Why David Beckham Will Stay In MLS Next Season
With the 2011 MLS season nearing its end, David Beckham future becomes reason for speculation and rumor. The Englishman had a rocky start in LA but has been a significant part of turning the franchise from worst to first. There’s been talk of Beckham moving back to England or somewhere else in Europe but will he stay in MLS? Here’s why I think he’ll stay in MLS for 2012 and likely finish his playing career stateside.
Now, just to clarify before going into my reasons, I’m not saying he won’t go on loan in 2012 but that he will remain in MLS.
If Beckham were to join a team in Europe, it would likely make it difficult for him to also participate in the London Olympics. If he stays in MLS (and most likely with the LA Galaxy), he would likely be allowed to play in the tournament. This could happen with a club in Europe but probably not as likely as it would be near the start of the domestic leagues. While the Galaxy put their foot down in regards to loan moves recently, they will more than likely be willing to let Beckham play in the Olympics.
Beckham has stated that his wife and kids enjoy living in Los Angeles. It’s no secret that a footballer’s family/wife can have an impact on their career decisions. His family has settled in the USA and a move back to Europe doesn’t seem likely. It is possible Beckham could return overseas to play without his family moving but the chances are better he stays in the USA.
Future MLS Owner
One of the unique features of Beckham’s contract with the LA Galaxy was an option to buy an MLS expansion franchise. Beckham has talked about the possibility of moving into the front office after playing and this would be the perfect opportunity. If he finishes his career (probably only a few more seasons at most), it could be a seamless transition to the front office of the 20th MLS franchise (probably 2nd NY team).