Robbie Keane Imitates Dennis Bergkamp Overshadowing Steven Gerrard’s Debut

Steven Gerrard was introduced to the L.A. Galaxy faithful this weekend and put in a decent 45 minutes. He also managed to get into the MLS all-star game through a Commissioner’s Pick, which made a few players tweet that perhaps Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, and Giovanni Dos Santos should also get a few call ups, seeing how they had the same number of MLS caps as Lampard and Gerrard.

From SI.com:

NYCFC’s Frank Lampard and the L.A. Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard. Both high-profile midfielders have only just started training with their clubs, and neither had played a single second of MLS action at the time Commissioner Don Garber summoned them to appear in the All-Star game.

Let’s be honest. All-Star games are a way for fans to see the big names. Gerrard and Lampard are obviously not playing at an All-Star level right now, but that’s who fans want to see. Despite someone jokingly saying that Pirlo should be added, in reality, he probably should! You don’t want to see Pirlo play? Any good All-Star team should be comprised of the players who are performing at the highest level and the most popular players. That’s how baseball usually does it. The system is inherently flawed and will never have a completely satisfying outcome partly because it’s subjective and partly because the fans have a heavy-handed influence. The team with the most loyal following will squeeze in some less than deserving players.

One man who the fans should be noticing right now is Robbie Keane, who scored one of the best goals you’ll see this year. In the match against Club America, Keane pulled down a Juninho long-ball and lightly controlled it to his right foot then finished beautifully. Dennis Bergkamp couldn’t have done it any better (well, that’s not true, but it’s close). It’s a pass that Stevie G has made before, though this time it was Juninho. The control and finish were outstanding.

Keane was not nominated to the all-star team, but should make the roster when coaches fill out their line-ups.

If you’re not following the MLS, it might be time to start.

Oh, and here’s the Dennis Bergkamp goal with Jack van Gelder losing his gourd as the announcer.

Steven Gerrard Bids a Bittersweet Farewell to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge

The Chelsea fans showed respect for a couple of seconds for me, but slaughtered me all game so I’m not going to get drawn into wishing the Chelsea fans well.

It’s nice of them to turn up for once today. The standing ovation from a stadium is always nice, but what’s important to me is the Liverpool fans and they have been there since day one.

~ Steven Gerrard

Spoken like a true competitor and like a Red through and through.  And I think it’s great.  There was just the right amount of respect and disdain from both sides.  The Chelsea fans appreciate Gerrard and his commitment to Liverpool as well as his passion for the game.  But they aren’t about to give him a farewell tour and shower him with gifts a la Derek Jeter with the Yankees. They are Chelsea fans and while they admire him, they also don’t care for him or Liverpool. So they applaud him when he leaves the pitch as a sign of respect for his career, but howl at him while he’s on the pitch trying to score against their beloved Blues. A sense of humanity swept over the Chelsea faithful as they saw one of their favorite pantomime villains leave the stage for the last time.  I can only imagine that the loss of Gerrard will allow them to turn their animus to their own players as they seem to rule atop the Premier League without any clear rivals.

But not that Gerrard is bitter about the reception from the fans or would expect anything different.  He wasn’t looking for a warm reception, which is why he used the chance to get in one last jab at the Chelsea fans.  He wasn’t seduced by the applause as he left the field.  He thanked them for the kind gesture, but reminded them that they will always be second class to the fans at Anfield that have supported him from the beginning.