Xavier: MLS not like Europe

Xavier: MLS not like Europe

There are 20 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Jul 8, 2008, titled Xavier: MLS not like Europe. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

When Abel Xavier played in Europe, he reached the Champions League semifinals with Benfica in Portugal and the quarterfinals as a member of the Dutch team PSV Eindhoven.

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Jim

London, UK

#1 Jul 9, 2008
Watch the Galaxy highlight videos on MLSnet.com . It always seems to be that it's Xavier being beaten. Colin Clarke abused him earlier this season one on one. I have no idea why he the Galaxy keep playing him.
The Rest Of The World

Kuching, Malaysia

#2 Jul 9, 2008
yes..i agree with them. the MLS' referees are the worst i've ever seen so far. so how can MLS compete internationally if they don't change the refs ans their rule of the game first? shame...it's very shame.
Nicole

Portland, TX

#3 Jul 9, 2008
Scott,

I'm happy that you're writing about soccer, but do you always have to be so negative? I've noticed every single article you write has a negative connotation to you. And the fact that you quoted Steven Cohen tells me all I need to know about you.

But hey, buddy, it's okay to like soccer and it's okay to like American soccer.

Oh, and Xavier...sorry, but given how you've played this year, you really shouldn't be criticizing teams for not being "disciplined enough or tactically aware to shut down opponents on a consistent basis." You know, seeing as how YOU are the main problem in the Galaxy defense.

Not to mention praising European championship teams for their desire to play eight men behind the ball - that's called being too scared to play and it's boring to watch.
Jason

Van Nuys, CA

#4 Jul 9, 2008
Xavier has been chewed up by tons of strikers in MLS. He has absolutely no room to criticize the league. Also, including a quote from Steve Cohen on MLS is the equivalent of asking a horse about Globalization politics.

And yes, our referees are nunces.
Sean

Alexandria, VA

#5 Jul 9, 2008
I occasionally listen to World Soccer Daily,(Stephen Cohen's radio show) and find it fairly entertaining and informative, but of no use to me as far as the MLS goes.

Stephen holds the opinion of my favorite kind of MLS denier/dismisser.

"The MLS lacks passion and atmosphere when compared to Europe. I would go to MLS matches if they weren't played in 1/2 empty stadiums."

Which of course, begs the question, How much more full would MLS Stadiums be if every boob who held that opinion actually pulled his own weight, and SHOWED UP?

How dare the MLS not be as established or popular at 11 years old as the English league is at 120 years old, right?

Nice self-fulfilling prophecy there Stephen.
Wow

Stevenson, MD

#6 Jul 9, 2008
So you are telling me that leagues with a century of experience have more established traditions, deeper roots in their communities and more experienced officials than one only active for 13 years?

Shocking! And a guy from one of those countries with a more-established league is our expert source of all things soccer.
Tmemphis

Topeka, KS

#7 Jul 9, 2008
Playing 8 men behind the ball amounts to tactical sophistication?! That such a quote is even included as some kind of "wisdon" points to ignorance of the game. I believe defense is key in any sport. That said, any moron can pack the box and kill everything that is beautiful about the game. Then again, if I got torched in every match up, every week, I might wish for the help of seven other players too.

And while I strongly agree that the level of officiating needs to improve, Beckham has nothing to whine about. He and his team were absolutely GIFTED a point in the Columbus game because of TWO bad calls.
Mike B

Walnut, CA

#8 Jul 9, 2008
Xavier has been responsible for more goals against this year then any other member of the Galaxy defense including it's "deer in the headlights" rookie goalkeeper. Considering the above, X's comments are hilarious.

This just in, MLS is different then Europe. Shocking. The true difference is parity. There are no easy games which is completely opposite to what a guy like X is used to.

As for Steven Cohen, his comment just shows that no matter what, he'll never give MLS a fair shot or the time of day. To me that makes his comments about MLS irrelevant.
jamin barnes

Chula Vista, CA

#9 Jul 9, 2008
Xavier sucks. They should release him. He's str8 garbage.
mfoam

Chesterfield, MO

#10 Jul 9, 2008
Incredible that Beckman was critical of the refereeing after the Columbus game sine he was awarded a PK for tripping over his own boots!
UCLA Rox

Shawnee, KS

#11 Jul 9, 2008
Why should we want to watch 8 men behind the ball? Xavier's just saying this because he needs 7 men to cover for him because he can't keep up anymore. He's the worst Galaxy defender by far. The refs do need improvement, but that's tough to take on. Most refs are worse than in England.
Chris

Cockeysville, MD

#12 Jul 9, 2008
Xavier talking about tactics and being behind the ball?

