Four Star Daily: Meeting Obama, Bruce Arena, and Beckham's influence

Chip Somodevilla

A few links to go with your morning coffee, looking at an interview with Bruce Arena, David Beckham's continuing influence, and the LA Galaxy meeting Barack Obama.

Some links to go with your mid-morning coffee

  • ESPN the magazine did an interview with Bruce Arena, and it's filled with Arena's typical one liners. Not only does it contain Arena's now famous quote that national team players should be American, but he sheds some light on the Landon Donovan situation. Far from capitulating, it seems Arena wasn't on board with Donovan's plan and tried to talk him out of it.
  • The Daily Mail takes a look at how David Beckham coming to MLS has changed the attitude of players in Europe on coming to America to play soccer football. The article calls MLS a league growing on the potential of hosting the 1994 World Cup, getting better all the time. Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins are looked at, as the Daily Mail wonders if MLS is becoming a possible feeder league for the EPL.
  • The LA Galaxy have officially announced that they will be meeting President Barack Obama on Tuesday March 26th, in a joint session with the LA Kings. The visit will also include activities for youth on the South Lawn, honoring both their athletic achievements and charitable activities.
  • Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando has been called up to national team duty, which gives old friend Josh Saunders his first start in an RSL uniform.
  • Speaking of playing through international windows, the Seattle Times lists all the upcoming international dates, and has players speak on what it's like playing through them. Clubs are unable to retain players during official FIFA international windows, and unfortunately MLS has to play through many of them.
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