Beckham coming back to Galaxy after Milan fails to make “an acceptable offer”

David Beckham 5 (AP) 

David Beckham will NOT be staying with AC Milan after his loan move ends on March 9th.

The Los Angeles Galaxy issued a statement late on Friday night stating that AC Milan did not make an "acceptable offer" for Beckham, meaning he will be returning to the Galaxy next month rather than staying with the Italian club.

"Today's deadline imposed by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber regarding a resolution of David Beckham's potential transfer to AC Milan has passed and we did not receive an acceptable offer for the player and we look forward to having him back with the club starting March 9," Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said in a statement released by the club.

Admit it, you never thought that would be the outcome of this situation, did you?

Graham Jones of the Los Angeles Times offers this detailed report on the situation, with the following statement from AEG president Tim Lieweke about the possibility of Milan coming back with another offer:

'They'll come back. Sure they will. But we owe it to our fans [not to consider it]. They've been reading all these stories and we lose credibility by the day. That's not fair. We owe it to Bruce and we owe it to the rest of the team."

"We're a month away from our season."

What do you think of this news? Still don't buy it? Think a $20 million offer from Milan would change Don Garber's mind? Think this news makes it that much more likely that Landon Donovan stays with Bayern Munich?

Share your thoughts below.

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78 Responses to Beckham coming back to Galaxy after Milan fails to make “an acceptable offer”

  1. Ed says:

    I’m half buying this; if Milan comes back with an offer they can’t refuse I’m sure Garber and co. would reconsider.

  2. Eric says:

    Good for MLS…Im glad they did not back down. He has a contract and should stick to it. He should have thought about AC Milan BEFORE he signed his so-called “250 million dollar” contract.

  3. JD Rollins says:

    I think he is too important as the “face” of the league to Garber to sell. Period.

  4. Chris Tucker says:

    I love the fact the MLS keeps making moves for the Good of the league. Tickets sales around the league are through the rough. Jersey sales are through the roof. But does anyone care about the REAL Galaxy fans? The people sick of the Beckham circus? The people sick of watching their team finish in dead last on account of this man? The people who pay the highest Season ticket prices in the league (By far) who get the smallest return? Nope. Go sod yourself Garber.

  5. Steve says:

    Way to stand strong MLS!!!!!!!!!

  6. Willie yo says:

    Somehow I don’t think this is the end of it. I have a feeling that Becks will work with Milan to figure out a deal. If Becks wants to stay and Milan offers 10m, who is to say that Becks himself won’t put in another 5m to make the offer closer to the magic 20m that is being reported.

    I am a Galaxy fan but to be honest, besides the initial excitement he brought to the team/league, I am over it. I just want a side that can win consistently.

    The Galaxy should sell Donovan and Becks, use the transfer money they receive from MLS to buy down salaries and start a spending spree on good ol’ proven MLS talent. They can create a side that is 2 players deep in most positions and take on teams in the Superliga and CONCACAF Champions League. Now that is excitement to me.

  7. Jay says:

    This is idiocy… good move? I can’t see how it’s a good move to “force” a player back who will be disgruntled the whole season, while also passing on the opportunity to collect around $15 million right now. This will look more ridiculous in the fall when he exercises whatever out clause is in his contract and the league gets nothing for him! Grow up Garber… the man served his purpose… now let him go and let the rest of the league and its fans move on as well!!

  8. Peter Bering says:

    Holding out for a better offer or/and cash from Becks. He should go to Milan. LA is footballing death for him.

  9. Jeff says:

    I think David’s reaction will to be upset and demotivated to play well for the Galaxy and cause locker room problems. However, I think he will go out and try to play well anyway to woo Capello for the World Cup. Yet that won’t make the locker room troubles go away and I think if the Galaxy play poorly then David’s temper on a short fuse will rage out. Personally the way he handled it I hope he comes out next year and fills the stands but goes crazy at the end and trashes his market value in some way.

  10. Curtis Spiteri says:

    This isn’t over by a long shot.

