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Solano New Team-Mate Of David Beckham

11:56 am, Saturday, July 19th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 59 Comments

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

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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. :D

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.  :D

Comments welcome.



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59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ian Grainger // Jul 19, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    I hope he does well. Good luck to him

  • 2 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    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?

  • 3 Michael // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    So much for moving closer to his family.

  • 4 Ian Grainger // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    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

  • 5 Ed Harrison // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Attendances are up over 9% over last season.

  • 6 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:09 PM

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

  • 7 Oba // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    MON NOBBY!

    Utter legend, good luck over there.

  • 8 Leo // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    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.

  • 9 Dan13 // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

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

  • 10 Matt // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Legend.

  • 11 Spyro // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    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

  • 12 Davies // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    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.

  • 13 Hadji // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

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

  • 14 Spyro // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Solano will be a hit for Galaxy no doubt

  • 15 Hadji // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM

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

  • 16 Spyro // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    lol @ hadji

  • 17 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Hadji thats genius lol :D

  • 18 toooooon fan // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    never believe the mail

    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/football/article-1036312/Newcastles-7m-signing-Gutierrez-earn-stripes-Hartlepool.html?ITO=1490

  • 19 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Spurs next season

    Gomes-Hutton-King-Woodgate-Gilberto-Lennon-Jenas-Modric-Huddlestone-Giovani-Bent

    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?

  • 20 toooooon fan // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    didnt keane sign a new deal

  • 21 azim // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    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

  • 22 Hadji // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Spyro…Any news on Spears

  • 23 AndyNUFC // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:38 PM

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

  • 24 beye the great // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    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

  • 25 scott9 // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    solano wot a great player i wud still hav him in our team even now we hav missed his creativity no doubt
    GOOD LUK NOBBY YOUR A LEGEND

  • 26 normski1930z // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

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

  • 27 Terry // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    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.

  • 28 AndyNUFC // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:45 PM

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

  • 29 faustino // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Tino’s interview in the Chronicle is amazing!

  • 30 richie // Jul 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    anyone following robbie keane transfer..is 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!!

  • 31 ramalama // Jul 19, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    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

  • 32 tom tomb // Jul 19, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    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!

  • 33 tom tomb // Jul 19, 2008 at 1:22 PM

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

  • 34 Jim // Jul 19, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    I mentioned this in an earlier article on Krul but thought you might be interested in the following photo of Nobby!
    http://www.epltalk.com/nolberto-solano-loses-his-mind/2428

    What’s the story there???

  • 35 keltek // Jul 19, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    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.

  • 36 Mr T // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    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.

  • 37 shearer4pm // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:06 PM

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

    wud be good tho :)

  • 38 harrier // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:09 PM

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

  • 39 Toon/TFC Fan // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    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!!

  • 40 Mac // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    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

  • 41 ramalama // Jul 19, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    if nobby wants to wave a gun about at a shirt let him

  • 42 Danny // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Attendances up 9%… So they are getting back the money they pay him??

  • 43 Spyro // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    just watched some official videos on the nufc.premiumtv.com site, it looks like Viduka has lost weight so thats good eh. Gutierrez speaks good english and i have also just found out that our trialists played in a behind closed doors match against leeds. Hopefully they impressed

  • 44 xfer // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Good signing from them. IMO, two of the best crosser of the ball. Never a bad idea.

    I remember there was a season where they rate the cross’s accuracy, Solano won Beckham on that particular season, which is always pleasing as a fan.

  • 45 Ant // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Nobby was and will always be a legend. Loved the lad and think we could do a lot worse than signing him again ourselves.

    The experience, skill and work-ethic he brought to the Black ‘n’ White was un-matchable.

    Best of luck to the lad and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to become a huge success.

    Any chance of a miniature feature on his progress for Galaxy? Just a thought Ed.

  • 46 domtoon // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    It’s okay, they do things differently over in South America. Besides, it’s Nobby!!

  • 47 kenneth // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Ed, the caption for the picture should be “loves” and “love”, present tense, not past. We will always love Nobby!

  • 48 Frankieboy // Jul 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Good old Nobby.
    Will be as popular over there as he was up here.

  • 49 faustino // Jul 19, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    For gods sake some of you, give it a rest…. your geography and loyalty to the Nob is appalling.

    Did you not stop to think that LA is a HELL of a lot closer to Peru than EITHER London or Newcastle.

  • 50 Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH // Jul 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    From what I have seen of LA Galaxy they have possibly the worst player I have ever seen in defence, Xavier. He makes Titus look classy.

