PHL Azkals to play vs LA Galaxy on December 3

When Azkals team manager Dan Palami said that the team has an early Christmas gift for Filipino fans, he wasn’t kidding. As an early Christmas gift to the supporters of the Azklas and Filipino football fans, the Azkals team manager announced that the major league soccer team, LA Galazy, will be visiting Manila and will be also be playing a friendly game against the Philippine Azklas on December 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

LA Galaxy President Thomas Payne also confirmed that the entire Galaxy Team, together with the football superstar David Beckham and Galaxy stars Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, will be indeed visiting the Philippines on December 3, 2011.

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of a crowd that’s in front of the action. It’s gonna be a really memorable night for this community and for the sport of soccer,” Payne said.

Aside from the friendly match, the Galaxy team will also hold an open practice on December 2 from 9 am to 11 am and a football clinic for children from 2pm to 4pm which will also be held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Payne believes that the activity will contribute to the popularity of football. “Coming into a market like this, which is going football-crazy as I understand… putting on a game, bringing this kind of PR and media can only be good for the sport in this country,” he said.

Palami also mentioned that the event will mark the end of a great year for the Philippine Azkals.

Beckham, highest paid player in Major league soccer

Injured David Beckham is still the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer while Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman is fourth on the list.

Beckham, who hasn’t played this season for the Los Angeles Galaxy because of a torn Achilles tendon, again tops the league at US$6.5 million in guaranteed compensation this year, according to the list released Monday by the MLS Players Union.

Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan is second at $2.13 million, followed by New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel at $1.92 million, de Guzman at $1.72 million and Seattle midfielder Freddie Lungberg at $1.31 million.

In addition to Donovan, other U.S. World Cup team players listed include the Galaxy’s Edson Buddle ($188,448), Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein ($100,000) and Real Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley ($87,316).