Nov 1, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT
Weren’t we here just a year ago?
It’s MLS playoff time. And that means that it’s almost time for player movement, transfers, releases, retirements and such. And that means spotlights are pointed in certain directions as we lean in to hear about future plans.
A big, bright one is aimed toward David Beckham. Just like this time last year, we are asking about the 37-year-old midfielder’s status.
After all, his season and, by extension, his high-profile time with the Galaxy, could be done by night’s end. (I seriously doubt it; as I said in an earlier post, the Galaxy wins tonight’s match-up seven times out of eight, in my estimation.)
Beckham has a year remaining on the Galaxy deal he signed a year ago, when the original five-year agreement expired.
Who knows? … I’m going to enjoy being in the playoffs again this season and then we’ll see – see how this body feels after the playoffs.”
Beckham is, after all, continually dealing with minor injuries, the price of playing at age 37. He has spent just 62 minutes on the field over the past few weeks, in fact. And those trips back and forth overseas cannot be easy on a body that’s approaching 40.
(No, there will be no Olympic games in 2013, nor presumably any Royal weddings to attend. But there will surely be something that requires ferrying back and forth to the homeland.)
Beckham manages his work rate well on match-day, smartly conserving energy through choices and style of play. But there’s no escaping the fact that he’s a midfielder, accountable on offense and defense for a team and a manager that will always demand as much, so there will always be movement, tackling and running involved.
Just thinking about it makes my knees and ankles hurt.
Still, Beckham says, the competitive desire still burns.
Even when I stop playing, I’ll have hunger to do something better and be the best at something and always be successful. No matter where I am, no matter what age I am, no matter how many championships I’ve won, I still wake up and I still want to win another championship every year.”
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