    AC Milan will up their bid, throw in some friendlies and play in the All Star game.

    Look for it, we have 4 weeks of pure soccer rumor heaven.

    YES! MLS and American soccer is actually becoming relevant in the soccer world.

  11. Jason says:

    I never believe Tim or Don.

    If Milan comes back with a better offer, they will listen.

  12. JoeW says:

    It’s not done. AC Milan may make a higher offer and the excuse LAG has is this “David really wanted to play in Italy and it’s important that you have players on your team who want to be on your team so we wish him well…blah, blah, blah.”

    Or, AC Milan was just playing to the fans, found Beckham useful but not $10 million Euros useful so this allows them to say “we tried but those ignorant Americans just don’t understand how it’s done, yada, yada, yada.”

    Or AC Milan approaches LAG again in August and this time, LAG looking at no transfer fee instead of maybe $2 million agrees to the sale.

    But what I don’t see happening is Beckham finishes his contract in LAG, playing great soccer. I see either sale, or he leaves after this year. And combined with that will be lots of jets across the Atlantic to play for England and more injuries with all that travel and those games.

  13. M ike says:

    A $20m bid would make the league listen but it’s clear from Lieweke’s quotes tonight that Milan has probably not really even offered the supposed $10m offer that’s been in the media the past week.

    Sounds like Milan is not putting their money where their mouth is.

  14. DemonJuice says:

    Beckham won’t be back. Both Garber’s “deadline” (which really wasn’t if you read his entire statement) and Lieweke’s statement here are just negotiation tactics.

    Milan called MLS’ deadline bluff and low-balled the Galaxy.

    If MLS and the Galaxy get good valuation for him up through March 9th they’ll let him go, no question.

  15. Neumannator says:

    Can’t be over, but it’d be hilarious if it was. I will grab some popcorn and watch.

  16. BlueWhiteLion says:

    Arena, now is time to put a team together. Let’s see if Kirovski can be inspired to rise to the occasion. Let’s see Buddle not fuddle. Let’s see some DEFENSE.

    Make hay while the sun shines, LA.

  17. Sean says:

    I think, given the situation, the Galaxy have done the right thing.

    Should Beckham have commanded $20 million? No. But, for a player with such a value to the league and to AC Milan, he should have easily commanded more than $10. And, props to MLS for basically saying, ‘Put out or get out’.

    MLS season is a month away and Arena has a right to focus on his club and how to make them successful. Beckham DID sign a contract and is obligated to it. That’s life folks, you make a decision and you have to live with it sometimes.

    Did I want Beckham to stay? No. He should have been sold to play in AC Milan. But, MLS shouldn’t have just sold him for less than deserved. Listen, a player who doesn’t want to be there isn’t a player the club wants but we can’t live and govern by those rules alone because then any player can screw his club if he wants to just by voicing his displeasure or disinterest in the media.

    If AC Milan comes up with a great offer now, do it. But, only if there’s one great offer that can’t be refused. Otherwise, don’t let AC Milan disrespect MLS by continuing to try and negotiate after MLS and the Galaxy have said, ‘No’.

    And, this is after the transfer window closed, too right? So, Beckham needs to understand the position he’s put the Galaxy in.

  18. Bill says:

    MLS is being stupid. This will ensure Beckham will leave in the fall and MLS/LA GALAXY will get nothing for him. I have no problem with MLS trying to negotiate for the best price. More power to them but in the end they should let Beck’s go. LA GALAXY is a the joke of a second (or third) tier league. Huff and puff some more guys, you look like idiots.

  19. Sean says:

    Also, I think it’s fair to say that Beckham’s impact on this league is virtually over. He won’t stay next year if he’s forced to stay this year. He isn’t spiking TV ratings or tickets sales astronomically anymore. His salary is bloated compared with his worth. There’s not much he can do with a bunch of mediocre talent around him.

    Have you ever seen a pro tennis player play against an amateur? No beautiful tennis to speak of.

