Monday, February 23, 2009

The Beckham Question

With the trade of David Beckham from the LA Galaxy to AC Milan seemingly eminent, I wanted to raise the question as to everyone's view of Becks' two-year sojourn in the MLS. While we could argue that the multi-million dollar deal was a bust for the Galaxy (who finished worst in the league in 2008), my contention is that these two years will ultimately prove very fruitful to the MLS and US soccer in general. Beckham's fame, his presence alone, brought a new crop of fans to games, gave the league Hollywood appeal and put Major League Soccer above the fold--even in the headlines--for the first time in its oft-troubled 15 year history. Despite his infrequent scoring on the pitch, Beckham marked many off-field points. As a Galaxy fan, having seen Beckham's recent success in Italy and hearing reports of his "rediscovering" himself with AC Milan, I am prepared to say, "So long Becks... and thanks."

2 comments:

Corry Cropper said...

I think Beckham was an interesting side-bar, like Pele when he played in the old NASL... but like Pele, Beckham won't save soccer in the U.S. It will just take time and an effort on the part of MLS to build a fan base. They should definitely invite kids to the stadiums, invite elementary schools, offer reduced ticket prices to children so they get hooked. People usually become fans when they're young. So it will take a generation or two of sticking with it.

Amy said...

Wait...Beckham plays soccer? I thought he just did magazine covers...