Solano New Team-Mate Of David Beckham

News today that former Newcastle United favorite, Nobby Solano, has signed a two year deal in Major League Soccer in America.


Nobby Solano – Nobby loved the Geordie fans, and they loved him

Nobby signed for the LA Galaxy and will probably play on the right hand side, with a certain David Beckham, playing in central midfield. An excellent capture for MLS and the Galaxy, to be sure.

This seems a good move for Nobby, since the two years will probably take the 33 year-old to the end of his career, and he will surely become a popular player in MLS. There are lots of South Americans who watch the games in the US.  Geordies in America will now become LA Galaxy fans we would imagine, and let’s not forget that Nobby is probably the best football player Peru ever produced.

Interesting to note that Nobby was on holiday in Miami earlier this summer – so maybe that’s when he was doing the deal, but certainly he should also be able to help the LA Galaxy continue to improve.

MLS is split into a Western Region and an Eastern Region and LA are currently second top in the West, a vast improvement on last season and of course their manager is a certain Ruud Gullit.  Seems like former Newcastle club players and coaches are everywhere.

David Beckham was interviewed on a popular TV show – CBS’s 60 minutes last Sunday, and he came across just great.

They interviewed his team-mates at LA, and they said as soon as David leaves the dressing room for the day, they run over to see if he had happened to have dropped a $100 note or two around. 😀

But David seems to have a great relationship with everybody over here – and believe us – he’s now a credit to both England and football.

After maturing and growing up in front of the English public, David now seems so modest and dignified, and they seem to just love the guy over here.

MLS attendaces are already up over 9% over last season, and the MLS league management attribute that to the interest generated by David Beckham, who seems to have an extremely clean cut image these days.

Of course, last week, they also showed a young looking Beckham in 1998, being sent off in the England Argentina quarter-final game in the 1998 World Cup. What a game that was, and we still think that disallowed Sol Campbell goal right at the end should have stood and given  us a famous  victory – and of course it was our own Alan Shearer who was flagged for the push following a corner, as we recall.

David only slipped up once during last Sunday’s interview when he said “football was a great game”, and then quickly added “sorry, I meant soccer,” delivered, we might add, with a sly grin.

The fact that 99% of the worlds’ population call football, football is irrelevant in the US, and it’s called soccer here, and football is American Football, played with the hands of course.   Just kidding.

Well, guess my son and I will need to check on the LA Galaxy schedule this season, and keep track of how Nobby does.

Great deal for Nobby, and of course we wish him the very best as always, although we expect him to do very well indeed in LA.

Hopefully Nobby’s deal is good enough, that he will not be one of the players rushing over, when David leaves the dressing room.  😀

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Ian Grainger

    Jul 19, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope he does well. Good luck to him

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Its the start of lots of old-ish players going to the US now. Have any people in the US noticed attendances going up since Beckham went to LA Galaxy?

  • Michael

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    So much for moving closer to his family.

  • Ian Grainger

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Michael: What’s that meant to mean? He moved closer to some in London because they were located there, but I’m assuming he’ll relocate them to America if he’s that far away. Anyway, I’m sure he said sometime he wanted to finish his career back in South America, so he’s getting closer

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Attendances are up over 9% over last season.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Thanks for that Ed. Lots of players there now. Xavier, Beckham, Solano and didnt Robert and Bernard go to that team John Carver coaches?

  • Oba

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7


    Utter legend, good luck over there.

  • Leo

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    i could be modest with the amount of money becks is earning hahahaha

    solano, good luck chappie maybe we will see you back at the toon someday as a coach.

  • Dan13

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #9

    i think olivier is just training with Carver at toronto fc
    many apologies if am wrong

  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10


  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    i cant wait until fernando comes on here, both keane and berbatov have said they want to leave tottenham, and it only took one little bit of interest for each player, fernando where are you? lol

  • Davies

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Milan – It was Toronto I think. Carver wanted Shola as well.

    Shola should have gone for it too I reckon. He might not quite cut it in the EPL anymore, but I bet he’d be a little beauty for an MLS team. Probably get a lot of wedge as well.

  • Hadji

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    I will only miss his loyalty,but i never liked his abilities tbh.
    Good luck

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Solano will be a hit for Galaxy no doubt

  • Hadji

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Spyro…..Check on the Tower Bridge maybe he’s there.

