Tuesday Kickoff: Galaxy win tour finale, Blatter hints at technology use & more

Tuesday Kickoff: Galaxy win tour finale, Blatter hints at technology use & more

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Tuesday Kickoff: Galaxy win tour finale, Blatter hints at technology use & more

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The Los Angeles Galaxy made it 3-for-3 on their Asia Pacific tour, defeating the Melbourne Victory in a penalty shootout, 4-3, after the teams played to a 2-2 draw in regulation.

The Galaxy trailed, 2-0, but Robbie Keane twice converted penalty kicks to pull the MLS Cup champions level. Landon Donovan struck the crossbar with the Galaxy's first attempt in the shootout, but the Australian side had Paulo Retre also hit the crossbar before Josh Saunders saved Marco Rojas' spot kick. Paolo Cardozo hit the clincher to cement the Galaxy's victory in their tour finale.

The match was the final one in the playing career of Gregg Berhalter, who came on as a late substitute for David Beckham. All eyes turn to Beckham, who drew the Galaxy's second penalty and nearly scored from his own half with the goalkeeper off the line, as he chooses whether to come back to MLS or continue his career elsewhere.

Highlights of the match can be seen here.

Here are a few more stories to get your Tuesday going:

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY MAKING PROGRESS

FIFA president Sepp Blatter reportedly told media outlets in Europe that the use of goal-line technology could happen as soon as the 2012-2013 season and would be in place for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

While testing continues for the systems that would be used, Blatter said that a vote during March's International Football Association Board meeting will determine whether next season is when the systems get introduced on the club level.

As for the World Cup, Blatter reportedly told Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo that, "Brazil 2014 will have technology to avoid phantom goals. FIFA has two good systems that meet all the demands we set: reliability, immediacy and not being difficult to use."

SUAREZ UNDER FA INVESTIGATION

Luis Suarez can't seem to keep himself out of trouble with the FA.

While the case of Suarez saying racially insensitive remarks to Manchester United's Patrice Evra is still open, Liverpool's Uruguayan striker could face a different charge of misconduct after cameras caught him flipping his middle finger to the crowd at Craven Cottage at the end of Monday's 1-0 loss to Fulham.

The incident was reportedly a response to taunts from the crowd as Suarez was walking to the tunnel to exit the playing field.

PUBLIC MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR SPEED

The public outpouring of support for former Wales manager Gary Speed has been overwhelming, and while his funeral this week will be a closed ceremony to family and close friends, a public memorial is being planned for sometime after the turn of the new year.

The League Managers Association revealed both items on Tuesday, acting in accordance with the wishes of Speed's wife, Louise.  

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What's your gut feeling on where Beckham ends up? Happy to see the Galaxy go unbeaten on their tour? Are you hoping to see goal-line technology become a regular part of the game? Think Suarez deserves to be punished for Monday's incident?

Share your thoughts below.

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