David Beckham’s hopes of owning a franchise in the MLS have been put on hold by Man City, according to The
Becks, who recently announced his retirement from playing, had hoped to set up a club to compete in the MLS, with the league still falling short of their 20 team quota.
However, Man City have now purchased New York City FC, and it is this club which will now take up the final slot next season.
With New York City’s launch in partnership with baseball giants New York Yankees, league commissioner Don Garber confirmed that Beckham will have to wait if he still harbours hopes of his own franchise in the league.
He did admit, however, that room for growth as well as clubs entering or dropping out of the league means there may be plenty of room for Beckham’s vision in the future.
Garber also acknowledged Beckham’s contribution in raising MLS’ profile. He said: “David really helped to put this league on the map. I know his retirement was huge news around the world, probably not as big in the United States, but David really believed in the MLS, he elevated the appeal and popularity of our sport.
“He took it off the sports pages and push into the popular culture scene and around the world and this new relationship [with Manchester City] will help to do the same thing. Our league is only 18 years old, we have a lot of growth ahead of us, so we’re still going to take things slowly and systematically.”
Beckham spent six years playing for LA Galaxy when he left Real Madrid, and played for AC Milan during two loan spells in the MLS off seasons. He also trained with Tottenham and Arsenal in order to maintain his fitness, and at one point looked set to don a Spurs shirt in the Premier League on a temporary arrangement before the deal fell through.
He played his last game in professional football for Paris Saint-Germain, having announced his retirement only recently.
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