I'm trying to figure this out. I've been fielding emails from people complaining about how horrible the Galaxy are.
If that's true, how did the Galaxy ever become the last MLS team standing in the SuperLiga tournament? Did the other teams just not care about the million dollars and give that away?
The other thing I keep reading is how cruel the Galaxy coaches are, making David Beckham play while he's tired and injured. I guess that assumes that Beckham wasn't the one insisting he play on, hoping the right set play could turn the match.
What I don't hear is much condemnation for Read Madrid injecting Beckham's ankle up with pain killers and sending him out to play. His injury was in much worse shape then, and playing through that (which was especially surprising considering the quality of subs Real had to give Beckham a break) caused far more extensive damage. But that's ok, because Real needed to win the championship. The Galaxy needing to make the playoffs is apparently not a valuable enough rationale.
Again, despite having some decent options available, like Sean Wright-Phillips, on the bench, England coach Steve McLaren didn't sub Beckham, even with his bad ankle, in the entire game. It was a friendly match with little actually at stake.
Yet that's all well and good, when famous teams like England and Real Madrid do it. The outcry, though, happens when an MLS team does it.