Americans dream of Gerrard move

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LIVERPOOL legend Steven Gerrard is top of an MLS shopping list of Englishmen that David Beckham will try to get to move Stateside, according to reports.
After sorting out his own future – with rumours of David Beckham moving everywhere from Monaco to Paris to China floating around – Goldenballs will then be tasked as an MLS recruitment officer with replacing his presence in the American league.
Liverpool’s talisman Steven Gerrard, Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, Chelsea full back Ashley Cole and Manchester United midfield metronome Michael Carrick are apparently the players being lined up.
An MLS source said: “With the wages, lifestyle, and anonymity the world’s top soccer players have playing in the MLS, it makes it an ideal destination for them to finish their careers.”

A Hope for women’s football

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YESTERDAY I wrote a blog post about busty Croatian WAG Nives Celsius and her ‘good work’ for equality in football by playing in a men’s friendly as a second half cameo substitute.
Obviously this stunt is more about headlines and getting bums on seats than any progression for gender equality in sport – but could a woman actually make it as a pro in the men’s game?
Across in America there are rumblings that a female footballer could be joining the men-only MLS.
USA women’s captain, goalkeeper Hope Solo, emerged from the recent women’s world cup in Germany a star.
Not only have her performances on the pitch propelled her to household name status, she has since had a line of celebrity gigs – ranging from David Letterman TV shows to being the cover star of Sports Illustrated.
On the back of this – no doubt as a move to sate a public appetite for Solo – a number of media outlets are calling for her to be drafted and actually play in the men’s league, something MLS itself has not been drawn to comment on.
And Goaltastic says, if she’s good enough, give her a shot.
Undoubtedly there should be a women’s league, but this will always play second fiddle to the top leagues of the professional men’s game – and if a player is good enough, regardless of gender, they should be allowed to go pro.
Signing Solo may well be a boost off the pitch, given her new found celebrity status – but surely signing up players like David Beckham and Thierry Henry has as much to do with business as actual football.
And who’s to say she is or isn’t good enough until she’s given a chance?

Korean women blame loss on lightning strike

SHOCKING news from the Women’s World Cup – North Korea’s losing women claim they were hit by lightning during a training session.
North Korea coach Kwang Min Kim claims that some of his players were still recovering from being hit by lightning during training after his team lost 2-0 to America.
He said: “When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised.
“Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us.
“The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.
“But World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don’t want to think about anything but football.
“The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will.”
Okay, Goaltastic will allow him this excuse – it’s not like he can use it again, is it?

Extreme football mascot is a cut above

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WHEN you hear the words ‘football mascot’, you tend think of a man in a giant cute-suit, or a small child in a football strip… well not in Portland, they don’t.
As I learned on the excellent Dirty Tackle blog today, the new-to-MLS Portland Timbers team have plumped for a giant hairy ogre of a man with a live chainsaw.
The hulking Timber Joey – who is also a rugby player and bare back bucking bronco rider – acts as the team cheerleader and frequently gets his throbbing chopper out to cut a slice of wood from a trunk he brings to matches to hand to goalscorers.
I think he may be my favourite football mascot of all time – can anyone suggest a contender?