People in Sports | David Beckham and Cuauhtemoc Blanco
David Beckham (pictured at left) and Cuauhtemoc Blanco: When the two marquee players of Major League Soccer's new designated player rule...
David Beckham (pictured at left) and Cuauhtemoc Blanco: When the two marquee players of Major League Soccer's new designated player rule meet on the field today in Chicago for the first time in the league's regular-season finale, a win would mean a playoff berth.
Beckham's team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, is 9-13-7. Blanco's Chicago Fire is 9-10-10. The winner would finish with MLS's eighth-best record — and the league's final playoff spot.
Beckham has been strapped by injuries after signing a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the Galaxy. Blanco, the Mexican standout who has a three-year contract that guarantees him $2.7 million this year, has been the catalyst for the Fire since joining the team in July. He has four goals and six assists in 13 games.
"I think he's a great player. He's played for great teams and for his national team," Blanco said through a translator. "He's an important player who can make a difference for whatever team he is playing for."
Responded Beckham: "We'll be watching him, but we'll be watching the rest of their players. This league deserves good players and spectacular players. We have a few of those.
"Cuauhtemoc is a very good player, but it's not about individuals, it's about teams. Team rivalries are what you really want to see."
The Associated Press
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