Alexi Lalas: Beckham Will Be Booed By LA Galaxy Fans

Alexi Lalas has made claims that David Beckham will more than likely be booed if he does return to LA Galaxy in the summer.
Former LA Galaxy president Alexi Lalas, the man who signed David Beckham for the club, has stated that the fans will not react kindly to the player when he is scheduled to return in July.

Lalas forked out $ 250 million to bring the English international to Major League Soccer in January 2007. Two years since then, Beckham has used his personal financial assets to extend his time at the AC Milan. This was a bold move by the Englishman, but one that showed his dedication to his national side.

In spite of American soccer fans' dismay, it is Beckham's own agenda that has taken the helm. His personal aim to be part of Fabio Capello's plans is what drove him to stay in Serie A, making sure he was in a top flight league and training with some of the best.

Needless to say, Lalas believes that Beckham's decision to do so will not sit well with the American fans.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lalas said, "He'll get booed and it's of his own making.

"If he comes back this summer, as has been reported, I'm sure he'll do everything he can to help the team on the field.

"But I'm also sure there is something to be said for having players on your team who want to be there.

"He'll take some of the heat when he does come back, some of it deserved, some of it probably not."

The London-born midfielder is said to be returning to Los Angeles midway though July, but not before enjoying a month's holiday at the end of this season's Serie A.

Due to the player's new schedule, he will miss the entire first half of the MLS season - clearly not what the American outfit was expecting when they agreed to the initial three-month deal during the January window.

The 38-year-old Lalas is well aware of David's patriotism and dedication to his country but also feels the frustrations vented by the club's support.

"I don't begrudge him the opportunity to play in a World Cup and if he feels this is the most direct path to get to it, fine, I know what it means to represent your country," said Lalas.

"But as long as he understands there are ramifications to these decisions.

"What it comes down to is that the Galaxy fans don't care if David Beckham plays for them or not. All they want is a winning team, that's what they're used to.

"So he'll take some of the heat when he does come back, some of it deserved, some of it probably not. But this is sport and I'm sure he won't lose any sleep over it.

"Galaxy fans are very knowledgeable and they recognise there has been good and bad in David coming to the team, but they just want a good team and the current situation is not ideal, to say the least."

Despite mixed opinions regarding the quality of Major League Soccer, Lalas insisted that bringing Beckham to the league was a good decision - both for financial and popularity reasons.

"Anybody who says that the signing of David Beckham has been failure is delusional and is not seeing the bigger picture," he said.

"His impact in terms of giving the Galaxy and the MLS a platform from which to spring to the next level cannot be overstated. He has brought incredible recognition and credibility to the league."

Stephen Crawford, Goal.com