    It’s takes a crop of great players to get the most out of a great player. In AC Milan, that would have happened. And, should have.

    But, MLS is our league and has its own integrity. Don’t treat the league like it’s nothing. It’s value may not be the same as the EPL or Serie A, but there is still unique value.

  20. Brock says:

    Frankly I am just glad that now i can watch Fox Soccer Report and not have to hear about the latest Beckham news. O God I hope.

  21. steve says:

    i read somewhere that it isn’t a “get out” clause technically…something like he has the option to buy out his contract or something, so the galaxy wouldn’t exactly get nothing back…

  22. K1p says:

    This quote from the Houston Chronicle soccer forums always cracks me up as it is featured on the front page:

    “One day Beckham is playing Inter or Roma with Kaka and Ronaldhino, and the next he’s running down shanks from Ante Jazic and taking orders from Bruce Arena? Why wouldn’t he race back to the Galaxy?”
    — wrenj10

  23. Matt says:

    First of all, Beckham won’t stop playing hard. That is his only chance to make the national team.

    Secondly, you all understimate the power of sponsors. They need to start planning for the seaon as well and can’t do that until a decision is reached about Beckham.

    Milan was never serious. Why would they really want Beckham? He is in good form now, but his great streak won’t last forever. They wanted him for basically nothing and thought MLS would roll over. Beckham is like the old guy hanging on to his glory days. Good for MLS.

  24. J says:

    ives “admit it” galarcep.

    haha. admit it, ives! you’ve got yourself a catch phrase.

  25. Justin O says:

    Bill – I’m not sure why you (and others) are focusing on the fact that he would leave at the end of the year as meaning they should take whatever they can get now. I’m sure the total they are looking for is roughly equivalent to the money they expect to make from Beckham in 2009. I’m sure it makes more financial sense to keep him around for 1 year then to take what Milan is offering.

  26. Charlie N. says:

    the turning point in this whole story is who has the bloody horse head in the bed. Is it Garber or the Chairman???

  27. Eugene says:

    This is over and done with. AC Milan continued to pretend to look at him strictly on the basis of acquiring a player, when in reality they had started selling jerseys before he even started playing.

    They understand full well that he’s worth more commercially than he is on the field, but they wanted to lowball MLS and MLS didn’t allow them to get away with it.

    Beckham will be here through the end of the ’09 season and then he will exercise his escape clause. In the mean time, MLS and AEG will start promoting him and selling partial season packages with LA/Beckham games. Once that business rolls forward, they will not sell him only to pull the rug out from underneath MLS fans who bought tickets to see Beckham. It’s just not going to happen.

    I also don’t see these loan deals happening again in the future, given how messy this one was resolved. Just no point for MLS to get involved in this monkey business.

    I also think Landon’s chances of getting sold to Bayern have also been reduced substantially given that Bayern hasn’t put in an offer yet and MLS created this arbitrary deadline for Beckham. Oh well, it would have been good for Donovan. Perhaps Bayern will buy him in the summer window now that they’ve had a chance to evaluate him.

  28. spencer says:

    Once again I think the league has made the wrong decision. Is the MLS going to be the only league in the world that attempts to make people stay for their whole contract. Theres a reason why the young prospects bolt for Europe. Its because they don’t want to get stuck with a long contract. Don’t expect many international stars to come if we won’t ever give them a chance to leave again if they decide.

  29. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Wow…where to begin? First off, neither the league or the Gals are “forcing” Beckham to do anything. He did sign a contract of his own will, if I recall. Secondly, as some have pointed out, he still wants to play for England, so hes going to play hard, and not loaf it. And lastly, since Beckham has been here, the league has had the second and third greatest years of attendance in the history of the league. Anyone who says Beckham hasn’t had an influence is smoking crack…..a lot.

  30. Johnny Boy says:

    I doubt this is truly the end of it. But if it is, then the Galaxy have done a bad piece of business for themselves.

