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    David Beckham Says To Leave Real Madrid, Sign For La Galaxy

    yess!!!
    posh spice in LA

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    Cue the "real sport" replies

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    200m 5yrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUMBOJET
    200m 5yrs
    big money for a free kick specialist who cant really do much more...but he will put buts in the seats and maybe raise the profile of the league a bit, so thats a plus...

    still, MLS is going about this all wrong...instead of spending big money for washed up guys, spend the big money buying up young talent so you can actually (GASP!) become a better league rather than going down the NASL route of becoming a graveyard for European talent....

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    I heard some rumors about this a few weeks ago. It's worth the money just to try to get people to pay attention to MLS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUMBOJET
    yess!!!
    posh spice in LA
    My thoughts exactly.
    Link to the full story BTW..
    sports.yahoo.com/sow/news;_ylt=AtrpUqcPhpqJcvU0NlbSPLQ5nYcB?slug=reu-beckhamdc&prov=reuters&type=lgns

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    and people say baseball salaries are ridiculous.
    Are MLS franchises even as valuable as Beckham's salary is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadringer
    big money for a free kick specialist who cant really do much more...but he will put buts in the seats and maybe raise the profile of the league a bit, so thats a plus...

    still, MLS is going about this all wrong...instead of spending big money for washed up guys, spend the big money buying up young talent so you can actually (GASP!) become a better league rather than going down the NASL route of becoming a graveyard for European talent....

    Problem is, anytime we develop any kind of decent talent, they get signed away by a European club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadringer
    big money for a free kick specialist who cant really do much more...but he will put buts in the seats and maybe raise the profile of the league a bit, so thats a plus...

    still, MLS is going about this all wrong...instead of spending big money for washed up guys, spend the big money buying up young talent so you can actually (GASP!) become a better league rather than going down the NASL route of becoming a graveyard for European talent....
    Any young talent is going to want to prove themselves on the biggest stages (EPL, La Liga, etc...) No one looking to be an up and coming star is going to go to the US to be a big fish in a small pond.
    I think the price is outrageous, but if this turns more people to come to the MLS, maybe it's worth it.
    The reality, though, is the MLS can never become a major league, or atleast not in the 25 years. The US teams don't have the cash the Europeans one do, and not the limelight to keep the players...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist
    Any young talent is going to want to prove themselves on the biggest stages (EPL, La Liga, etc...) No one looking to be an up and coming star is going to go to the US to be a big fish in a small pond.
    I think the price is outrageous, but if this turns more people to come to the MLS, maybe it's worth it.
    The reality, though, is the MLS can never become a major league, or atleast not in the 25 years. The US teams don't have the cash the Europeans one do, and not the limelight to keep the players...
    certainly most of the clubs dont have the cash to compete with the europeans, but a few do...MLS wont become a "elite league," but with the resources the bigger clubs have it could certainly put itself on a similar level with the Scottish or Turkish leagues, for instance, if not the Primera league in Mexico...

    as to your first point, this is true for the cream of the crop young talent, but if, say, the Galaxy devoted even half of the money they are giving to beckham on scouting, even in lower division european leagues, they could certainly draw out enough talent to elevate the level of play in the game, even if the league only serves as a stepping stone to bigger and better things...

    the reality is, eventually, MLS is going to have to recognize that parity shouldnt be the goal..teams like Redbull NY, Chivas USA, and others have to be free to spend money (naturally leaving smaller clubs behind) if the league wants to evolve past the status of "niche sport" in the US, to say nothing of its "laughing stock" status worldwide...

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    oh...david hirshey had a nice take on this at deadspin...

    http://deadspin.com/sports/soccer/hi...ham-228077.php
    Hirshey Quickie: On Mr. Beckham

    beckhamyardy.jpgDavid Hirshey writes regularly about soccer for Deadspin.

    As happy as I am for Tom and Katie and all my Scientology friends, we all need to take a silent birth lesson and let David Beckham bend a few balls in Los Angeles before anointing him the Savior of American Soccer.

    I suppose I can't blame people like USA Today's Christine Brennan for shrieking like a Claymate and saying "David Beckham coming to the United States is like Tiger Woods meeting Brad Pitt on the red carpet," but let's be Real, which Beckham clearly couldn't be anymore. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Becks' stock on the world soccer stage has fallen faster than Sylvester Stallone's facelift.

    After a lackluster World Cup, he tearfully "resigned" as England captain and then was unceremoniously dumped from the national team. This season he managed to force his way into Real Madrid's starting lineup a grand total of five times. Does that sound like a savior? His arrival in Hollywood is not exactly akin to the Beatles at Shea Stadium or even Pele playing Randall's Island, though he's likely to sell more jerseys in LA than Sammy Sosa -san will in Yokohama.

    So let's call like it is: Beckham coming to America is great for LA clubs and restaurants, US Weekly and The Star, Adidas, Victoria Beckham (can a slot on "Dancing With The Stars" be far off?) and, of course, the haircare industry. As for the MLS, he will clearly put well-toned asses in the seats, at least in his first season, but will he actually raise the level of play? Not by himself. One of Pele's accomplishments in the NASL was luring other fading stars -- Cryuff, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia, Henry Kissinger -- to play alongside the man they called the Black Pearl. Whether the White Pearl can do the same remains to be seen.

    Tiger Woods and Brad Pitt on the red carpet? Frankly, I'd rather see Natalie Gulbis and Scarlett Johannson.

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    contract is for 5 years, league will fold in 6

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    damn, this is big money for MLS. The Galaxy should start going NY Cosmos style, and sign Francesco Totti, Zidedine Zidane, and other old European former stars.

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