hahaha, I didn't know he was a comedian.
donovan2010c

Franklin, OH

#13 Jul 9, 2008
xavier is just mad cause hes getting killed in the mls

“ No Moe Mr Nice Guy”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#14 Jul 10, 2008
Soccer will never be big in this country unless it becomes part of the "United States of Mexico". Leave Soccer where it belongs, with the Euro Trash and the rest of the "world". Is their anything more boring than watching Soccar players ham it up with theatrical antics by rolling around on the field after they get bumped ? And those silly Italian Girlymen are the worst of them all. Soccer Stinks. I hear when you go to a Pro Soccer game in this country, the nearest person sitting next to you is 90 feet away. What a joke.
galaxy21

Altadena, CA

#15 Jul 10, 2008
Xavier talking about tactical awareness? He is the worst defender on the Galaxy and his "awareness" gives up at least a goal a game.
Simon

Kenosha, WI

#16 Jul 11, 2008
Well, then you heard wrong just-Rog. Go to a game instead of depending on others opinions and comments. Then your comments will have some creedance. Hey, you live in LA. Did you know there is a professional team that averages more fans per game than the Lakers? You don't? Well let me inform you then, it's called the LA Galaxy. That would be a pro soccer team that plays pro soccer in this country. Looks like the joke's on you. Hope this little fact doesn't throw you into a world of hysteria or shock. Yep, there's a whole other world out there Rog, a world of independent thinkers who rely on facts and forming their own take on things rather than people hoping to be accepted by nodding their heads and agreeing with whatever Jocky Joe is saying on his anti-soccer radio talk show, muttering the same lines over and over that may have been applicable in the 80's but now make no sense. Kind of like your final comment. Welcome to 2008 Rogue - it's a brave new world - for those willing to be brave that is.

“ No Moe Mr Nice Guy”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#17 Jul 12, 2008
Simon wrote:
Well, then you heard wrong just-Rog. Go to a game instead of depending on others opinions and comments. Then your comments will have some creedance. Hey, you live in LA. Did you know there is a professional team that averages more fans per game than the Lakers? You don't? Well let me inform you then, it's called the LA Galaxy. That would be a pro soccer team that plays pro soccer in this country. Looks like the joke's on you. Hope this little fact doesn't throw you into a world of hysteria or shock. Yep, there's a whole other world out there Rog, a world of independent thinkers who rely on facts and forming their own take on things rather than people hoping to be accepted by nodding their heads and agreeing with whatever Jocky Joe is saying on his anti-soccer radio talk show, muttering the same lines over and over that may have been applicable in the 80's but now make no sense. Kind of like your final comment. Welcome to 2008 Rogue - it's a brave new world - for those willing to be brave that is.
Well Simon, you really don't have an argument. The "Lakers"? come on, give me a break. Their a bunch of losers. I don't care how many Beckems L.A. buys. Soccer S ucks. Its a game in this country for 9 year old girls to play only. The U.S. is not the rest of the world. The average person (no matter how sad it is) in this country doesn't care what goes on with the rest of the world. Including the games they play.

You can promote "football" (soccer) till doomsday in this country and it will never catch on any further than it has now. Simon, you said welcome to 2008, and its a brave new world. Thats "your world" not ours, not in the good old U.S.A. we got "our" sports and soccer ain't one of them. Not a popular one anyway. And I don't think it ever will be. Its just not the rage here that it is in say the UK or Europe. I know I lived and worked in Europe and England for some time. "Football" will never catch on here like it has there, period.

“ No Moe Mr Nice Guy”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#18 Jul 12, 2008
Just a thought, you may have a point "if", this country is completely overrun by illegal immigrants. And they become (heaven forbid) the majority populace in this country. Only then would "football" (soccer) become the #1 sport in America.
boo hoo

Cincinnati, OH

#19 Jul 14, 2008
Oh no... we have to fly far for games... oh no... it's not the same as Europe.

God the Gals are a bunch of crybabys.

Suck it up ladies. Suck it up.
Matt Phillips

Wasilla, AK

#20 Jul 17, 2008
Some of those comments would cut if they weren't demonstrably false. MLS clubs do have youth programs now. MLS Cup is just one among numerous trophies on offer for MLS players, including, potentially, the World Club Championship. We have the U.S. Open Cup, Superliga, which has drawn respectable crowds, the Supporters Shield for best regular season record, and the CONCACAF Champions League, an upgrade from the Champions Cup, with the winner advancing to the World Club Championship. If these offerings do not hold Stephen Cohen's fancy, he is welcome to move back to Europe. And since Mr. Wolf is too bored by his own beat to recognize and correct false statements about it, perhaps he should consider going, too.

And, as for MLS clubs not having the discipline to defend, well some clubs do. The Galaxy as a team and Xavier as an individual have not defended particularly well this season, but other clubs have. The reconstituted San Jose club comes to mind, to name one.

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