7.20.2009

Video: Riot Squad Member Takes The Beckham Challenge



And you thought New York had beef with Beckham last week? Please. Hatred from the opposing fans is one thing, but hatred from the home supporters who feel a bit like a woman scorned is some whole other sh*t. After enduring more than a little stick from the Riot Squad during last night's friendly versus AC Milan, Becks apparently lost the plot for a minute and challenged a fan to take it outside --or take it to the field as it were since they were already outside.

If his famously resolute demeanor is starting to crack already it is A) surprising and B) going to be a looooong rest of the season. Grab some popcorn, a beer and a nice reclining chair...this could get interesting.

35 comments:

Jeff said...

how long till the MLS has a "melee in the palace" moment ala the pistons and pacers

Kansas said...

I was in the North End last night, and we let him have it. I was wondering exactly what happened with the Riot Squad. Very interesting to see the video. Beckham looked more comfortable with his teammates from AC Milan. He should have just stayed there.

jamesey said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD739mbxb3A

Faux Fur and Soccer Shirts said...

Well, well . . .and here I was thinking that LA fans were ready to bend over for the Golden One. Good shit.

UnionCityBlue said...

Remind me what Beckham is supposed to have done wrong, other than sign up for MLS.

Anonymous said...

He should ask Eric Cantona how to shut up a fan.

Pete said...

UnionCityBlue,

What did he do wrong? It's simple-he forced a loan to AC Milan thus missing 1/2 of the season he was contracted to play with L.A. Teams create loans to provide their players with more playing if they're not getting it with their own club and to allow for more developement. It would be one thing if he went to Milan simply in the MLS offseason too remain sharp for his English chances, but a situation in which he misses 1/2 of the MLS season is ridiculous.

Super Rookie said...

Maybe Beckham thought that guy was one of the anonymous sources for the new book.

Lucas said...

What a dumb cunt.

Anonymous said...

wahaha. how are they called again? Riot Squad? waahaha. dumb f*x. He was loaned, and dumb f*x got to see AC Milan bc of that. must be too stupid to understand that since they are dumb enough to form a stupid squad. wtf, wonder why they didnt call it BoySquat or something?!? wahaha.

Bakes said...

It continues to baffle me why these idiot fans, and some of the moron posters (hi Pete) don't seem to understand that is is part of the age-old "Club vs. Country" impasse. Oh wait... of course they don't understand, these "soccer" fans simply don't understand international football. Is the LA Galaxy complaining about the million$ that Beckham gave them so that he could go on loan? Is the MLS? Is either the club or the league complaining about the friendly that resulted from the deal?

Beckham's priority is with his country in their quest to qualify for the World Cup... any football fan would understand this. Of course the second-class hacks that comprise most of the MLS fandom won't get that. I'm not here to bash all US fans, but unfortunately the amount of ignorance and negativity is seizing the debate away from the pragmatic few who understand that all involved, Becks, MLS, LA Galaxy... and even the fans themselves, stand to benefit from Beckham taking England to South Africa. Which middling league wouldn't want a World Cup player on the field?

And please... don't start with "we already have World Cup players in Donovan and..."

Anonymous said...

The L.A Galaxy fans sounded like little boys... Beckham may well be a professional footballer but they're professionals in their line of work and i guarentee that they would not take half the stick Beckham has got in his life. They just kept saying he couldn't do it and that it was stupid. Grow a brain and fill it is what i say to those L.A galaxy fans. They're probably only watching the game because of him. Americans especially got summed up yesterday - their ignorant , arrogant and full of themselevs. They have no idea what confrontations he's been through in his career - death threats made against him and his family - he always comes out on top... he's respected all over the world and that's despite all whose come before him and criticised him including top coaches, players and fans and he will continue to do so - Galaxy would be a nothing team without him and noone outside of the U.S had probably even heard of the galaxy before he went there... treat him like crap and noone will want to go there. At the end of the day the fans dislike him because he's been honest - if that'swhat it's like to go to america then who'd want to go... America are alienating themselves from the rest of the world. The Obama election was meant to make you better allies with the rest of the world, not bigger enemies.

Anonymous said...

@ Bakes

Do you think supporters in Manchester, Madrid or any other major soccer city would react any better if he did what he (disrespect the team, force a loan for half a season and then comeback, and have his management team hold the front office hostage for 2 years, and then taunt a fan to jump out of the stands) did there? The chants and boos would be even louder!!!

Don't critisize the fans, because they are passionate or "don't understand international football". They understand it pretty well. They also know a wanker when they see one, and will let him know how they feel.

jamesey said...

Beckham is a bitch, and so are the fans that eat his BS like it's royal jelly.

Adam said...

Look, as part of the Squad, I dont want to speak for the whole, but I dont think what our guy did was right. It was a dumb move, drunk or not.

The reason we booed Becks is because he does not want to be here. It is well documented that he wants to stay with Milan and did all he could to stay there and not come back to LA. Why would we support a player that didnt want to play for/ with our team. Can you imagine the reception Manny Ramirez would have gotten at Dodger Stadium had he practiced with the Angels during his suspension, and complimented the quality of players, the management, the facility, and said I want to stay here in Anaheim. Im am positive that would have infuriated the Dodger faithful and they too would have booed Manny. Had Beckham gone to Milan to stay sharp then come back to LA to honor his contract and been with us from the start, we would have welcomed him back and none of this would have ever happened.

Calling the Squad ignorant is really not accurate at all. We are a knowledgeable and passionate soccer group, many of whom have had season tickets for years and have supported the Galaxy since day one (quite literally). We support the LA GALAXY, not David Beckham. As our sign said yesterday, "Here before you, here after you..."

tucksider said...

