Brad: I have been watching MLS since I was in daycare, but I have been watching it more since David Beckham joined the Galaxy lineup. He is a great player, and even though he brings a bit of celeb status with him, he does make for great viewing fun. I would like to see him stay, but I would probably watch whichever team he plays for.
Chris: David Beckham is already being wooed by every English club not named Manchester United, along with a handful of Spanish, Italian and French teams, one Mexican team and the Major League Baseball teams that can’t afford to sign Albert Pujols.
Ralphie: He should go with the team that will pay him the most money. That might be Los Angeles if they win the MLS Cup.Brad: I hope that he would stay so that LA would be able to keep bragging rights, but I think he definitely helped boost the popularity of MLS. I think if he were to decide to move on, it might hurt the increased interest in MLS here in the US.
Chris: Aside from the shiny-when-polished MLS Cup, Beckham has managed to win every possible club trophy he has competed for, including the Premier League trophy, Champions League trophy, FA Cup, La Liga trophy and Posh Spice.
Brad: I think his influence in the league is huge, and I think for the most part he brings out the best in his fellow players. He has taken a sport that had a decent fan base and made it a mainstream sport.
Ralphie: His time with the MLS has been a success. He has made soccer more popular even though it’s still not as cool as football and baseball.
Chris: Beckham’s MLS career has been a success since rumors of him signing with the league began appearing on the Internet, which shortly preceded fake Galaxy jerseys with his name on the back appearing on eBay. One of the world’s most popular players joining what was a 12-year-old league felt like the CBS reality special “I Get That A Lot.” I would not be more surprised to recognize Martha Stewart scrubbing my bathtub than I was to hear Beckham conducting interviews with American gazetteers and correcting himself each time he said “football” rather than “soccer.” I just said “gazetteers.”
Brad: I think it has been mostly a success. He was a well-known personality as well as a player, and he boosted attendance at games and overall interest in the league. I think that one big issue, though, was his commitments outside of the US that hurt the big picture. It almost seemed like he felt he was above his commitments to the Galaxy. Almost as if he felt they just had to sit and wait til he had time to play. When he was injured last season, it wasn’t an injury from game play. It was from a vacation I think.
Chris: Prince William gave a swift kick to Beckham’s teeth, knocking him to the floor, as Kate Middleton attacked him with a chainsaw, ergo rupturing his Achilles’ tendon as he frantically escaped.
Brad: I don’t feel these players under contracts should be placing themselves in situations where they can become unable to fulfill their contract commitments. I don’t think they should put their personal lives on hold, but I do think they have a responsibility to make sure they make every effort to stay in playable condition.
Ralphie: I think he has influenced his team and the league by making soccer a more popular sport, so more people have come to see the games.
Chris: Beckham left the Premier League after winning the league, and he left La Liga after winning the league. Besides having a name that makes me grateful for the copy and paste feature on my computer, Xoloitzcuintles Tijuana will be heavily rooting for the Houston Dynamo to lose MLS Cup, for Beckham to hoist the silverware and then confuse him into trying on a red and black jersey, tailored to look exactly like AC Milan.
Brad: I am not sure what impact it will make. If he loses, he may not be offered a contract that he would accept, so maybe he would leave at that point. If he wins, maybe he will be offered a contract he can’t refuse.
Ralphie: If they win, I think Los Angeles would pay him more money, so he would probably stay.