David Beckham will join the MLS? Looks like PGA will have one less competitor
In a rumor that is sweeping the globe while just inching across the U.S., soccer star David Beckham will sign with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer tomorrow, making him by far the highest profile soccer player to play in the States since Pelé and the New York Cosmos days.
“I’ve played now for two of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve played at the highest level for 15 years, and now I think I need another challenge,” Beckham reportedly told Good Morning America.
It’s likely the average American doesn’t see the significance of this move, which is why it will ultimately fail. Having been employed in Spain the past few years at Real Madrid, Beckham’s star off the pitch hasn’t stopped shining, but he has certainly seemed a step slow on the field.
But for Beckham, the greatest soccer-playing metrosexual in history, to come to the U.S. is a huge deal, that if played well, could lead Major League Soccer to untold popularity and riches. For Beckham and wife Victoria, it will mean added popularity in the U.S., and extra opportunity in Hollywood (though if you’ve heard Beckham speak, a film career seems hard to fathom).
Sadly, Beckham’s signing is much more likely to be the death-knell of the niche league than it’s rebirth. Soccer is not going to become wildly popular in the U.S. Ever. David Beckham, Posh Spice or Ronaldo won’t change that.
In the end, it’s an interesting move, but if the MLS is planning on putting its hopes and dreams on aging players, they will be sorely disappointed and will put the league’s very existence at risk. And the PGA will have one less competitor.
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You're right though it's not gonna make soccer wildly poplar in the US.
Perhaps if Americans had a team we could root for, the sport would take off. And with uber-spice girl Victoria by Beckham's side, the two should eventually be able to nab top Hollywood honors from Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
Because of the lack of time out and interruption, soccer will never be popular in the US.
Top of the morning to you too...Or perhaps bottom of the morning instead given your breeding habits...
Have a good one....Mate.
If soccer fails in the US, it probably won't be due the addition of David Beckham.
And if soccer fails, I doubt those fans will start watching golf. It's simply a matter of what they ejoy watching. If they enjoyed golf, they'd watch it.
This isn't the NASL that you're talking about. That was a league that bit off more than it could chew and died as a result. This is not the case with MLS. I suggest you do a little more research and a little less wishful thinking Mr. Wolfrum.
I normally don't make too many replies to my own blogs, because I already gave the original comment ;)
However, with the Beckham signing, this has been in my head quite a bit. First of all, if I didn't get it through, I think this is a fascinating move.
And I don't believe per se, that Beckham's signing will kill the league, but I do believe that if this becomes a "Every team needs an expensive old dude" situation, it could spell doom.
For MLS, the much bigger news is Clint Dempsey going to Fulham. That's what the MLS needs, to work more of its players to Europe. Thus far, things have been working well. Maybe some day Donovan will grow a sac and go back there.
But soccer is a niche sport in the U.S., and the presence of one star in a game won't change that over time. Especially older ones, who get more injuries and miss more games. People just aren't going to continually go to games to see Beckham attempt a few free kicks.
As a player, I always liked Beckham and felt he got a bum rap and had bizarre expectations. He adds something to a team. But a lot of what he offered had to do with speed and hustle, and he has definitely lost a step.
Nonetheless, you know what, I applaud the move. What the hell, they pulled off a Massive deal. Beckham immediately becomes the second-biggest sports star in the U.S. after Tiger. He is a big, big star.
MLS just needs to show discipline for this all to work, and keep expectations from getting too terribly high. Honestly, I hope it works great for U.S. Soccer. I'm just very skeptical.
Beckham was somebody 5 years ago. He might still be a star in some ex-colonial countries in Asia and Afirca. However, he is now yesterday's news in continental Europe.
For the US to pay him 50M per annum is grossly overpaying; it is almost crime against humanity.
Then again, the Germans love Hasselhof and the French loves Jerry Lee Lweis even after they faded in the US.
notes to Booger: pull your pecker out of your arse...
card hacking away at that very same white boy.
of the window....now that's a plan!
That decision is made by the decision makers...a lot of them are elected by the people. And they are your fellow country men and women.
Additionally, for cheap goods, the country is kow-towing to the Chinese commie establishment.
So......you do stand-up comedy for a living?
Are you going around harassing people?
Did you check with your parole officer before they let you out?
and he's opening the door to other players and the MLS.
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