In January 2007 Beckham agreed a five year deal to sign for LA Galaxy reportedly worth £128 million from Spanish giants Real Madrid. Beckham was enduring a disappointing spell where he had fallen out with boss Fabio Capello and was dropped by England manager Steve McClaren. He joined up with the Galaxy squad at the start of the 2008/9 season with the aim of showcasing to the world the quality of the MLS.
Beckham made his full debut against New York Red Bulls on the 18th August 2007. A crowd of 60,000 fans turned out in New York and witnessed a thrilling match. New York won 5-4 despite three Beckham assists for LA Galaxy.
Beckham enjoyed some great moments in America; most memorably his 70 yard goal vs Kansas City in 2008 and his first piece of silverware gained when his side won the MLS Cup Final in November 2011. Beckham helped set up Landon Donovan to score the only goal of the match. He also endured some not so pleasurable moments when, during his loan move to AC Milan in 2009/10, he missed some MLS fixtures and attracted criticism from fans. The former England captain also played in the 2009 final when Galaxy were beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Real Salt Lake.
Earlier this season Becks announced his departure from LA. His stated aim had always been to raise the profile of American football – has he achieved that goal? Well, I’d say he has.Since his arrival big name players like Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Robbie Keane have all made the move across the Atlantic to follow Beckham’s example. The increase of big name players in any league will always boost its recognition and Beckham surely has kick-started this recent influx of players.
All that was required was a grandstand finish and, in his final game, Beckham more than delivered. Galaxy beat Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the MLS Cup for the second time in a row. Beckham was substituted during injury time. He received a standing ovation from the crowd.
He had this to say after the game:”This is a very special place for me and it will continue to be. I am happy to have been part of this club for six years and I am grateful to have been successful for the last four years.
“I may not play here any more but I remain just as committed to growing this club, this league and this sport.”
Beckham has been linked to French sides PSG and Monaco but he has “no idea” where he will go next. Also there has been speculation that he is bound for a move to Australia to Melbourne Heat or Perth Glory. Personally, I would love to see him return to the Premier League but whether he would consider playing for anyone else than United I’m not sure.