Thursday Kickoff: Beckham in talks with PSG, Del Piero thinking MLS and more

Beckham, arena - getty

By CALEB SONNELAND

With his contract set to expire at the turn of the year, David Beckham is allegedly in talks with Ligue 1's Paris Saint-Germain, according to the clubs sporting director Leonardo.

The 36-year-old was a staple in the LA Galaxy midfield this year and played a massive part in the team's successful campaign toward a MLS Cup. Beckham's head has been turned over the past five years by European club, however in those cases the moves were only on loan to keep the player's fitness at a peak.

With the end of his contract within touching distance, the Galaxy will need to fend off interest from PSG if it is to hold onto Beckham.

"Yes, we've spoken. These situations take time. We'll see if something suits him and suits us," said Leonardo on the subject.

Here are other stories from around the world to keep your day rolling. Have a happy Thanksgiving:

DEL PIERO LEANING TOWARD MLS 

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero is prepared to make the jump to MLS at the end of the European season, according to his agent Enzo Bronzetti.

Having just turned 37 years old, the Italian is seeking a new venture, and Bronzetti sees MLS as a viable option, "I think he can go there. American football is said to have been on the rise for years, but now it is."

According to Bronzetti, representatives from Seattle and Chicago have come to Italy to speak about to possibility of Del Piero signing with their respective sides.

Christian Constantin, president of Swiss club Sion, harbors ambitions of luring Del Piero to the Swiss Premier League but said in an interview, "I have not yet talked to him, partly because I read he'd like to go to America."

GERRARD TO MISS MAN CITY CLASH

Despite his side earning a lively win at Chelsea last weekend, Liverpool will, once again, have to cope without the services of Steven Gerrard.

The captain has been stricken down with injury for the better part of 2011, and it doesn't look to be ending this weekend as the current ailment is an infected ankle.  

Gerrard was initially ruled out due to injury in March with a groin problem, and only made his full return to the side against Manchester United in mid-October.

While having Gerrard back in the side would be a boost for the rest of the squad, Lucas Leiva and Charlie Adam have deputized well in Gerrard's absence.

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY NEXT SEASON?

The Football Association general secretary Alex Horne claims that goal-line technology could be employed as early as the 2012-2013 Premier League season.  

Horne says that tests on the systems could be completed and approved by FIFA in just a year's time to provide the refereeing crew with an extra set of eyes.

A total of nine different systems are currently being tested and evaluated in July of 2012, which would mean installment for the upcoming season but the deadline is close.

"It would be really tight — but it might be possible for next season."

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54 Responses to Thursday Kickoff: Beckham in talks with PSG, Del Piero thinking MLS and more

  1. Ken says:

    More aging stars to MLS. Can’t wait for the day when young potentials come to MLS to get exposure for top leagues.

  2. downintexas says:

    37 years old I really hope any team thinking about Del Piero thinks real hard before paying big bucks to him.

  3. downintexas says:

    OH HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE AT SBI AND THE READERS AS WELL!!!

  4. Alex says:

    a few PSG players have been quoted as saying they are not welcoming the idea of Beckham coming to Paris. I see next year for him as MLS and being loaned out again

  5. chris says:

    It is really hard to enjoy this league when we continue to sign has been europeans

  6. Khan says:

    At 37 years old he’s still probably better than every player in MLS save Henry and maybe 1 or 2 others.

  7. MC Pharaoh says:

    just because there is an old player linked every now & then doesnt mean we dont attract young stars. Milton Carraglio, Mustapha Jarju, Freddy Adu, Fabian Castillo, & Diego Chara are some key young players signed in 2011. 4 of the 5 there are DP’s. 4 of the 11 DP’s signed in 2011 were 25 and under. 4 others were 33 & over with Danny Koevermans & Mendoza 33 & Rost 38 & Frings 35. The rest of that 11 is in there lower 30′s. So tell me… who are all of these “aging stars”? Sure, they are linked alot but MLS teams arent as stupid as the world media makes them out to be. MLS teams have been more proactive in young players than ever this last season.

  8. TGA says:

    so we trade one washed up Euro for another….that is progress

  9. Khan says:

    Might want to be careful with your wording there considering that “washed up Euro” Beckham was the best midfielder and passer in MLS.

    If he was washed up PSG and Tottenham wouldn’t be fawning all over him.

