of your favorite MetroStars players...Collect the entire 2001 MetroStars Team set for Free. Stop by the MetroStars Fan Center on the main concourse at Giants Stadium and sign-up for the Mighty-Metros Fan Club. It's FREE! The Mighty Metros Fan Club provides a series of Free benefits including the opportunity to collect the entire set of 2001 trading cards.

The back of the wrapper repeats the same message with the additional information: Attend the September 15th game vs. New england to participate in a major trading card event in the bubble where you'll be able to swap cards with other MetroStars fans! (the bubble was the practice bubble located next to the stadium)

The cards featured a full sized color photo of the player and their jersey number on the front. The cards are numbered on the back with 23 cads in the entire set.
Cards 1-3: Pedro Alvarez, Mark Chung, Alex Comas...
The cards were printed on gray stock similar to the Topps baseball cards from the 1960s, and featured player information and a small portrait photo.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

DC United - Chris Pontius

Signed University of California, Santa Barbara jersey. Chris Pontius was a guest at the UCSB summer camp, 2011, held in Pennsylvania.

Pontius played for UCSB 2005-2008, earned honors as Big West Offensive Player of the Year 2007, Herman Trophy finalist 2008, College Soccer News All-American 2nd team 2008, NSCAA All-American 3rd team 2008, All-Far West 1st Team 2008...Signed with DC United in 2009...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sports Illustrated for Kids

 Preki - KC Wizards #346 Feb 2004 - Freddy Adu - DC United #363 Apr 2004
 Mia Hamm - US National #337 Jan 2004 - Abby Wambach - US National #325 Dec 2003
Zach Thornton - Chicago Fire #166 Jun 2002 - Katia - SJ CyberRays #215 Nov 2002
Landon Donovan - SJ Earthquakes #415 Oct 2004
Abby Wambach - US National #337 January 2009

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Carli Lloyd - US National #324 Dec 2008 - Miroslav Klose - German National #91 Oct 2006
 Christine Sinclair - University of Portland#37 Apr 2006 - Taylor Twellman - NE Revolution #61 Jun 2006

Brian Ching - SJ Earthquake #439 Dec 2004 - David Beckham - Real Madrid #389 Jul 2004

Sports Illustrated for Kids

 Brad Friedel - Blackburn Rovers #203 Jul 2003 - Melisssa Moore - Philadelphia Charge #279 Jun 2003
 Danielle Fotopoulos - Carolina Courage #233 Jan 2003 - Marinette Pinchon - Philadelphia Charge #313 Oct 2003
 Clint Mathis - MetroStars #205 Oct 2002 - Carlos Ruiz - LA Galaxy #250 Mar 2003
Briana Scurry - Atlanta Beat #799 Sep 2002 - Nicole Barnhart - Stanford University #261 Apr 2003

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Marta - LA Sol card # 422 (2009)  -- Brian Ching - Houston Dynamo card #73 (2006)

Jason Kries - Dallas Burn card # 832 (1999)  -- Carla Overbeck - US National card #837 (1999)

Launched in 1989 SI Kids is a monthly spin-off of the weekly US sports magazine Sports Illustrated. In each issue of the magazine there was a page of 9 sports cards (perforated) featuring athletes from all fields. I thought the inclusion of extreme sports, college athletes, olympians and soccer made this a great set of cards. Of course there are many baseball, football, hockey and basketball cards as well.

The first soccer card featured Ricky Davis, card # 58, Jul 1989. Soccer is well represented with 114 cards published from 1989 through 2012, with Mia Hamm being featured 7 times; Abby Wambach Kristine Lilly, Tony Meola, Julie Foudy, Preki and Landon Donovan 3 times each.  Wayne Rooney even got 2 cards!


Monday, April 4, 2011

2004 - Nabisco MLS Fruit Snacks

Kevin Hartman card #19

Jaime Moreno card# 17, Jonny Walker card# 18, Carlos Ruiz card# 2

Cory Gibbs card# 6, Edson Buddle card#13, Freddy Adu card# 14

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