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It’s Time to End the Beckham Experiment


Let’s face it, the great David Beckham experience was pretty much a flop. Now don’t get me wrong, he did provide great some great moments, there were a lot of LA Galaxy jerseys sold, there was a peak of some non soccer interest in the league for a bit, but the overall experience wasn’t fully met. US soccer fans and more importantly, LA Galaxy fans were hoping that when Beckham came he would turn around the Galaxy and make them a playoff team, but adding one good player to a bad team wasn’t going to do that and when you are working with a strict salary cap, two good players just won’t cut it in a league that has a lot of parity.

I firmly believe Beckham’s main interest in coming to Major League Soccer was to chase the almighty dollar and grow his personal advertising to benefit himself, anything more than that like getting the Galaxy to the playoffs would be a bonus. Now that his personal soccer career has improved far from what he thought it would be at this time, he now acknowledges he needs to stay at AC Milan so that he can still be under consideration for the English national team for World Cup 2010 qualifiers, this wasn’t the story about two years ago. Remember he turned down a deal with Real Madrid where he was sitting on the bench because he wasn’t the player he used to be, so coming to Major League Soccer was to be his swansong where he would end his career.

Remember this quote by Becks when the deal was announced that he was coming to America, “”I’ve played now for two of the biggest clubs in the world and played at the highest level for 15 years, and now I think that I need another challenge,” he said. Well it seems like he needs another change and that’s to stay in Italy. Major League Soccer would be doing themselves a disservice if they turned down a deal by AC Milan, now I’m not saying to take $10 or $12 million for the transfer fee, but if they do get a great offer they should take it and use it for other players to better their league.

By having to make room for Beckham and Landon Donovan, the Galaxy in fact hurt themselves in the long run since they weren’t able to get other good players to fill out their roster and make them a playoff team like they used to be a few years go. The soap opera needs to stop and one player certainly won’t make or break the league as the league’s play has been better over the last few years and attendance in some markets has increased and not to mention the new Seattle franchise has already started off on the right foot by announcing that they will be profitable in their first year.

Jason Pedersen writes for JustSoccerJerseys

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  1. zac

    March 4, 2009 at 6:39 am

    soccer is my life i love this website

  2. Soccer Enthusiast

    February 10, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Hypothetical Chronology:
    (1) Beckham was demoralized at Real and thought he was washed up
    (2) MLS came calling, offering big $, and this made Beckham feel a little better
    (3) Beckham joined MLS telling himself the quality of play would be good enough
    (4) Becks played for the Galaxy and found the play poor, the passion lacking, the whole thing dull
    (5) David found that what seemed to matter to America was not his play but that he took his shirt off for the girls
    (6) The whole US scene demoralized Becks again
    (7) Then the England team had some call ups
    (8) Fabio Capello got the prospective England Nationals fired up to prove their worthiness
    (9) Beckham found his passion, started to work hard, and saw he still had something to give
    (10) Becks went to AC Milan, tried to prove himself alongside other world soccer icons, and found he could cut the mustard
    (11) The re-created Beckham doesn’t want to sell himself short anymore, but rather he wants to be held to, and deliver against, the highest standard.

    How can we not say “Bless you David, go do your best”?

    In the end Beckham may help grow US soccer in an unexpected manner. More US soccer fans are watching AC Milan and Serie A to see Becks (our player now!) play.

    Watching the beautiful game played well makes one grow, playing below one’s standard kills the passion and joy within and, really, is a crime.

  3. John P. Covington

    February 10, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Someone pls tell me where does it say a player on a five year contract in any sport, should not try to better himself if the last two years did not turn out as expected. If one thinks that we need name players at the end of their careers to teach us the world’s game–wrong. It is not his fault if the 250 mil architect did not provide for several support players like every other sports team in every other sport in every country in the world. Since footbol is the world’s game, for all athletes, big and small, tall and shorter, professional and amateur, then allow us to forget a sports player contract highly publicized which went out the window. It is beneath us to cry about that which occurs often, even though we love this game of futbol, and wish it could have turned out better. If we were English, we would want to field our best team, and since we are American, we would like to play England’s best. Happy moves on the pitch.

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