Observations: July 13, 2012

Written by Ian Thomson

Here’s a brief list of articles that TSO read this week:

— ESPN.com’s Jeff Carlisle says David Beckham’s one-game suspension for his petulant behavior at San Jose Earthquakes isn’t enough

— New York Times’ Jack Bell wrote an engaging story about Gordon Hartman, the San Antonio philanthropist putting his earnings into “soccer for a cause”

— The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Dwyre tells how one University of Texas women’s soccer player’s Olympic dreams were dramatically altered

— The New York City-based Borough Boys supporters’ group took a walk around the proposed Flushing Meadows stadium site for NY2

— Soccer America’s prickly veteran writer Paul Gardner labels the MLS All-Star First 11 “a tremendous joke

— Montreal Impact forward Andrew Wenger says learning French is important to endear him to the fans, but it hasn’t been easy

— The printed “fanzine” hasn’t quite gone the way of rattles, wrist scarves and crumbling terraces, according to Sabotage Times

— Andrew Southwick of The Away End asks why any sane person who has witnessed Rangers and Celtic “strangle the life out of Scottish football” vote to reinstate the status quo

— And finally, it’s not reading but here’s a look at Darren Mattocks utilizing his high jump skills to nod Vancouver Whitecaps level against Toronto F.C. at BMO Field during Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat