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Beckham chases redemption, championship

This week President Obama invited both parties involved in the Cambridge Police department incident to the White House for beers.  He is trying to turn an unfortunate event into a learning experience.  It may take some cooling off time to pull this off and get both parties to agree to a date and time, but it appears there may be a better ending to the affair than expected. 

David Beckham may want to take a cue from President Obama with regard to the ‘fan’ from the AC Milan friendly.  When the season is over, he may need to invite him out for some beers. 

When Beckham grew bitter and challenged the ‘fan’ to come out of the stands, he showed a side of himself that the American public had never seen.  He says he doesn’t regret his behavior, but it’s his stubborn bravado talking.  He knows he was wrong by being confrontational with a fan.

Ironically, that whole halftime scene might have been exactly what he needed.  It seemed to light a fuse in him and give him more purpose. 

Beckham is battling some of the worst scrutiny he has ever had to deal with.  It is him against the world, except he is part of a team, so now its the L.A. Galaxy and him against the world.  There’s only one thing that can help him now, his first MLS championship. 

David Beckham needs to win a championship this year with the Galaxy for many reasons.  Number one, his reputation is on the line and he needs to qwell his critics.  Number two, he wants to play on his schedule, which means going to AC Milan next year, playing the World Cup and coming back to the Galaxy mid-season.  Number three, it puts Beckham on target for his biggest undertaking, making U.S. pro Soccer a more popular spectator sport. 

A championship resolves all his conflicts. 

Winning this year with America’s biggest Soccer idol, Landon Donovan, won’t secure Soccer’s plight in the U.S., but a second, third and fourth championship may. 

David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy need to become a dynasty to improve Soccer’s chances of going mainstream and never looking back.  Beckham knows this and he also knows that he has got his Scottie Pippen in Landon.  A dynasty can only begin with the first championship. 

The ‘fan’ did him a favor and has forced Beckham to keep focused on his desire to bring Soccer to the next level in the U.S.  When they do have beers, hopefully for Beckham and for pro Soccer in the U.S., it is after a championship and Alexi Lalas is there for the toast.

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  4. Mitch Howard

    July 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for the feedback on the word ‘plight’. After careful consideration and research on the word itself, I am going to leave it in the blog. I realize the word is controversial. The word ‘journey’ may be more appropriate. But, ‘plight’ more sums up what Soccer is up against. ‘Plight’ can mean negative things, but it can also refer to an adverse situation, which is how I see it. I also see the word ‘plight’ as part of Soccer’s promise/pledge in trying to make it here (U.S.).

  5. Lars

    July 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    You realize Plight is a bad thing right?

  6. Arnie

    July 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Why give Becks the benefit that “he knows he was wrong”?

    He doesn’t know that. He doesn’t think that. He still acts like he was correct.

    Also, was he really wrong? Do fans have the right to say everything and everything with no player defense? Did anyone call for the fan to apologize?

    Yes, I think that they were both very wrong.

  7. Ellison

    July 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    This is the first time Beckham has gotten this kind of treatment from his own club’s supporters. He has often expressed his gratitude to the ManU fans for their support after the ’98 WC and helped helped provide them with a treble (the three major English cups that can be won in a season) for their troubles.
    Although there will always be some debate over club v country, all over the rest of the world club supporters take great pride in their players’ participation at the international level — and would bust with pride for those that make it to a WC. Whatever else Beckham should or should not have known about MLS before signing on, there is no way he could have known how little American fans understand the importance of the World Cup outside of the US. This is no criticism of American soccer fans, if they’ve never lived outside of the States, there is just no context in which to compare it here.

  8. Jammer

    July 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Gates and the “racist” cop drunk in the same room.. Great idea Obama!

  9. Johnny

    July 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    A good piece, Mitch.

  10. Bryan

    July 26, 2009 at 9:06 am

    This is far from the worst criticism that Beckham has had to deal with. It’s not him against the world. It’s primarily the LA Fans and anyone that’s bitter about the promises that were made regarding his being the second coming of Pele.

    After England’s loss, blamed on Beckham’s red card in the 1998 World Cup match against Argentina, he was hung in effigy in the streets of his home country. The ordeal with the Galaxy is a blip on the radar compared to this.

    Moreover, Beckham gets hung with the blame regarding the disappointment regarding his arrival. Keep in mind that expectation is everything and the Galaxy, AEG and anyone else trying to cash in on Beckham’s fame jacked up the hype that no human could live up to.

    Don’t make this more than it is, an unfortunate consequence of Americans misunderstanding of the world of international football and our insatiable voyeurism for all things controversial.

  11. Glubber

    July 26, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Soccer’s “plight”? What “plight”? Surely there’s a better choice of words.

  12. Joe in Indianapolis

    July 26, 2009 at 8:47 am

    The Galaxy will tank out of playoff contention when Landon goes to Italy.

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