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December 04, 2011


It all started with a dream.

The Philippine Football Team, Azkals dreamt of playing against the Professional Football titans, The Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Filipino kids, aspired to be like one of the Azkals.

And, I wished to see how hot David Beckham is (and of course, James Younghusband too!)

All these, happened in one magical night, of
December 3rd, 2011, 7:30pm at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium!  Even if Mrs. Posh Spice's husband and I didn't personally meet, seeing him play in person with our very own Philippine Azkals was enough for me for now.  =)

I am an Azkals fan by heart, thanks to the Younghusband's brothers, especially to James.  Come 'on! You can never blame me for liking football without liking first these two guys, then Aly, Neil, and Anton. 
Who doesn't?

Anyhow, when I learned that the former England Captain, and Manchester United Midfielder, and Posh Spice' hubby,
David Beckham is coming to Manila with his new team, The LA Galaxy, I knew I have to grab my tickets just to see them play some ball!  The bad news is, the tickets are too pricey for ordinary person like me if you want the best seats in the stadium, (sob! sob! sob!),  but the good news is that, the 2-day event are all for a good cause.

LA GALAXY has jumped across the Pacific for a trio of friendlies. T
he first of these friendlies was last Wednesday, November 30th, when they take on the Indonesia Under-23 men's national team at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta; The score was 1-0, in favor of the LA Galaxy. 

Their second stop is in
Manila for a 2-day event, until they head to Australia to conclude their three-game tour against Melbourne Victory of the Hyundai A-League in the Hyundai Melbourne Challenge, at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, December 6th.

The Manila schedule: 
  • December 2:  9am-12nn -  LA Galaxy Practice. 
  • December 2:  2pm-5pm -  LA Galaxy Football Clinic. 
  • December 3:  7:30pm-11pm -  PHL Azkals vs. LA Galaxy, Dream Cup 2011  
Donovan and Beckham's invitation for all Filipinos:

Dream Cup 2011 Ticket Prices:
  • VVIP / Lower Grandstand, Center -  ₱15,500
  • Lower Grandstand,  Left/Right -  ₱10,500 
  • Upper Grandstand, Center -  ₱12,500
  • Upper Grandstand,  Left/Right -  ₱9,000
  • White Bleachers - ₱5,000 
  • Blue/Green Bleachers -  ₱2,000
Just as I said, the Dream Cup 2011 tickets are too pricey for me, yet, due to my earnest desire to see Beckham live, I grabbed the lowest seats I could find, and the view are still great.  Maybe not excellent, no close-up encounters with the stars, but still awesome!

My ticket!
The teams practicing before the game
Azkals and Galaxy - practice
Even this little kid came in to see the game with her dad. 
Opening Ceremony
Let the games begin!

Beckham ready to serve!
The other Azkals doing some stretching while watching the 1st half
Me, looking excited!
The bleachers crowd
The VIP and Media people (in short, can afford peeps, lol) 
The scoreboard

The UP PEP Squad for the Half Time

Beckham, ready for another serve.

The farewell walk.

Game Recap: 

Goal Keepers of the night were, Ed Sacapano and Paolo Pascual.  Our very own, Philippine Azkals were missing key players that night like, Roland Muller and Neil Etheridge who were both busy with their club commitments in GermanyJerry Lucena, Dennis Cagara, Stephan Schrock, and Paul Mulders were also not present.

LA Galaxy won the match with a score of 6-1.  
David Beckham made 2 successful goals for his team, while Mike Magee, Robbie Keanne, Adam Cristman and the retiring Gregg Berhalter made one goal each.

Phil Younghusband, on the other hand made the single goal for team Azkals at the 39th minute of the game.

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