UEFA Champions League
Previous
Aktobe Lento
Dinamo Tbilisi
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
FK Ventspils
Malmo FF
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rabotnicki Kometal
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
Stromsgodset
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
NK Maribor
Zrinjski Mostar
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
St Patricks
Legia Warsaw
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
FC Aarau
FC Sion Sitten
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Thun
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
San Jose
Chicago
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Antonio Scorpions
Carolina RailHawks
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Bolívar
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Instituto de Córdoba
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Defensa y Justicia
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Ceará
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Avaí
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
ABC
Novo Hamburgo
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Botafogo da Paraiba
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
CR Vasco da Gama
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Bahia
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Sport Huancayo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
Postp
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
Postp
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Postp
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
Postp
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
Postp
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
FC Tokyo
0
1
FT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Shimizu S-Pulse
4
0
FT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
2
2
FT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Kawasaki Frontale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kashiwa Reysol
5
2
FT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Urawa Red Diamonds
0
2
FT
Game Details
Vantforet Kofu
Cerezo Osaka
0
0
FT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Nagoya Grampus Eight
3
3
FT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
Portland Thorns FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 17, 2007

MLS chief hails 'fantastic' impact of Beckham

David Beckham delivered 'in every measure' according to Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, despite appearing in only five games in his first season in the United States.

Garber hailed Beckham during his State of the League address in Washington on today, insisting the former England captain had been a fabulous addition to the league despite the injuries that prevented him from playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in all but five games.

'The signing of David Beckham delivered on our expectations in every measure,' Garber said. 'The exposure we got because of David Beckham, regardless of how many games he played, was fantastic.'

Beckham arrived in LA in July already carrying an ankle injury which he then aggravated. When he finally got over it, he suffered a knee injury that kept him out of all but the final two games of the season.

Beckham's absence deflated the huge sense of anticipation about his arrival, but Garber is confident the buzz will return when a healthy Beckham takes to the field in 2008.

'He can have his freshman year in his sophomore year,' Garber said. 'The way we look at it, we're going to have the first year all over again and maybe that's a good thing.'

Garber also pointed to the impact Beckham had been able to make off the field, despite his injuries.

'He is an absolute gentlemen,' Garber said. 'Everything we asked David to do, he did.'

Garber cited the record-breaking attendance which broke the three million mark for the first time, as well as ESPN ratings that climbed 25%, as evidence that the league was more popular than ever with Beckham and other star signings like Cuauhtemoc Blano and Juan Pablo Angel on board.

There is also evidence of the new gravitas enjoyed by MLS in the guest list at the event hotel for this weekend's MLS Cup final.

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, ex-Arsenal vice chairman David Dein and Bundesliga chief Werner Hackmann have all been in attendance in Washington this week to talk to MLS officials.

'The fire and the light from those signings has made a lot of people interested in MLS that wouldn't have been interested before,' MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidas said.

'Mourinho is here because he's intrigued by the MLS, he really wants to learn more about it. I can't tell you that he wouldn't be here without David Beckham, but my guess is maybe he wouldn't.'

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.