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Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Galaxy land one of football's biggest stars

Today, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced the biggest signing in Major League Soccer history, announcing that they had agreed to a 5 year deal with David Beckham, arguably the most known name in football in the United States. Beckham, a 15 year pro, has spent most of his career playing for Manchester United in England, and played the last 4 years for Real Madrid in Spain. But Beckham, who said he was looking for a new challenge, certainly will have his work cut out for him, as he tries to not only get his playing swagger back, but also try to push forward a sport that is currently on the back burner, due to the plethora of other sports that Americans have to choose from. I think this is a great deal for both parties. MLS has been looking for that well-known European (well, as well known as you can get for football in the states) to carry their brand to the next level, and David Beckham loves to be in the spotlight, and was looking for a long term deal to prolong his playing career, and perhaps put himself back in the running for the England squad as they try to qualify for Euro 2008.

Now the next big question is "will other older, but not past their prime players follow in Beckham's footsteps, and test the waters here on the other side of the pond?" Well, we could have our answer shortly, as FC Dallas is currently in talks with English Premier side T*ttham H*tspurs to secure the transfer of Holland international MF Edgar Davids. Davids, 33, not exactly a spring chicken either, would start to give more credibility to the league, and may continue the "David Beckham snowball effect". Now, don't get me wrong, this league is nowhere near challanging for the services of today's best young players, like Cesc Fabrigas, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Lional Messi. And they may not be close to older stars such as Ronaldo, either. But you gotta start somewhere, and you could do a lot worse than Beckham and Davids. But only time will tell if this is a good investment, or a great investment. And if I were a betting man, I think that this will be closer to the 'great' side. I hope I'm right.


Anonymous Josh said...

Interesting...definitely interesting...

8:40 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Yeah, I didn't quite know what to do with the info when I heard, so I second Josh.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Did you hear what Helen Mirren said about his possibly break into acting? Hilarious.

1:40 PM  

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