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Let Him Go!


Enjoying life in Milan

Enjoying life in Milan

And the greatest love affair the world has ever seen continues to blossom. Hardman Rino Gattuso is the latest AC Milan player to line up at the Beckham kissing booth. Recently proclaiming that, “(Beckham)’s always there, he scores and makes himself available. We hope he stays for Milan to reach its objectives.” At this point the LA Galaxy has to feel like the husband who agreed to “open up” his marriage, and is now helping his wife move into a new guy’s apartment. Or like Jennifer Aniston during the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But I don’t mean to compare Jennifer Aniston to the LA Galaxy. That would be insulting to everyone’s favorite Friend. The truth is that David Beckham is too big for the MLS. There will never be a Bend It Like Buddle movie.



The Galaxy had to know that the chances of Beckham returning were slim to none. If he did well, he would stay in Europe and become England’s most capped outfield player. And now with two goals and two assists in three games, and everyone from the club president to the kit man singing his praises, Friday night matches against the Kansas City Earthquake might seem a bit less appealing. Or actually a lot less appealing, judging by this statement, “ I have to admit that, having played in Europe, at times it has been frustrating to take part in certain games (in America),” And more importantly, England manager Fabio Capello wants him to stay. And in a tug-of-war, I think he has a little more pull with Becks than Bruce Arena.

More importantly, if a great player can still play at a high level, he should have the opportunity to play on the biggest stages with other great players. The Home Depot Center is not the San Siro, Bernabéu, or Old Trafford. And playing with Landon Donovan is not playing with Kaka. Beckham wanting to stay at Milan shouldn’t be taken as an insult to the MLS, or an admission of failure. Everyone should have known that Beckham wasn’t going to make soccer more popular than it is in the US: Pele couldn’t. At the time, the MLS was his best option. And now, two years later, he has a better playing option. The LA Galaxy shouldn’t try and stop him from doing what’s best for his career, and fans deserve to see Beckham sending in crosses to Ronaldinho instead of Eddie Lewis.

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