WASHINGTON, D.C. -- David Beckham has accomplished a lot in his professional soccer career, but he can now add another distinction: Being made fun of by the leader of the free world.
The Los Angeles Galaxy visited the White House Tuesday to be honored by President Barack Obama for winning the 2011 MLS Cup. In his remarks to the assembled media, Obama poked fun at the 37-year-old icon.
"We also have a young up-and-comer on the team, a guy by the name of David Beckham," Obama said. "I gave David a hard time. I said half his teammates could be his kids.
"He is tough," Obama added. "It is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear. David Beckham is that man."
The president also lauded Beckham for his performance during the Galaxy's championship-winning season, saying: "Last year at the age of 36, David had his best year in MLS, leading the team with 15 assists. He did it despite fracturing his spine halfway through the season, and injuring his hamstring the week before the championship game."
The Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 last November to clinch the championship. Landon Donovan scored the game's lone goal.
"Landon's eye for the net, his will to win are legendary, and once again he stepped up when his teammates needed him most," Obama said.
Obama also compared the Galaxy to another team filled with high-profile talent, calling the team the "Miami Heat of MLS." The only difference, of course, being that the Galaxy have actually won a championship.
The day was also notable because starting goalkeeper Josh Saunders was able to join his teammates at the ceremony, after being allowed to leave the league's substance abuse and rehabilitation program. Saunders is in the program indefinitely.
After the president spoke, several Galaxy players, including Donovan and Beckham, joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a Q&A session with dozens of kids who were in town for the event.
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