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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Is David Beckham Coming To America?

In the January transfer window, rumors drift about like the Scirocco winds from North Africa. Today, in various publications such as The Independent, Football Italia, and the Times of London, we have learned that David Beckham may be ending his tenure in Madrid. The powers that be in Madrid want to wrap up the matter quickly. Beckham's contract expires in June. Apparently, Fabio Capello has a list of persona non grata, and David is among them. Tomorrow for a Copa del Rey match in Sevilla, he and Ronaldo were not named on the traveling roster. During Don Fabio's reign, Beckham has seen limited action. But unlike Antonio Cassano, he has not criticized the coach or the club. Or threatened to walk back to Manchester.

Beckham is the most marketed and recognized footballer in the world. Even in the soccer desert of North America, mention his name, and even soccer bashers will acknowledge his identity. He may be one of the best dead ball specialists in the world. During his years at Manchester United, he was deemed by sophisticated testing to be one of the most fit athletes in world football.

Major League Soccer has not hidden their interest in Mr. Beckham. He owns a soccer academy in Los Angeles, and his name alone would boost attendances around the league. I would like to see him come here, along with other stars in their prime. Not for their marketing value. But to expose their talent in a country that respects, and expects, a high standard in sport.

Article in The Independent by Jack Rashleigh.

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