Talk About ‘Going Out on Top!’
Beckham Will be Missed!
Oh, yes, David Beckham is soon to go into the history books as a player and become a sports idol who ‘once was.‘ But, after seeing the constant flood of pictures where he’s sitting at a basketball game or heading down the sidewalk with his son smiling wide, I can already see that David Beckham is not exactly upset over the fact that he is retiring from the world of U.S. football/soccer.
Saturday night gave Beckham what he wanted – a chance to lift the cup high above his head (again) and leave the soccer world knowing that he brought absolute triumph to the Los Angeles Galaxy – not to mention gave a great many females a reason to watch soccer in the first place.
For those who don’t know, it was in 2007 that Beckham arrived in order to transform the United States soccer world. And, oddly enough, soccer was not exactly what he was known for at that point in time. In essence, Beckham had become a super model. He had his own brand and people saw him as nothing more than a pretty face who was paid extremely well to get more and more fans into the seats.
However…this thirty-seven-year-old man knew that he was, at heart, a sportsman; and even though he is a top-selling brand that everyone wants attached to their product, he actually does have a tremendous gift and showed it playing midfield. Saturday, the L.A. Galaxy slammed the Houston Dynamo in order to win it all and repeat as the Major League Soccer champions. And, in doing so, David Beckham has gone down in history with not one but TWO more titles behind his name and an American slew of fans that will love him for all time – whether or not he goes back to England and retires among his own mates.
David Beckham was quite truthful about his ‘appearance’ and ‘main goal’ for the soccer world. “When I decided to come here, I think I raised a little bit of interest, and I hope that’s what I’ve done,” he said. Well, if that’s what he believes…he’s absolutely right. For a sport that lags far behind the beloved NFL in this country, Beckham has certainly done his share in making the soccer league grow.
For those who keep track of statistics and wish only for proof when a statement like that is said, they should realize that the actual league expansion was 50% during the Beckham days and brand new teams were announced from San Jose in 2008 to Montreal in 2012 – raising the total number of teams to nineteen.
You have people back to work because of Beckham for the simple fact that ground was already broken for stadiums in Houston, KC and Philadelphia, which is beyond needed. And Beckham’s presence had the attendance of the MLS regular season at a record high of over eighteen thousand – something America has not seen.
It was nothing new to see David Beckham stand on yet another podium and raise a silver cup that sparkles above his head. The ovation of the fans was loud and memorable and the blizzard of wintry confetti all around he and his sons was a sight to remember. In fact, there were a great many fans at the stadium and watching at home who wondered how many Hollywood directors were in the stands wanting to meet with David after all was said and done in order to put out an Oscar-award winning movie of his life. (It was L.A., people. He was certainly in the right place.)
This was the second straight for Beckham and a lovely finale to his six seasons in Los Angeles. And L.A. did all they could to thank the English idol with their cheers and excitement. Perhaps he will be the one to coach the Galaxy in the future, although Beckham’s immediate plans are to continue to play somewhere else in 2013 before settling down and being the “voice” that a team listens to.
But I’m sure, as Beckham leaves to head home to England for his VERY Merry Christmas, he will fondly remember his welcoming party in Los Angeles thrown by Tom Cruise and now ex-wife, Katie Holmes. Actually, I’m sure not many will forget that event held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art with almost fifty thousand attendees.
I’m sure he will also never forget the injuries that certainly limited his playing time, and the MLS jersey sales that rose over 700% simply because it was his face, his bod, and his number that created a new awakening for American ‘football.’ He will go down as scoring twenty goals in 116 appearances over 6 1/2 years. It was only television, oddly enough considering it was his face and bod, that did not achieve a huge boost – up less than 5 percent. But, let’s face it – he did all he could and he did it well!
No, it’s not basketball or baseball, and it will never be the NFL, but the ‘David Beckham’ presence certainly helped soccer become a very real sport and he will be sorely missed. Thank you, David! And, Merry Christmas.
Hey, Spielberg!? Ready to make that film?
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Until Next Time, Everybody,