For the MLS to be successful and show the fans their appreciation, the LA Galaxy must travel with David Beckham. He does not have to play in the games, but he MUST SHOW UP!
Since the announcement that Beckham was joining the LA Galaxy and the MLS, stadiums across America have been selling out to see the “Ambassador of the MLS”. This role was one that Beckham accepted whole heartedly and takes very serious, so why is Frank Yallop keeping him at home when they travel to Colorado?
Great question, and I wish I knew the answer to that.
Citing exhaustion after playing 3 games in 6 days, Beckham will not be travelling to the sold out stadium of fans wanting to see him play. Do not get me wrong here, I do not want anyone to play that can barely walk from being so tired, but I do believe that when Beckham took this role as Ambassador that it was his duty to show up to all the games, home and away.
He does not have to play, many fans just want to catch a glimpse of a world class player and if the fans get a chance to see one of the famous David Beckham bending free kicks, then it is a bonus. But to not even show up, that is doing an injustice to the fans themselves who took time out of their day, and money out of their pockets to see you…even if it is in a suit on the bench.
The MLS and Beckham had a small window to attract the American public to the league and the game of soccer, however that window is closing fast. It will not be nearly as tough of a ticket to get next year to see Beckham, so if the MLS wants to make its stamp in the crowed sports market of the US then Beckham must show up to games. Period.