    1. Their biggest star has just clearly stated he doesn’t want to be here.

    2. Beckham has an out clause after this year anyway. Whatever settlement they work out then is most likely to be less lucrative for LA. If Milan truly believes their own hype, Beckham is good for another 4-5 years anyway and they can get him a lot cheaper then.

    3. Beckham has been “rejuvenated ” and you always want to sell a player when his value is at its highest. It may not be so high in August.

    4. LA has to realize that outside of Becks and Landon, the team is a wasteland. Get the most you can for these two and then use the money to build a real team. Arena isn’t great with star players anyway.

    5. Becks has done his bit to promote MLS. If he stays now you start getting into a diminishing returns situation.

  31. Scott A says:

    spencer, where have you been?
    You think that MLS is the only league that fights bigger leagues for a higher transfer free for star players? Please
    Young prospects bolt for Europe because MLS rightly has a salary cap which prevents teams from paying players a high salary. It’s unfortunate but a fact of life. It has nothing to do with Beckham’s situation
    This isn’t about MLS forcing Beckham to stay for his whole contract, it’s getting as much as they possibly can from somebody who wants him

  32. dealer2 says:

    Ugh. I knew MLS would find a way to screw this up. Now nobody gets what they want. Oh, wait, I guess there are people who’d rather stick it to one of the most powerful teams in the world, just so they can say “BOO”!

    Disgruntled or not, Becks impact on American soccer is declining. Bring him back happy after 2010, but get the frecking $14 million NOW!

    All you face-saving types need to realize that it’s money that will build the league. Not your misplaced pride.

  33. Derek says:

    I think it is a good move on the MLS’s part. Even if he is to get out of his contract after a year, how does that mean the MLS gets nothing out of this?? He continues to sell tickets and LA doesnt get totally screwed out of all the money they paid. If they gave in, MLS looks weak and doesnt stand to make anything anyway in the current offer. Beckham won’t cause problems if he does in fact come back, he is too much of a professional to act like he is “disgruntled”. I guess he can say goodbye to his World Cup and caps dreams though

  34. elvis says:

    Can’t believe this is the end – why would the Galaxy want him back after he’s said he wants to leave? Why would MLS turn down the chance for a big pay day?

    I won’t believe Becks is back with the Galaxy until he puts on the kit for game 1.

  35. Steve T. says:

    Dealer,

    14 million aint squat compared to what he brings to the league. The Redbull V. Gals games have been 66k, 50k seats respectively. They charge premo prices at about 35-50 bucks a seat. That is 2+ Million in tickets sales ALONE for one game because of becks. The American soccer league aint great business, but Americans are great business men. Fook AC milan, MLS has a pair, and when they get a good price they’ll sell faster than a snuggie, bro!

  36. Michael F. says:

    I’m shocked.

  37. Adam M. says:

    This was clearly the right decision for LA. Becks has a contract and is simply too valuable to the team and league to be sold for less that he is worth, much less the paltry sum Milan was offerred. Becks has to play hard for LA if he has any shot at maintaining his position for England, so he cannot afford to be less than professional upon his return. While Becks might be disappointed, remember that C. Ronaldo did not get his dream move to Real Madrid either. Contracts are contracts, after all. Is it really over? Who knows? But now that LA has called Milan’s bluff, anything short of a monster deal cannot be accepted, and that would seem to go for Landon Donovan as well. In the meantime, Milan will have to settle for Ronaldinho, Kaka, Pato, and the parade of other talent they possess under contracts with their name already on them.

  38. cbr says:

    bravo MLS,

    milk whatever money and publicity you can get out of him this year (which is going to be worth more than what Milan will give MLS) and let him do whatever he wants after 09.

    the league needed its poster boy back.

  39. This Guy says:

    Excuse me if I’m wrong but Beckham’s out clause is into a percentage puchase of an MLS team. That means after this year to get out of his contract he would GM or own a team??????

    I’m not sure this is right but it hit the press in about July of 2007.

