The LA Galaxy has cut ties with David Beckham, sending him to the Syracuse Silver Knights. I've always wanted to write that sentence. This past week's game between the New England Revolution and the LA Galaxy showcased some cracks in the relationship between David Beckham and team manager Bruce Arena.
After a lack luster first half of play, David Beckham was substituted and was not available for comment to reporters after the game. The LA Galaxy lost 3-1 against a struggling Revs side at home.
“[I] Felt we needed to make a change in the midfield,” Arena said. “Purely a coach’s decision. I couldn’t change 11 players, that’s what I told the team at halftime. If I had 11 substitutions I would have considered that.”
Beckham’s removal was perhaps surprising, as he had two free kicks on goal that caused trouble for Revs' keeper Matt Reis.
However, the possibility of Syracuse landing 36 year old Beckham is something to consider. Although, the MISL is not likely in the future for Beckham, his contribution would be immense. As he grows older he seems less and less likely to chase down loose balls across the pitch. Perhaps a move to a smaller, more physical style of play, may help extend his career. At very least, the challenge may re spark his love for the game
In recent games I've seen Beckham play, and he certainly seems to complain more than run or make plays. His greatest strength is found in the set piece, where his skills are more translatable to the indoor game. Either playing as a forward or mid, his contribution inside the glass would be noticeable from day one.
Moreover, his entire persona would elevate the MISL to unforeseen popularity. Likely selling out all of the venues that the Silver Knights played in, Beckham would be the reality that the Rochester Lancers hoped for last year with the infamous Allen Iverson contract offer.
All things considered, there is some dysfunction in Beckham's game. His tirades against referee's blown calls and seemingly lazy style of play do not bode well for American fans who prefer hard work, determination, and championships. At least he brings the latter. This latest episode between Beckham and Arena is one of many that show how his dysfunction has encroached into the LA Galaxy locker room.
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