People across the world have one of two possible emotions when it comes to David Beckham: love or hate. And no matter which emotion you are filled with - you can't deny that Beckham has brought soccer to a whole new level since he started with Manchester United back in the early 90's.
We haven't seen much of Beckham after stepping down as captain from England's national team at the World Cup last summer. Sure - he's continued to play for Real Madrid in the meantime, but it's been quiet on the Victoria and David Beckham front. That is all about to change.
The Beckham family will soon be moving to Hollywood. The Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) have recently acquired Beckham for an estimated $250 million / 5 year deal. In my opinion, this is huge news for soccer fans across the world.
There is no denying that major league sports in North America are a big deal. Hockey, football, baseball, basketball, are billion dollar industries. However, soccer has always been slow to take off in North America versus it's mega-popularity in Europe and South&Central America. If Beckham stays around and increases the popularity of soccer in North American, I have a feeling more and more kids will choose soccer as their sport. And I bet parents will be more than happy to place their children in soccer programs versus the more expensive football and hockey programs.
Myself, as life-long fan of all things soccer, am looking forward to this likely increase in popularity for one of my favourite past-times. If popularity does change, perhaps we could see a MLS team here in Canada. I know there was talk about a Toronto team starting up, but I think that's been placed on the side-burner for the time being. Now if only we could get Michael Jordan to play ultimate!
** Correction: I was wrong about Toronto's MLS team. My apologies, it's easy to forget things about Toronto. ;-)