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MLS Owes Beckham AC Milan Move

 becks in practice w cobi1 MLS Owes Beckham AC Milan Move

Much has been written the past week about David Beckham’s potential move to AC Milan.  My thinking is simple on the issue. MLS owes it to Beckham to allow him to move back to Europe, either on loan, or if he so desires permanently. Beckham has put his international career at great risk to promote the game in this country: he has had to answer to critics back home in England repeatedly about the skill level of Major League Soccer and fend off loudmouth critics on TV and radio here at home who disparage both him and his LA Galaxy team mate Landon Donovan with silly nicknames and songs. The bottom line is this: David Beckham is a class professional who has given two years of his footballing career to grow the popularity of the sport in the United States and to grow the MLS brand worldwide. His selfless action speaks to his personality: now if he really wants to move to AC Milan, he must be allowed to make the move.

The move I would hope is simply a loan deal. But should Beckham feel he needs to play with Milan permanently to stay in the England National Team setup for South Africa 2010, the Galaxy should accommodate him. David Beckham’s presence has grown MLS in the public eye both at home and abroad. Should he really want to leave, it would only fair to grant him his wish.

Landon Donovan appears poised to move to Europe as well. Donovan has been ridiculed by the same critics mentioned above but has responded with his best season as a professional, and by demonstrating a remarkable amount of leadership in his call ups to the United States National Team. Donovan is the best American player ever produced by our youth system. Now at 26, it’s time to see whether he can excel against the top players on the planet.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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6 Responses to MLS Owes Beckham AC Milan Move

  1. lax says:

    risked his career for the sake of MLS? what about the 250 million dollars he is supposed to make out of this deal. Beckham playing in the MLS hasn't had any effect at all, just some press coverage for the initial months… it will fade away and things will return to normal. Even Pele played in the US, FIFA awarded the 1994 WC to US.. all in the hope of boosting the game in america but the truth is that it is not going to work. It is not just football/soccer, F1, cricket etc, popular all over the world but not in the US. If Beckham had so much interest in football, he should have taken Milan's offer in 2006 when he was moving from Real Madrid.. he didn't and went for the money. I don't blame him at all for taking the money, it is just that the lame excuses he gives are irritating.

  2. Percy says:

    Ha Ha Ha….SelflessMr Beckham going to Galaxy. What a joke remark.
    Mr Beckham is all about Brand Beckham from start to finish. What has he ever won as an England or Galaxy player. He is ,some say, the most over hyped player in the history of the game. It's all about sponsorship and product branding and the big publicity machine backing this up.

  3. Ishan Agnihotri says:

    …but the fact is tht he is a class player btr thn many we cosider to be the best….and watever kind of person he may be we shld remember he is famous for his fotballin skills and he deserves to play wid the best
    he did make few wrng decisions in the pas but htn who doesnt?!
    just watch few goals he has scored and u will get wat m sayin

  4. Sam I Am says:

    Nonsense.
    Beckhams arrival has definitely made an impact.
    Whether it fades or not is left to be seen.

  5. Sam I Am says:

    Nonsense.
    Beckhams arrival has definitely made an impact.
    Whether it fades or not is left to be seen.

  6. Anon says:

    David Beckham has been a failure at growing the sport in America. I still see Home Depot Center with empty seats. The minute he leaves Galaxy, that stadium will be empty as are most other stadiums in MLS. The point of bringing him over was not just to sell seats in the games he's in but all games now and in the future.
    He has also shown lack of confidence in MLS by saying he needs to go Overseas. It only leads people to believe this league is inferior.
    Is this good for the league? Selfless my ass

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