Aug 2, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT
Steve is up in arms (well, as up in arms as our loveable PST leader gets anyway) about David Beckham returning to London for the Closing Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Games.
Because Sir Becks (knighthood to come, eventually, inevitably) will miss the Los Angeles Galaxy’s match against Chivas USA.
I see the argument — a perversion of the old club versus country mentality — but I disagree Beckham should stay for a (relatively meaningless) regular season game.
Two things: 1) This is about Beckham and 2) This is about the Olympics.
The latter first. Beckham should have, would have, could have been on the Great Britain Olympic team. If he had been, he would miss the entire month. So, Bruce Arena, etc. were prepared to play without him. That doesn’t give Beckham free reign to leave, but it does provide a bit of perspective. Anything the Galaxy get out of Beckham this month is a BONUS.
Plus, the Galaxy star really cares about these Olympics. It’s actually rather sweet.
“Obviously, being an East End boy and growing up there, having the Olympics in that part of London is a very proud moment for us all. It was a great experience. Being part of it, being part of such a historic moment for England, it was special,” Beckham told MLSSoccer.com.
Yes, yes, there’s a bit of Bend it like Beckham spin there, but everything I’ve read indicates that he genuinely cares about these Games. I’m not cynical enough to think that everything he does is for the sake of the brand. The East End boy just wants to see his city succeed.
But also, this is David Beckham we’re talking about. He’s more than a player in MLS; he always has been and always will be. Continuing to question his dedication to the Galaxy and MLS in general is an exercise in stupidity or a willingness to close your eyes. He’s dedicated, but Beckham does what Beckham wants. These things are not mutually exclusive. He played in the All-Star Game. He’s playing tonight against Real Madrid. Then, he’s going to London to participate in one of the most important moments in his country’s recent history (no, not the Spice Girls reunion). Then, he’ll come back and play for the Galaxy again.
He’ll be here when it matters in the playoffs (unless he gets suspended again, which is a topic for another day); it’s fine for him to go now.
May 19, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
Arsenal secured its 16th consecutive spot on the Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
May 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
Sensational news for fans around BMO Field:
May 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
With David Beckham-esque tears streaming down my cheeks, we’re finally here: The final day of the 2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League.
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
The timing on this thing in two words: pretty bad:
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves on the 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation … :
May 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT
The Sounders exploit Dallas’ young back line in a meeting of two Western Conference teams in top form. Final score: 4-2 for the Sounders:
May 18, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT
Juan Agudelo makes his New England debut as Jay Heaps posts one of the best wins of his young coaching career:
May 18, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT
Highlights and context as “Jack Mac” scores his league-leading 8th goal:
May 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT
Cascadia Cup matches are always interesting, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw at BC Place was full of talking points:
May 18, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT
it was a big crowd pleaser on two fronts when the Whitecaps’ forward stroked an unstoppable free kick against Portland:
May 18, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
The young Timbers’ attacker is having an outstanding season for the Jeld-Wen Field bunch:
May 18, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT
Higuain created the game’s only goal and was masterful in possession at BMO Field:
May 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
An appearance next week in Paris Saint-Germain’s final match 2012-13 season doesn’t seem to be in the plans for the retiring superstar:
May 18, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT
Video: Reports out of England say today was the former England captain’s final match, rather than next week as expected:
May 18, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Depth at United will allow David Moyes to hut big game this offseason.
May 18, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
David Beckham’s not dropping off your radar anytime soon.
May 18, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT
Before Monaco takes on Europe, they have to convince French soccer.
May 18, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT
Manchester City’s former boss reaches out to his supportive fan base – his first public comments since his Monday dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT
Mercifully, the season’s come to an end for the 17 clubs who tried to keep pace with Bayern Munich.
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