  10. SD says:

    I wouldn’t say he is washed up but he certainly would not be worth DP money. Currently most of his appearances have been as a sub…At his age, he would not be able to handle the travel and physicality of the league, even though next season’s unbalanced schedule may help….It could be a nice signing because he would be able to contribute but he shouldn’t be paid millions per season…..

  11. WendellGee says:

    Utter nonsense. “Young potentials” describes the typical foreigner in MLS more than “agin stars”

  12. WendellGee says:

    So are you suggesting the league is somehow overrun with “has beens”? How do you figure?

    And do you rally think if a team identifies a player they think can help them at a price they want to pay they should not do so just because the player is European and mid-upper 30s? What’s wong with teams just trying to make themselves better?

  13. al17 says:

    Actually, I’ve read & heard the opposite not only from PSG players but from many players throughout Ligue 1. You may be talking about PSG players on the bench..not sure which ones but his coming to PSG, if it happens isn’t so much an issue with most of the players. The Bigger issue is the coaching fiasco Leonardo has managed to cause. Last I heard the biggest issue for Beckham coming to PSG was image and merchandise rights – he wants & in my opinion should get 20%.

  14. Citronomics says:

    Agree with your perspective. Wonder if Del Piero could play a smiliar role that Christian Gomez did for DCU on a club that surrounds him with the right D-mid and wings that track back?

  15. Jayrod1111 says:

    Don’t crap on Del Piero if you havn’t watched him in the last few years. As a die hard juve supporter I would hate to see him leave but the inevitability of the situation has haunted us for a while now. He should go to MLS and add a bit of class. He would be the best player in the league no doubt…Even at 37!!!

  16. al17 says:

    I’m just still in awe that Del Piero is washed up. One thing I can say about Serie A players is that they’re probably the best conditioned footballers on the planet. Hands down, so despite the large number of matches he’s played, I take him in a heartbeat and pay DP money for him.

    If he’s not worth DP money how do you expect to get him to play in MLS? Scratching my head on this one.

  17. Jayrod1111 says:

    Have any of even seen Del Piero play recently?????

    He wont need special defences or set ups for him….

    Put him at CF and send him out there. The guy still has a few good years left and I gaurantee he makes any team he plays on better. He has fire+skill and that never dies. Dont forget about free kicks of power!!!!!

  18. JGD says:

    Beckham: At the end of the day, I see him signing a one-year deal and staying in LA. His family is settled, the city and fans love him, and I think he’ll want to finish his playing career with Galaxy. However, I would definitely not rule out the possibility of him taking on a Leonardo-type role with a European (or even MLS) club after his playing days are over.

    Del Piero: If he’s got something left in the tanks, welcome him with open arms. One of the world’s great second strikers of the last 20 years. However, it’d be a little disingenuous of him if he thinks he can just come over here, not do anything, and be considered a success. We’ll call this the Marquez Syndrome. MLS fans don’t want big names here if they don’t live up to the billing, regardless of the player.

  19. BellusLudas says:

    I understand your sentiment especially given the early history of MLS, but this is a guy who is CURRENTLY playing for one of the best teams in Italy.

    He is worth the cash.

  20. BellusLudas says:

    I think for the sake of Beckham mystique he has to go to France for a year and then can retire back in LA.

  21. Tony in Quakeland says:

    +++1

  22. Jason B says:

    As a Galaxy fan, I agree. I actually think it would be weird for him to play for us next year. The MLS Cup was his opportunity to “ride off into the sunset”.

  23. in response to the beckham thing, i read that his son is actually in the U-13 academy for the galaxy and is actually doing very very well.

    as far as del piero is concerned, he still has some game left in him. I honestly would not mind paying him a 2 year deal on the lower end of the dp contract with incentives and bonuses if he performs well. He has vision, he has touch and he can out right score still.

  24. Andy says:

    Any contract that Becks signs for 2012 will include a clause requiring the team to release him for the Olympics. For PSG or another European team – no big deal. For LAG, that’s a significant part of the season.

  25. PetedeLA says:

    True, but does it really seem like five years?

    Not to unnecessarily denigrate him, but I wish he had played with this much commitment the other 4 years. (In his defense, he looked up to the task in the first year, but his body just didn’t seem ready.)

    It would make seeing him leave much easier.

    If one of them has to go, I still prefer it was Donovan.

  26. marco says:

    “… the Galaxy will need to fend off interest from PSG if it is to hold onto Beckham…”

    Beckham will need to be in Europe with England the next 3 years, his wants.

