NY MINUTE: Beckham, Wambach, WPS And A Cornucopia Of Soccer Goodness

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When you are a Hollywood superstar, there are certain staples you have to live by. First, always be larger than life. Second? Never miss a photo opp. Third, and perhaps most important … always keep them waiting.

With that said, David Beckham is Hollywood, and he has been proving it all this week. The out of contract Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder is keeping everyone on the tips of their toes as they await to find out where the brand will land next. Various Parisian reports had the English legend arriving this weekend during the PSG match.

He didn’t. Let them wait, says Hollywood.

Since then, reports have plastered French media claiming an offer has been accepted by the English midfielder for a reported $1.05 million per month for 18 months of service. Beckham’s camp has strongly denied the claim, saying that other sides, including the LA Galaxy, were still in the running for his services.

Though there is little doubt he will sign with Paris, you can count on this; Beckham will be showing up late to the party … just so all eyes can be on him.

There are so many things happening in and around domestic and international soccer that we are going to be link dumping the goodness for you to devour. Check out the latest on this weeks New York Minute:

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While Beckham leaves everyone in suspense, explosive Galaxy midfielder Juninho has made his Hollywood exit, stage left. The Brazilian playmaker has signed a contract with Sao Paolo in his native land; a big move by any standard for the 22 year old.

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The Times Of London has accelerated the long lingering rumors linking Thierry Henry to a one month loan deal. The reason for the short term is in order to back up Arsenal’s outstanding striker Robin Van Persie through the New Year, while buying time for a more steady, viable person to fill the role. The article quotes Gunners head man Arsene Wenger, stating, “At the moment, Thierry Henry just practices with us. I cannot tell you even if there is a chance [of a deal] because… I haven’t been concrete on the case.”

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U.S. veteran defender Gregg Berhalter broke a bit of a glass ceiling for aspiring American coaches everywhere this past week, joining big name Swedish outfit Hammerby as manager. The move was surely facilitated by AEG, owners of the LA Galaxy and minority holders at Hammerby, who saw first hand Berhalter’s influence as a player/coach for the Galaxy this season. Brian Sciaretta of the New York Times does an excellent job of chronicling Berhalter’s ascension to the managerial ranks, and the rough road he took to get there.

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Congratulations to U.S. Women’s National team player Abby Wambach, who was voted AP Female Athlete of the year, beating out fellow teammate Hope Solo by a wide margin, followed by UConn basketball star Maya Moore at a distant third.

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Speaking of Women’s Soccer, the WPS has received conditional sanctioning as a division one league allowing the organization to commence play under the U.S. Soccer umbrella in a five team field next season (including the Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Sky Blue FC, Philadelphia Independence and the reigning champion Western New York Flash). With no time to waste, business rolls on with the 2012 draft, which will be held in Kansas City on January 13th.

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HOT STOVE: For those of you who crave random transfer rumors, long time Honduran veteran mindfielder Danilo Turcios, 33, claims to be in negotiations with a move towards Major League Soccer.

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies are back in the NASL! Now there is a sentence I never thought I would write …

The Rowdies, formerly FC Tampa Bay, acquired the naming rights and will resurrect the logo and colors for a new generation of soccer fanatics starting this coming season..

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While people are still wondering where the future of Brek Shea lies, one young MLSer is taking steps to making an impact overseas. Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers is reportedly in talks with legendary English club Leeds United.

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Stu Holden may still be on the mend, but that hasn’t stopped him from supporting his teammates … and the fans. “Lion of Vienna Suite” has a set of pictures featuring Holden hanging about Bolton’s grounds, while SB Nation proper shows Holden celebrating a goal with the Bolton faithful.

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In former Red Bull news, forward Conor Chinn is making his way back to New York as a part of the Rochester Rhinos! Here is the 411.

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Has the pact between Major League Soccer and NBC Sports already paid dividends for the Red Bull Organization? Perhaps! The energy drink conglomerate and NBC have announced the creation of a new series titled “Red Bull Signature Series” which will involve the coverage of extreme sports throughout the World.

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And finally … CONGRATS TO THE ESC SOCCER TEAM FOR WINNING THE SPORTS DOMAIN ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIP LAST NIGHT! Finally … New York fans have some hardware to speak of. Well done!