Bye, bye Beckham?

In news that should shock absolutely no one, David Beckham wants to stay in Milan.Beckham and Donovan - both leaving the Galaxy?

I wrote this on my personal blog:

Milan or L.A.?

Yesterday, David Beckham confirmed what anybody with half a soccer-savvy mind already knew.

He wants to join AC Milan permanently, pulling the plug on his stated goal of growing the game here in the United States as a member of the L.A. Galaxy.

The temptation here is to rip him a new one for wanting to bail on the Galaxy, but you’ve got to look at the whole picture.

First of all, the difference of playing at AC Milan and for the Galaxy is like choosing a meal from Denny’s or Outback. You can get full at either place, but when it’s someone else’s dime, why not have the steak?

Two, he wants to play for England in the 2010 World Cup. He can’t play in the qualifiers in February and March if he’s not playing (and staying in shape) at club level. That’s why he’s on loan there in the first place.

Three, it’s not about money. Signing a deal to play in Milan will likely COST him about $40 million in 2009 alone. Remember that $50 million deal he signed to play in L.A.? That’s not happening across the pond.

Four, he did what he said he wanted to. Major League Soccer’s profile has been raised considerably world-wide (and continues to be as this drama unfolds).

Attention MLS: Sell him, do it nicely, count the money and go back to building a league I can actually watch.

He’s got about as much chance of playing for the Galaxy this year as his talented former teammate…

Landon Donovan’s latest German tour

You might have heard that Landon Donovan’s loan spell with Bayern Munich is going pretty well.

You could say that.

The German super club added the American International to its Champions League roster recently, making him eligible for the arguably the world’s most prestigious club competition.

This would be a little like the Yankees bringing a guy from A ball in for a tryout, then adding him to their playoff roster.

You know, when they actually make it there.

Like Beckham, he’s on loan. And like Beckham, he’s not coming back.

The difference here is coin. While Becks will have to sacrifice some money to play for a new club, Donovan will likely be getting a hefty raise.

Bayern Munich isn’t known as FC Hollywood for nothing.

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2 Responses to “Bye, bye Beckham?”

  1. L Says:

    I can’t say I’m not disappointed to see him go, but yeah, I can understand why he would want to. I actually think it’s more sad to see U.S. talents leave the MLS to go overseas. I’d like to see a player who will take pride in playing exclusively for their nation’s league (barring toronto :P). Overall, the league has grown since he joined the galaxy, and part of that is due to the publicity he brought. However, I still see the growth of the league to be a slow one overall. But fear not… we will get there 🙂

  2. Randy Capps Says:

    That’s the right attitude.

    The MLS is about 13 years old. The other major leagues around the world are about 10 times as old. It takes time to establish tradition. It takes time to build youth academies.

    Can MLS ever surpass football, baseball and basketball as national obesessions? Maybe not. But there is room for soccer to grow in this country, and I think it’s heading in the right direction.

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