Remember the Canadian youth team, the U-12s from Calgary's Foothills Soccer Club, whose dream of a trip to the David Beckham Academy was shattered when a registration site representing David Beckham's camp took their money and they went ahead with plans to fly to California only to learn later that the camp had been shut down? They'll be surprised to learn that Beckham and his academy are back in business, doing England's bidding for the 2018 World Cup.
Beckham will fly out after Friday's MLS game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls and head to Trinidad & Tobago, where his "academy" will hold a clinic over the weekend in conjunction with the close of the Under-17 Women's World Cup.
Well, it isn't actually a complete surprise that the academy -- which also closed down its camp operations in Greenwich, England, at the end of 2009 -- is back in operation.
At the time of the Foothills fiasco, AEG spokesman Michael Roth said in a memo the Daily Breeze obtained, "Planning is currently under way with David and senior coaches to develop a program and coaching model that will move beyond the limits of one location and ultimately impact more children in more cities across the United States and worldwide."