Beckham is preparing to play in his last match for the Galaxy in Saturday’s MLS Cup
December 1, 2012 – Back in 2007, David Beckham signed to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the Major League Soccer league. He not only sold million of jerseys for the team and won titles, but he also sold the sport to people in the U.S.
When he arrived, he told people that soccer was huge around the world but still not in the U.S. and that is where he wanted to make his biggest impact. Six years ago, when he entered the league, the MLS was still attempting to work his way into mainstream sports in the U.S.
Fast forward six years and Beckham is preparing to play in his last match for the Galaxy in Saturday’s MLS Cup. His footprints have become easily visible across the soccer fields of the U.S. from the TV cameras from other countries to the increased size of player salaries in the league.
Beckham has helped bring a time of sustained growth into the league. Since he started, the league has 7 new teams along with 10 new stadiums designed specifically for soccer. This season the average attendance at league games was the highest since the league started and has surpassed the size of average crowds in the NHL and NBA.
Even more important, Beckham was able to bring recognition to the league as game highlights started to appear on television sports reports throughout the country and the rest of the world.
The commissioner of the MLS, Don Garber, said no other player anywhere could have succeeded to transform soccer in the U.S. as Beckham has done. He said Beckham transcended the sport and provided another level of exposure and awareness of the sport that is unprecedented.
Beckham has one of the sport’s best free kicks and is more accurate with kicks than any other player. His good looks, big smile and incredible soccer talent have all helped make him the megastar he is today.
He now will return to Europe to decide if he continues playing, as many teams have expressed interest in signing him. Beckham also is expected to buy a franchise in the MLS.