  • 51 keltek // Jul 19, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Faustino, dont be a nugget… Nobbies family is in LONDON, he said he wanted to leave NUFC so he could be closer to his family in LONDON. He said when the Hammers released him that he would like to rejoin NUFC but cant beause of the distance to his family in LONDON.

    now hes in LA which is a tad farther from London than NEWCASTLE.

  • 52 shirts // Jul 19, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    I believe LA cut Abel Xavier from the roster this week.

    Solano will be in LA with a HUGE Latin American presence. Flights from LA to Peru are a few hours, but basically the same time zone, so for visiting family it’s much, much easier than London.

    He’s still a good player and will do very well in the league.

    Consider–Juan Pablo Angel, who couldn’t get regular games at Aston Villa, was one of the league’s top scorers last season for the Red Bulls of New York (my local club…) and it’s easy to see that aging European and South American players can make huge impacts on the league here.

    Not to mention the impact Cuactemoc Blanco has had. He’s been great for Chicago.

    The quality’s not good, but it’s definitely getting better.

    NY Red Bulls vs. Galaxy today–6:30 Eastern Time! I guess that’s 11:30 pm in the UK.

    Too bad the Red Bulls are totally pants.

    Wonder if Nobby will play today…

  • 53 Always NUFC! // Jul 19, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Lads

    I don’t think it is Nobby who wanted to be away from Newcastle.

    Can’t anyone remember the evening chronicle story a few years ago about where he ALLGEGEDLY had a thing with a toon lass?

    Maybe that’s why his family went “Sarf” and why anywhere – apart from back to Newcastle would have been ok.

    I think we all know that Nobby is torn between the love for his family & the love for the Toon & he made the right choice – family 1st.

    Nobby will ALWAYS be a hero in the toon & he will be GUTTED that he can’t play for us again.

    For those of you who say Nobby has went down in your estimation………SHAME ON YOU!

    I very much doubt we will (in the near future – maybe never) have a hero the likes of Nobby playing in a B&W shirt!

    Good luck Nobby – you deserve it!

  • 54 Boater // Jul 19, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Ahhh lads… you sound like bunny boilers half of you. Nobby delivered consistently season upon season for us, he jumped at the chance to come back and then – upon being dropped more often than not by roeder – made a dignified exit as opposed to having a pop at the management.
    remember SBr’s words about what a gent he was – damn right his guile and creativity was Beardsley-esque at unlocking defences and if only there was a young peruvian in his mould we could sign… oh yeah there is he’s called farfan but we rejected the opportunity TWICE to bring him here alas….
    Nobby – a true toon legend… all the best stateside yee daft genius.

  • 55 Buck // Jul 19, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Galaxy STH here. I’ve known Nobby for a few years now since I worked with a Peruvian here in the states who was extremely proud of him. The Galaxy back line has been dreadful this season and the midfield has been a superhighway into our goal. If this signing pans out, it will really help a lot. I won’t go into it here, but you should check out how MLS teams PAY their players. There are very restrictive salary caps that limit how much you can pay players which obviously limits the kind of talent you can attract. Each team is given a single exception to the cap, which is Beckham for the Galaxy. Not sure how Nobby will be paid. He has to fit within the approx $2.5 million salary cap and we are pretty booked up already.

  • 56 holykev // Jul 19, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Here here Always NUFC! Nobby will always be a Geordie!

  • 57 keltek // Jul 19, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    why does everyone keep on saying it will be quicker to get to his family from LA?

    Nobbies immediete family, i.e. his kids and their mother are in London.

    granted he will probably have some other family in Peru but the average person would want to be closer to their progeny than their relatives.

  • 58 shirts // Jul 21, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    I assume he’d move the wife and kids to LA. The weather is certainly better and it’s win-win vis-a-vis trips to Peru. If it’s the education of his kids he’s thinking of, there are (obviously) great schools in LA they could transfer to from their probably wonderful schools in London.

    Besides, has he been offered a spot at NUFC? Or anywhere else in England? I don’t see how this can be held against him.

    I wish him the best and look forward to his abilities improving the MLS a bit.

    It’s good to see great players like this coming in, even if it’s the end of their careers. Their knowledge will help our league get stronger. God knows we need it.

    Not to clear on MLS structure, but I think teams can also trade their Designated Player (is that what it’s called?) slot. LA now has three of those–Beckham, Landon and Carlos Ruiz. I heard a rumor that they’re shipping Ruiz out soon and this slot could be used for Solano.

  • 59 Cesar Palomino // Jul 24, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Not to be disrecpecful with the note, I love Nobby BUT to be considered the best player that Peru produced is too big of a title though, Research on “TEOFILO CUBILLAS” that would be the best player that Peru ever produced.




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