Soccer Watch: MLS and Internationals Battle

Soccer Watch: MLS and Internationals Battle

David Beckham unveiled a custom pair of adidas cleats with the names of his children stitched onto them.David Beckham unveiled a custom pair of adidas cleats with the names of his children stitched onto them.

words // Nick Engvall

Real Madrid was among the many international teams that made their way to the United States recently for the Herbalife World Football Challenge. Of course, as is often the case when teams from overseas play against MLS teams, Americans realize how far we have to go before having truly world class soccer here in the United States. Nevertheless, it gives fans a rare chance to check out their favorite players from around the world.

And if you’re David Beckham, you get the chance to play against your former team, and their new superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Beckham, who added another child to his family just weeks ago, was sporting a new pair of adidas soccer cleats with the names of each of his children stitched into the white leather.

The World Football Challenge will continue on with matches of the next few days and a final match with the MLS All-Stars taking on Manchester United.

Check out some of the Soccer Watch coverage from around the world this week below, courtesy of Yahoo.

Soccer Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

A close up of Beckham's adidas soccer cleats.A close up of Beckham’s adidas soccer cleats.

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing his Nike signature boots, showed LA fans how good he is.Cristiano Ronaldo wearing his Nike signature boots, showed LA fans how good he is.

Newcomer to Real Madrid, Joselu, with a bicycle kick wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.Newcomer to Real Madrid, Joselu, with a bicycle kick wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.

Dominic Oduro of Chicago Fire wearing PUMA soccer cleats.Dominic Oduro of Chicago Fire wearing PUMA soccer cleats.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal makes a run wearing Nike soccer cleats.Theo Walcott of Arsenal makes a run wearing Nike soccer cleats.

Oscar Rojas of Club America wearing the latest colorway of the adidas F50 adiZero.Oscar Rojas of Club America wearing the latest colorway of the adidas F50 adiZero.

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur wearing the F50 adiZero.Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur wearing the F50 adiZero.

Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquake takes a shot wearing Nike soccer cleats.Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquake takes a shot wearing Nike soccer cleats.

Shaun Wright-Phillips of Manchester City wearing the F50 adiZero.Shaun Wright-Phillips of Manchester City wearing the F50 adiZero.

Soccer Watch: MLS Cup 2010 Edition

Soccer Watch: MLS Cup 2010 Edition

words_Nick Engvall

In the United States the sport of soccer seems to come up against some consistent road bumps on its journey to main stream popularity. However, if you’ve seen or attended any of the recent Major League Soccer matches, then you would probably agree it’s pretty easy to get hooked into the excitement that the players and more importantly their fans bring to each and every match.

This weekend FC Dallas surprised MLS fans by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0, sending superstar David Beckham and 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner Landon Donovan home for an early winter break. FC was led by midfielder David Ferreira as they have been all season. Ferreira scored in the 25th minute and that’s really all FC Dallas needed to clinch the Western Conference Title.

In the Eastern Conference, after upsetting the New York Red Bulls, the San Jose Earthquake took on the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids proved to be to tough on the defensive side for San Jose, shutting down their offense almost completely. Kosuke Kimura of Colorado scored just before the half in Saturday’s game to seal the victory for the Rapids.

The deciding match for the MLS Cup 2010 will take place Sunday evening on ESPN.

Anthony Wallace of FC Dallas elevates for a header wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Anthony Wallace of FC Dallas elevates for a header wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.

Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake wearing the Nike Tiempo Classic.Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake wearing the Nike Tiempo Classic.

Geovanni of San Jose controls the ball wearing the adidas adiPure III.Geovanni of San Jose controls the ball wearing the adidas adiPure III.

Omar Cummings shoots wearing the PUMA Omar Cummings shoots wearing the PUMAV5.10.

Brandon McDonald defeated in the Nike Total 90 Laser III.Brandon McDonald defeated in the Nike Total 90 Laser III.

Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR360 Maestri leaps over Marvin ChavezLandon Donovan in the Nike CTR360 Maestri leaps over Marvin Chavez in the adidas F50 adiZero.

David Beckham looking defeated in the adidas Predator X.David Beckham looking defeated in the adidas Predator X.

Kosuke Kimura of the Colorado Rapids celebrates the Eastern Conference tile.Kosuke Kimura of the Colorado Rapids celebrates the Eastern Conference tile.