So , the word is out , David Beckham is ready to move on .
Let's face it , did any of us actually think he , his wife and kids would actually settle down , play a few more years and retire in America ? While they are worshiped in England , they can still go to the store, catch a movie or take their kids to the park . In the U.S. , they have to have body guards just to drive down to pick up the mail.
The facts are , MLS attendance is up , more cities are lobbying for teams , and more soccer is on television than ever before . There is an actual buzz in the U.S. about soccer once again . Is Beckham the entire reason ? Who knows. But , I do know this , he has played a big part in revitalizing the sport .
While the media has proclaimed him the "savior of soccer in the U.S." he has never once wanted to assume that role and has made it clear that he is just here to help . He is right when he says "the talent level is much greater in Europe" . Children are brought up with a passion for soccer over seas. In the States there are so many more options for kids . Most high school parents drill American football , basketball and baseball into their child's head hoping their kid will be the next Manning , James or Pujols. Good luck with that.
So , before we scream , boo and attack him on and off the pitch , why don't we as soccer fans think back to how far we have come since his arrival . As far as the "experiment", I view it as a tremendous success and applaud the MLS, the Los Angeles Galaxy and their ownership team for taking the chance on a 34 year old midfielder from Leytonstone London England.
Job well done .