  40. kpugs says:

    This is Milan…and ONLY Milan’s fault. Big time European clubs can be frugal and I won’t make fun of them for that. But they thought they were pushing around a Mickey Mouse league and assumed them and their superstar would get Beckham for a buck if they wanted to.

    Honestly I wanted him to stay at Milan, it would only have improved his future relationship with MLS. But blame this one squarely on Milan, there is nothing wrong with what MLS or the Galaxy did here.

    I don’t think this affects Donovan at all, it is a completely different situation on all fronts, including the fact that Donovan SHOULD BE A FRICKING DESIGNATED PLAYER AND ISN’T. That is the least of the many reasons why I don’t think Donovan is coming back, nor would I blame MLS if he doesn’t.

  41. fig says:

    wow!
    some of you people are absolutely clueless when it comes to business.

    -MLS is doing good business in letting the soccer/business world know that they are to be taken seriously.

    -AEG is ALL about business. In this case, they’re weighing how much Becks is worth to the league versus how much Milan is offering. So far, Milan hasn’t offered nearly enough, so it’s in MLS and LA’s interest to hold on to Beckham.

    -Beckham has always been a complete professional for every club he’s played for regardless of the circumstances.

    -He has no incentive to be a angry, pouting player (which is uncharacteristic of him) if he does return to play out the season with LA, since his main goal is to make England’s World Cup squad.

    Please, people, get a clue and realize that MLS did the RIGHT thing.

  42. Justin O says:

    dealer2 – This is not about, nor has it ever been about, pride, misplaced or otherwise. It’s about money. Beckham will bring in much more money to the league in 2009 than the 14 million you cite. Much more, I’m sure.

  43. KCB says:

    kpugs said it well. Good for the Galaxy, bad for Milan. And I’m not saying that in a soccer sense, but in a business sense. I’m honestly not sure how this will affect the image of MLS around the world, but I for one am pleased with how the MLS handled/attacked the situation. I will admit, I was one of many that wanted to see Becks go, but only for the right price (and a MLS v Milan All-Star match). Milan didn’t deliver, and like Real Madrid they will regret not holding onto Beckham.

  44. scott47a says:

    I’m with JustinO.

    David Beckham is worth millions to MLS in advertising, jersey sales, ticket sales, marketing, and more.

    If Milan wants to cover the money that will be lost if Becks leaves, fine. If not, then they can screw off and Becks can bring his whiny butt back here, where I will happily tell him what I think of him.

  45. KungFuSoccer says:

    Wow. I don’t believe it, but I do. AC Milan has not offered DB’s financial value yet. But why wouldn’t they? He is so valuable in terms of shirts, tv viewers, seats sold, overall excitement. I’m a DB admirer, but not a fanboy. Yet, I have been watching Seria A recently.

    Something tells me that this is not over. I think DB might even break the deadlock with his own $$$.

  46. Scott A says:

    Amen, Adam M.
    People are acting like this if the first time in soccer history that a player has expressed a desire to move to a different club and hasn’t had it granted

  47. Justin O says:

    In any case, he shouldn’t whine that much. Nor should AC Milan. He can go to AC Milan, this year even. He’ll just have to do it in the fall rather than in the spring. No tragedy here for Beckham or Milan.

  48. Scott A says:

    Another comment: Beckham never told LAG that he was negotiating with Milan for a loan. How’s that for respect? Not many other teams around the world would tolerate that from a player
    I don’t mind MLS playing some hardball.

  49. Jones71 says:

    The comments I’m reading here are really fairly out of touch with reality.

    Some things to point out:

    (1) if AC Milan lose the derby this weekend to Inter, they are effectively out of the running for the scudetto and don’t need to acquire Beckham, or anyone else for that matter.

    (2) They don’t really need Beckham (or anyone else new) to make it to the UEFA Cup Final as they are clearly the cream of the crop in that competition. If they were in the Champions League, it would be a different matter.