I actually tend to agree with most of you that the Riot Squad was a little out of line, but still, Eurosnobbery must not go uncontested. So here we go:

We'll start with Anonymous #2: Oooooooh, lucky them. They got to behold the miraculous glory of AC Milan in preseason form, and all they had to do was go without their second-best player for half the MLS season. Sounds fair to me... maybe if we're lucky Milan will let us kiss their ring!

tucksider said...

An to Mr. Bakes: You're mostly right, but there's a pretty significant difference here in that the club vs. country debate comes loaded with a complete lack of respect for club. Capello is a classless prick -- remember, this is the same prejudiced d-bag that decided Becks had lost it as soon as he so much as signed with the Galaxy, and he let him rot on the Madrid bench for months before finally letting the player come in and save his ass. And he's basically said he doesn't believe Becks can handle going up against super-awesome European competition if his day job is in lowly MLS. If I haven't made it quite clear, I think this is patently ridiculous... Becks ran over to Milan and immediately started lighting up the scoresheet within weeks of playing with the poor benighted children on this side of the pond.

At any rate, the point is: even if you can understand Becks' position on this (and I definitely can), the whole situation reads as a big F* YOU to MLS and its fans. If he does make the WC squad and has a positive impact (though I'm guessing he'll just ride the pine), people like you will just talk about how the Milan loan kept his quality from getting dragged down by the clumsy goons who play over here. I don't want to hear it.

tucksider said...

And whoah... Anonymous #3: OK, so... All the good will that resulted from the Obama election has been undone... because we don't like Becks anymore? This has nothing to do with politics or American hegemony or whatever. This has to do with some fans getting tired of their league being treated like some sort of vacation spot. This is a sporting issue, pal. You need to work out your jingoism on some other forum.

Cindy said...

those fans are right in the sense that Beckham is the professional here and shouldn't be start pissing contests with irate fans. i'm positive he's dealt with much worse on the much bigger teams he's been on so why does the LA Galaxy and their fans get under his skin so much and make him lose his cool? fans booing is part of the game and Beckham should have known better.

Anonymous said...

its the LA Riot Squad, referencing the LA Riots of the mid 90's. They didn't just make it up.

Anonymous said...

For those wondering what the problem is, it is not that he went on loan and came back. Its that he went on loan, and while over there, kept publicly saying that he hoped he didn't have to come back and that he could stay.

Anonymous said...

Props to LARS for the banners and the booing.
Those who don't understand should STFU.

ELAC

Malcolm Rolex said...

yeah... big ups to the riot squad...

Mingo said...

Cripes SF I can't remember the last time you had such an outpouring of comments for a post.

Anonymous said...

Boy, you cant buy this kind of publicity for 250Million!!

Im sorry but I dont buy that spin his handlers got him to say.

The video was clear, he wasnt inviting the guy down for tea, it was a "come down here and say that to my face if you are a man" hand signals.
Look at his body language..
ANYONE knows that as soon as a fan steps down on the field, hell get pounded on by security and Becky didnt think the fan would come down, that simple.

>I said, `You need to calm down and come shake >my hand,’ and he jumped over.”

Really? Then why didnt you tell the security to let him meet you? Or invite the guy after the game to meet him?

Utter and total BS, like everything that comes out of this mans mouth.

Watch the video and tell me if he was inviting him for a chat or to 'come down here if youre a man' knowing fully that there were dozens of security who were going to make sure the guy doesnt come close. The world is full of these "hold me back guys or Im going to something" frauds like his "Im gonna jump over this railing and get you" half hearted attempt to jump over it..

I knew the Experiment was going to be a failure. His talent is that of a field goal kicker, a one trick pony, and he has the personality of a wet blanket.
But ask me two years ago if I thought wed be in the middle of this, and I wouldnt have believed it.

Jess said...

Hey Riot Squad. Thanks a lot. You guys have provided David and by association, Landon, with the motivation to take this team all the way. You guys are going to be all over his jock when that happens. HAHA. In one weekend, you guys have become a joke.

A Galaxy Fan

Don Garber said...

Great reading!!

Now my 2c worth:

You don't want to be here, and we don't give a shit that you are here...and try winning some games for the LAG before you try talking shit...last time I looked you were one step above worthless in MLS.

Sod off you cunt!

Anonymous said...

hey bakes, you can suck my irish c*ck you fuckin euro faggot.

Barca said...

I except nothing less from a Madridista.

Anonymous said...

Hooray! We in America now have decent soccer hooliganism...one step closer to joining/understanding/appreciating soccer the way the rest of world (apparently) does...ha ha, watch out international soccer community!

Tongue firmly implanted in cheek, natch.

Anonymous said...

MLS is wack...boo him...wow typical american fans. First you praise him and when he wants out you belittle him. Make up your mind. The galaxy was not going anywhere. They still can't win the MLS so give it up. All the real players are in European leagues anyways. Get over it he still has control of his own future and you are just still crying about it....hahahaha....bend over MLS for beckham....Minor League Soccer..hahahahah

Herbert's 2 Cents said...

beckham is still best player in mls far better than landycakes

Anonymous said...

"Club vs. Country" ? Last time I checked, Milan was in Italy, not the UK. And secondly, what would happen if LeBron missed half a season so he could go play in the European basketball league (full of floppers who whine like the rest of you Europeans)? Cavs fans would be pissed too. It is a matter of signing a deal and sticking to it, something it seems only Americans can stick to. At least we aren't cheese-eating surrender monkeys like the French.

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