  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16

    lol @ hadji

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Hadji thats genius lol 😀

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Spurs next season


    Looks good until you see Bent upfront by himself lol Looking good Fernando 😉

    Didnt Keegan say he wouldnt be playing? What planet are the Mail on?

  • toooooon fan

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #20

    didnt keane sign a new deal

  • azim

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    solano, why u left toon since u can join MLS team…u dont miss ur WIFE mr peruvian?..u perhaps shouldn’t move from newcastle at all last season..we missed u a lot last season

  • Hadji

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro…Any news on Spears

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    If I understand it Robert’s had some good performances for Toronto?

  • beye the great

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #24

    solano is a legend and perhaps could someday become menagermaybe after kaagan and shearerand also after he has finished managing peru i know a few people will raise a few eyebrows at solano becoming a manager but as far as i am concerned he is arguably the most inteligent player to play in the prem and with his footballing knowledge i am more than sure he can do a good job

  • scott9

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #25

    solano wot a great player i wud still hav him in our team even now we hav missed his creativity no doubt

  • normski1930z

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    i wish we could find a 25 year old solano now…

  • Terry

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #27

    That’ll bring him closer to his family in London which was, ya know, the whole point of him leaving us in the first place.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ll be very happy if Wise takes over next, then Shearer, then in the distant future Solano.

  • faustino

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Tino’s interview in the Chronicle is amazing!

  • richie

    Jul 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    anyone following robbie keane he going to the pool?? bein irish hes my favourite player,,i think hes as good as it gets and should go to liverpool

    him and el nino would be a dream partnership,,go on robbie!!

  • ramalama

    Jul 19, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #31

    goo luck nobby hope to see you hit top form again, even if it is just in america

    agree with beye the great tho about him becoming a good coach possibly manager some day

  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Michael comment 2- totally true. Loved him as a player, but last time I checked Newcastle was a lot closer to London than L.A. Loyal-hmmm there is a bit more of a story there than we know about.
    Never the less good luck- just keep out the lap dancing bars!

  • tom tomb

    Jul 19, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Also he plays in Beckhams position ( or is DB playing CM for them). Should make a great pairing when playing away!

  • Jim

    Jul 19, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #34

    I mentioned this in an earlier article on Krul but thought you might be interested in the following photo of Nobby!

    What’s the story there???

  • keltek

    Jul 19, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #35

    err… is this the same Nobby Solano that left NUFC so he could be closer to his Family in London?

    my respect for nobby has gone from 100% – 0% in seconds.

  • Mr T

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #36

    My MLS team is Toronto FC.

    They have Carver, Robert, Brennan (former Norwich) Rohan Ricketts, Oliver Tebily,Mo Johnstone, and Dichio who although played for our less fortunate neighbours, is still a former english league player.

    Makes the summer drought of football shorter.

  • shearer4pm

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #37

    normski1930z – he’d have to be 21 or under or we wudnt get him lol

    wud be good tho 🙂

  • harrier

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #38

    anyone know of internet radio or sopcast so i can watch/listen to the friendly??

  • Toon/TFC Fan

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Robert does play for TFC and has been outstanding. He’s lost a step or 2, but his left foot is still amazing. Thanks to Carver, there seems to be a lot of Toon/TFC connections. We tried to sign Nobby earlier, but he wanted to stay close to his family (apparently not). Our fitness coach is former Toon coach Paul Winsper and earlier this summer we had the honor of Gary Speed working toward his coaching certification at TFC. I know Carver has been trying to sign Shola, who I think would be massive over here. I think he would really enjoy the atmosphere here. It’s not St James’s, but we sell out every game (20k), we sing and chant from before kick off until the players have left the pitch after the final whistle. Oh yeah, we’re allowed (and do) stand the entire match! They had to reinforce the stadium after the first 2 weeks last year because there were nuts and bolt falling everywhere. Hopefully the Toon can make it here next year for a friendly, as they were rumoured to be on there way here to play the MLS all-stars. Now were stuck with West Ham!! Talk about a let down!!

  • Mac

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Alex Ferg has said on an interview that he has bid for a player. The press have no idea who it is. This is definately the way to do business. Well done Newcastle for learning from the masters. Keep your cards close to your chest and give us a few more supprises but make it quick haha


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