    (3) Beckham will be 34 in the Spring, meaning his days are numbered in top flight football no matter how well he’s currently playing in the Serie A and no matter that he’s still the best passer on the England National team. As you can tell with the AC Milan games, he truly loves playing and will not simply retire after the World Cup. Thus, making MLS very attractive to him (again).

    To conclude, I’ll repeat what I wrote on here before, Beckham will be back for all of the 2009 MLS season and will return to AC Milan from December 2009 to May 2010. He’ll then play in the World Cup and then return to LA Galaxy in August 2010 for the rest of his career.

  50. Justin O says:

    Uh…thanks Jones71, but I think plenty of people here get all of that already.

  51. Goalscorer24 says:

    Tired of the drama. Can we focus on the soccer? I wish Beckham woudl leave it is just such a distraction. The Galaxy would do better without him, and probably make the playoffs.

  52. chucke T says:

    this now feels like one big marketing ploy….i think we’ve all been had. jokes on us — he was never stayin in milan.

  53. Come on folks. Seriously, this is Hollywood, coupled with Beckham, are you kidding me? This is going down to the first week of March.

    Story will unfold like this. Beckham helps Milan win string of matches putting them top of the Serie A, AC Milan cannot refuse but to GO BIG and buy buy buy at 15-20M.

  54. jpc says:

    I was absolutely opposed to the MLS’s sudden imposed timeline, I thought it was hypocritical; HOWEVER, it’s encouraging to see the MLS show a little backbone and not be bullied into a bad decision by Beckham or Milan, who were clearly both attempting to put pressure on the MLS through the press to sell at an unreasonable price

  55. Nick says:

    I’m not too surprised.

    LA/MLS have a lot to lose financially by letting him go a year early.

    Milan don’t have much to gain financially by getting him now instead of next winter. All the people planning to buy Milan Beckham jerseys will still pick them up next year. Attendance won’t change for milan.

  56. Neil Chippy says:

    Let Beckham go! Bring in an American. Bring in someone that we can get behind as OUR soccer player. Don’t need those foreign imports

  57. Tim says:

    I dunno what UEFA Cup Jones has been watching but Milan is far from the best team in it. They didnt even win their group!

  58. Neil Chippy says:

    Let Beckwoman listen to this:

    link to youtube.com

    If he doesn’t want to return here, then let him stay in Italy. Nothing against Italy, but you tied America “a man down” in you world cup winning year.

    Uncle Sam is gonna figure this soccer thing out and when he does he is COMING FOR YOU!

  59. Neil Chippy says:

    O yea give st. louis a team so i can enjoy when these “fancy lads” come to my hometown and i can treat them like barry bonds or a-rod.

  60. r.c. says:

    The timing of the deadline was critical to the Galaxy’s negotiating position. Milan are playing Inter this weekend, and if they lose, chances are they’re out of the Scudetto race and it won’t matter if they have Beckham. If they win, they’ll definitely want to keep Beckham for the title push. But the Galaxy set the deadline before this pivotal game knowing Milan’s decision would largely rest on what happens this weekend.

    That said, the Galaxy have sternly given themselves firm control, and will now force Milan to either come with a bigger offer (than the initially expected compromise offer) so that they will be willing to listen (though they always would’ve listened anyway).

  61. Neil Chippy says:

    not that there is anything wrong with that

  62. papa bear says:

    This is only mildly surprising.(I thought it would end up with a season long loan) I mean if you have been awake for the last 3 years you have noticed that Serie A clubs (Milan included) are considerably more poor than they used to be and the current economic woes in the EU are merely exacerbating it.

    Look around Serie A and you see teams that are either VERY old (Milan) or VERY young. Very little in between because players at both ends are cheap. Milan hoped they could ‘scare’ MLS into a cheap sale for a player who could generate revenue doing nothing and it failed.

    Beckham’s big mistake was falling for the pillow talk. His saying he wanted to leave is NOT going to play well at all. In Europe it’s ‘acceptable’ for a player to say those sorts of things and return to the team, here it just isn’t until you REALLY prove yourself. He is going to have to have the biggest year of his career if he hopes to win back any fans and keep his name a relevant property in America.

