Despite a full slate of games in Major League Soccer, players and coaches in the United States seemed to be talking mostly about the UEFA Champions League over the weekend.
Goal.com caught up with a couple former English top-flight stars after watching Barcelona dominate Manchester United 3-1 in the final on Saturday afternoon at Wembley.
”Barcelona are such a great passing team and they’re so talented," former United superstar and current L.A. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. "They’ve obviously got great individual players and they work great as a team and they work hard as a team."
Beckham, who also spent time with Barcelona's chief rival Real Madrid, seemed resigned to the fact that the club which launched his career had just faced off against a better team.
“Manchester United just came up against a very good soccer team," he said. "Obviously (I'm) disappointed as a Manchester United fan, but I think as a soccer fan, a lot of people probably enjoyed the game.”
New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol, who won a European crown with Liverpool in 1984, also had to plenty to say about the match and hailed Barcelona as the best team in the world.
“Well there was a bit of a difference in class between the two teams," Nicol said. "It doesn’t matter who Barcelona plays they are a class above everyone anyways. If you set in against them, then you’re asking for trouble. If you open up and try to play, then you’re asking for trouble as well. It’s frightening.”
When asked if anyone could beat Barcelona right now Nicol confidently replied, “at the moment, no there is nobody near them.”
Nicol says he never really felt United had a chance in the match, even after Wayne Rooney's goal to level things up in the first half.
"That lasted what two minutes," he asked of United's short run of positive play. "They scored against the run of play. It was a great goal. It's an offside goal, but he took it well. Afterward it was back to normal though.”
And when asked if he thought Lionel Messi was the best player in the world, the Revolution boss gave a quick and simple answer.
“Yeah easily," he said. "The guy is frightening.”Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!