    Why would Galaxy agree to a part time player again? It was a disaster the last time.

  27. Warren says:

    Agreed, Beckham is likely off to Paris/PSG so he can be nearby for the Olympics.

    Beckham’s shown he’s still got it when healthy.

    For Brand Beckham, adding one more top league to his resume – EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 – & MLS ; ) -helps keep the brand relevant.

    Now if Beckham can handle Bundesliga at 38….then I’ll be impressed : )

  28. Alexandria says:

    Umm Andy the US is Fielding an Olympics team as well and more than half will be from MLS I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal.

  29. bottlcaps says:

    Add to the fact that starting next year a young DP will cost a team less than a older DP. The MLS will count only the first $200,000 toward the salary cap for a younger DP (>25yrs?), compared to 400,000 for an older DP.

  30. bottlcaps says:

    It seems to me on this festive occasion and the fact that the season is complete it is only right that we habd out one more award.

    I think it is entirely appropriate that we start the nominations for the

    SBI TURKEY AWARD !!

    Include the player/team/coach/GM that in your humble opinion has had the worst or most embarrassing impact in the MLS the past season…

    be brutal!!!

    My nomination:

    Rafael Marquez- NY Red Bulls

  31. TommyOC says:

    “Why would Galaxy agree to a part time player again?”

    If Omar (or Dunivant, DeLaGarza or Franklin) gets picked for USMNT duty, he’ll join Ricketts and Donovan as being pretty busy through the summer in WCQ.

    Beckham’s gone for a month-and-a-half, so what? These guys will be gone a week every month or so – all spring and summer.

  32. Bob Bradley says:

    I’M THANKFUL FOR JONNY BORNSTEIN

  33. marco says:

    Del Piero with Henry up top.

  34. marco says:

    Beckham said he wants to be in the England 2012 and 2014 (some way) sides. How is that not a problem. It was a huge problem last time.

  35. marco says:

    Beckham played an average of 9 games for 2009, and 2010. Are you kidding?

  36. Gnarls says:

    +1

    When do we eat?

  37. Abumax says:

    Playing, yes. But not playing very much. At all.

  38. Max says:

    BS…Del Piero to NY would be huge

  39. Pete says:

    If not for Rafa, NY doessnt make the playoffs….Tim Ream was awful

  40. Walt says:

    Dont forget Robbie “Keen On” Keane

  41. Rich says:

    Tainio would be just fine

  42. Will says:

    Certainly would add what Blanco brought to Chicago

  43. Pete says:

    Champions League

  44. Ratt says:

    Yes, but they still need more D

  45. Brandon says:

    Beckham’s head has been turned over the past five years by European club

  46. Adam M. says:

    37 is older and a few years past MLS’ sweet spot for aging stars (30-34), but age is much less of a factor these days than overall health and motivation. Money aside, there are undoubtedly lots of European teams that would sign Del Piero tomorrow if they could. The only downside to signing a 37 year old is that its likley a short-term committment, which might be an upside if it doesn’t work out. The truth is that MLS will quickly expose players who treat it like a retirement league, but at the same time it isn’t good enough to say that 37 year old past his prime wouldn’t step in and be one of the better players in the league right away.

  47. dgoshilla says:

    Look, if a team thinks he(ADP) will add value to their prospect of winning a trophy who cares how old he is. I think we need to stop worrying about how MLS is perceived and start worrying about our own teams. PSG is looking at Beckham, do you think their fans are concerned that PSG will be perceived as a team that takes aging players?

  48. Rick says:

    Why aren’t we calling Ligue 1 a place for “semi-retired” footballers since one of their biggest clubs is all goo goo, ga ga over Becks?

  49. Footballer says:

    MLS a top league? Based on what? Ridiculous comments from typical American fans to compare MLS to top leagues. MLS is not better than League one in England. All the current MLS player “training” in Europe are playing with reserve teams and Under 19 teams where no one is watching.

  50. beachbum says:

    hahaha!

  51. beachbum says:

    no way, and his abilities have declined recently some…I would still LOVE to see him in MLS, but your hyperbole discredits the sometimes valid points you actually make

  52. beachbum says:

    good point, man

  53. beachbum says:

    excellent point on the Marquez Syndrome, thanks.

  54. beachbum says:

    you are overreacting again. reread how it’s posted

    ” EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 – & MLS”

    I read that as top leagues in the world…and MLS

    but we got it, American fans are all typical, yada yada yada

    there are other typical soccer fans, too :)