David Beckham is set to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy when the international transfer window opens in July. The England midfielder paid most of the $10 million transfer fee to stay at Milan through the summer, but thinks the Galaxy fans will forgive him “deep down” for leaving California for the opening of the Major League Soccer season.
“I hope they realize by now the reasons why I made this move,” Beckham told Grahame Jones of the Los Angeles Times. “I'm sure they do deep down. I'm sure they'll be supportive when I come back. But you never know. Things could be good. Things could be bad. I can only play the game and enjoy myself.”
Goal.com hit the stands of the Galaxy's home stadium, the Home Depot Center, during LA's MLS match against the Kansas City Wizards to find out what the fans really thought about the prodigal midfielder..
“He's not very welcome as far as we're concerned,” said Jeff from LA. “He has priorities other than the Galaxy, and to Galaxy fans we don't have the same priorities.
“The question becomes, how much does he help versus how much does he care? If he helps the team, great, but it's a little bigger than that. And he knows that, he knows that.”
Several fans refused to comment, saying they had nothing to add that could refrain from profanity. Most comments were littered with vulgarity anyways.
“Eff him,” said Jeff in the LA Riot Squad, a Galaxy fan group. “He's too much of a pretty boy. He has been since he came here. We shouldn't throw a whole bunch of money and resources to try to keep him here when they could be better used doing pretty much anything.”
Ryan from Huntington and George from Alto Alva let their middle fingers do the talking for them. One fan sporting a Beckham jersey refused to admit that the midfielder's name was printed on his back.
The fans in the stands watched as the Galaxy resorted to late dramatics once again to salvage a draw. An Edson Buddle strike in the 87th minute gave Bruce Arena's men their fifth consecutive draw.
Perhaps Beckham could help provide the spark the team needs to turn draws into three points, but Adrian from Culver City says the 34-year-old is to blame for the current mess in the first place.
“I think the team has been a circus since he got here,” Adrian explained. “He's been great for U.S. soccer, not so great for the Galaxy. I feel that we've taken the hit for the rest of MLS. It'll be nice to have him back if he contributes on the field, and I'm sure he'll give it his all, but I kind of resent the whole staying over at A.C. Milan thing.”
At the end of the MLS season, Beckham could be on the move again. AC Milan has shown interest in purchasing the player outright, and it appears that the midfielder wants to play in Europe to better his chances of making the England squad for the 2010 World Cup.
Adrian, for one, did not think a divorce between the Galaxy and Beckham would be such a bad idea.
“Yeah, actually, I am excited,” he said about a possible Beckham sale in the January 2010 transfer window. “That will work out great for us, I think.”
Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com
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