  63. Charlie says:

    I still don’t think you sell one of the 3 most marketable players in the world for less than $40 million.

  64. Rastafari says:

    “Beckham coming back to Galaxy after Milan fails to make “an acceptable offer”

    No f’n sh%t?

  65. Rudy says:

    Has anyone seen the verbage in Beckham’s opt out clause? For all we know it wasn’t as big a leveraging chip as it seems. Perhaps in order to opt out there’s a price that has to be paid. So the league is prepared to make whatever they can during the season and then collect when Beckham opts out.

  66. C-note says:

    Compare Chicago’s situation with Conde, who wanted to play for NY. Conde played like a BEAST for the Fire, so if Becks stays, will he make less effort than Conde did? Becks will play as well as he can if he is here, but the Fire has more depth than the Galaxy. Since that limits what DB can really do, Milan shoulda showed MLS the money.

  67. Eugene says:

    For everyone who believes MLS is turning down a big payday, remember that AEG was going to evaluate if they were better off keeping him or selling him — from a financial perspective!

    He’s worth more in an LA jersey and on American soccer fields than what Milan was offering. It couldn’t be any more obvious.

  68. Alex says:

    My opinion….HA!!!!! what a wanker!!! Everyone is saying it even the announcers for the spain game they don’t want him in 2010 this idea is all him and I think fabio feels the pressure to either keep him or leave him. This is going to be interesting fasten your seat belt!!

  69. Jim says:

    I think MLS could be in for a very difficult season. The economic fall out for sports has not truly been felt yet, since the two playing right now (NBA and NHL) already had season tickets sold before the crisis kicked into gear. But I’m fairly certain baseball will see a significant loss (outside of NY/LA/BOS/CHI), and MLS could see a loss of ticket sales of 10-15%.

    That being said, will we also see a decline in Beckham’s appeal? Possibly. But nowhere near the drop off the rest of the league faces. So keeping Beckham for one more season to bolster ticket sales and ratings could have an even BIGGER impact than we think.

  70. metrostar 4 life says:

    I personally thought he would be back and I am happy I am- I don’t think he deserves to leave unless he helps out his team first

  71. MiamiAl says:

    If the Galaxy really want to show who is boss, they should sell his ass to another MLS team!

  72. Moe says:

    I can’t believe all the people saying MLS and Galaxy are making a bad move here. Beckham signed a contract. He makes the team and the league money. If someone else wants him they have to pay up, or else they don’t get him. If you sell every player who wants out, because he might stop trying, you are going screw over your team and eventually the league. Who cares if that is how it is done in Europe, its not how it should be done here. Besides, whats Beckham going to do? Sulk all year and tarnish his reputation? I see this move as more one that needs to be made to make sure the rest of the world takes MLS seriously in negotiations.

  73. chupacabra says:

    Banner for Beckham’s MLS homecoming match:

    Serioux was right

  74. RapsidsMan says:

    Let the Beckham “Farewell” tour begin!

    Hopefully the MLS will get 2-5 mil in the summer for him or he is gone on a free in Oct.

  75. matt says:

    Everyone – this is pretty simple! Becks will leave in october from MLS for free! So AEG and MLS will get nothing, and just passed up on millions. If Becks comes back, he will be pissed off the whole time and probably get injured. He has been such a bust in this league – yes he sold some tickets, but this league is not for him. And I don’t blame Beckham, he has to play with young players that should not even be playing professional soccer. My estimate is that MLS is out of business is 5-7 years..

  76. chupacabra says:

    Repeat after me, he is NOT gone on a free. He has an out clause in his contract, but it has conditions.

  77. Thisisfootball says:

    Becks will leave in october from MLS for free? Really matt are you his agent? Do you have a copy of his contract in front of you… right there next to your lincoln logs and your blankie perhaps? And you looked into your crystal ball and saw that the league would be out of business in 5-7 years…

    Matt = Idiot

  78. Scott A says:

    matt=idiot