GaryRissling wrote:So Beckham is leaving MLS. It's been an interesting tenure, to say the least. His arrival was the mother of all farces for LA, the league, and himself; but after he was out of the England team he came good IMO. And while I consider his overall contribution to have been a positive one, I think it says a lot about the improvement of the league that he will not be missed.
I like Beckham a lot as a player though, and it'll be interesting to see where he ends up.
That's about how I feel. Lots of initial excitement, followed by the first couple years of him not contributing much to LA and being more worried about England and loans to glamorous Euro clubs, finished by actual production on the field and (seemingly) leadership and championships. He definitely helped the league, but yeah, I'm more interested in the league signing lower-priced, lesser-hyped players that can be just as effective (if not more so) on the field. For example, I've been really impressed with Boniek Garcia the couple times I've seen Houston play. MLS can sign CONCACAF internationals and second-tier guys from top countries (e.g. Javier Morales at RSL), spend less than signing guys like Beckham, Henry, Lampard (who is rumored to a Beckham replacement for LA), and still keep its steady growth by steadily improving the product on the field.