David Beckham Should Stay with L.A. Galaxy, Fight for Superclub Status

David Beckham’s best option is to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy and help establish it as one of the world’s elite teams.

david-beckham-galaxyIn LA, he has the chance to go to the FIFA Club World Cup and build the Galaxy’s reputation. Each season in MLS will afford him the opportunity to brand the team further.

In March, the Galaxy resumes play in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. With Landon Donovan and an excellent supporting cast, the Galaxy may become the first MLS club to win this title and move forward to the FIFA Club World Cup in December of 2012.

This would be a monumental step in raising the team’s profile. A FIFA Club World Cup appearance could pit the Galaxy against other well-known clubs.

The most popular team in the world won this year’s event last week. FC Barcelona has increased its fan base each year over the last several years by winning multiple club championships in Spain, multiple European Championships and two Club World Cup Championships.

When Soccer fans think of the greatest teams in the world, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United are usually the first 3 to come to mind.

In the next tier of great teams, many are most familiar with; Arsenal, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

For Soccer purists and historians, the LA Galaxy are a long way off from entering the top tiers of great teams, but winning CONCACAF Champions League and making a good showing in FIFA Club World Cup would change a lot of minds.

Just seeing a Galaxy-Barcelona or Galaxy-Man U. final would bring a whole lot of attention to the Galaxy. (That many more Beckham and Donovan Galaxy jerseys would be sold.) If they were to win the final, Beckham would look like a genius to have stayed for the ride.

Beckham would be best off to work on a deal that exchanges minority ownership of the Galaxy for a new playing contract. He has already been promised by league executives that he can purchase a franchise MLS team after he retires at a better rate than other investors, but nothing was ever mentioned about owning the Galaxy.

A higher world profile for the Galaxy would be a worthy investment for Beckham.

He wants to continue to play. By staying with the Galaxy, he could get the best of all worlds. Anywhere else, he may find himself in too deep without familiar routes to world competitions.

He has a comfort level in LA. The vision is there. The mission is there. Can David Beckham lead the Galaxy to the next level?

Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of www.AmericanizeSoccer.com



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Comments

  1. SoccerBrain says:

    Agree with you 100%!!! Finally there is someone who says what I've been saying all along! Like you said, the most important thing is for him to continue playing in every game as he still very much wants to play and he can only do that with the Galaxy as I doubt he would even get a place in the starting line up with any other top club, let alone playing for the whole 90 minutes even if he is capable to do so!

  2. Mike in SoCal says:

    DC United won CCL in '98, the Galaxy also won before in 2000 – but that doesn't stand in the way of the sentiment you're expressing. Beckham in PSG will be going to raise the profile of the Qatar-owned squad, and indirectly of that country and the rich oil sheiks that own it. Of course, he'll be paid handsomely to do so. But Becks has expressed interest in owning an MLS franchise when he retires as a player – how better to transition into doing that than by accepting the Galaxy offer of giving him a high position inside of AEG.

    Becks will be leaving an incomplete legacy in the MLS. He will be gone from the final group play in the CCL, the Galaxy have been bringing in players to fortify them not only for that but for US Open cup as well as defending their MLS Cup titles. Of course, the FIFA Club World Cup entry awaits the winner of CCL, and a possible big payday (meaning more money in the coffers to bring in higher-caliber players). Beckham would be instrumental in all of those things, and he would be leaving the MLS just as his popularity is spiking.

    Hope he stays, but if not hopefully the Galaxy can bring in another big name to replace him. Ronaldinho or Lampard or Drogba would all fit in quite nicely…

  3. The Galaxy fans showed their contempt for Beckham by booing him, chanting against him and mocking his desire to play at the highest level at Milan. Beckham has fulfilled his contract and owes nothing to the Galaxy. He has far more to show at PSG then at Galaxy in a far higher league. It's funny how you mocked him and now your begging for him to stay.

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