Boss Alexi Lalas believes the signing of ex-England captain David Beckham in August could help to make LA Galaxy the world's biggest football club.The world's biggest club? Wow. I think he's forgetting one teensy weensy detail: soccer is a team sport. Sure, Beckham may be good, but there are 10 other guys on the field with him. For him to look good, the entire team must be able to perform together as a unit. Secondly, soccer is a sport where a club's history is very important, and, quite frankly, no American clubs can claim much of a history. Besides, look at who made the comment: Lalas. Do I really need to defend my skeptism any more?
Davis: Beckham signing lifts league The first three sentences of the article:
The world of Major League Soccer changed Thursday. Forever.Changed forever? MLS grew up? Now maybe I'm wrong here, but you'll have to pardon my skepticism. Is Beckham's signing a good thing for MLS? Probably. Is it going to make MLS a respectable league worldwide, and soccer the #1 sport in the US? Highly doubtful. Those two things can only be accomplished one way: by strengthening soccer on the grassroots level. Did any of the other soccer superpowers (Brazil, England, Man U, Real Madrid, etc.) gain their strength by the signing of one man or woman? No. In all of those cases, soccer is a deep, powerful force on the grassroots level. If you've ever travelled outside of the US and Canada, you know what I'm talking about. Soccer is everywhere. Kids play on the streets, fields, and anywhere there is space. Things like 'real' goalposts, regulation-size fields, shin guards, and shoes are optional. Entire cities and countries essentially grind to a halt when their team is playing. There is no glamour in a bunch of kids kicking around an old, beat-up ball on a dusty field. Will a rich, famous, glamourous player change the attitudes of Americans to soccer on the grassroots level? Sure, some will be introduced to MLS for the first time, and become hooked by the game. His presence may do a lot to making soccer look cool. But Beckham's presence isn't going to change the minds and attitudes of the American population. Only a strong grassroots growth can. What we need is more of a paradigm shift in the minds of Americans.
The league grew up, so to speak.