It’s official: former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is now a member of Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain. The catch: it’s only a guest appearance. The games played will be few, he’ll only be available until the end of the season, and while the pay will be decent, he doesn’t need the money.
Beckham’s salary will be going to a local children’s charity. Publicity stunt or playing for a cause? You be the judge.
“I was part of MLS for six years with huge success off the field and in the last three years, we had huge success on the field. I will continue to be an ambassador for football in America,” Beckham told reporters at the press conference on Thursday, according to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “I enjoyed living there, my family enjoyed living there and it was something that was very special for us over those years.
“I always said to my commitment to football in the United States will continue. I will continue to be an ambassador there and if I can grow the game in other places than great.
“I chose here because I can see what the club are trying to do, the players they’re bringing in. I won’t receive any salary, we have decided my salary will go towards a local children’s charity in Paris and that is one of the things we are very excited and proud to do…I am very lucky to have earned what I have earned throughout my career.”
Back on the home front, young forward Jack McBean is prepping for his third season on Bruce Arena’s Galaxy first team. McBean just graduated from high school (check the View from Avalon’s Hub for all the details), and already has won two MLS Cups, a Supporters Shield, and two CONCACAF Champions League Championship Round appearances.
However, McBean faces competition from other worthy forwards such as Gyasi Zardes and Charlie Rugg, and it’s up to him to determine whether or now he will earn any playing time.
“It’s been a good and fun two years, but I’m ready to start contributing more,” McBean told Serrano. “Whether it’s off the bench or starting or whatever I can do to help the team win another a championship.
“There’s always going to be good competition and you can never take a day off because you need to impress the coaches and improve every day. I have the mentality that I’m fighting for a spot, I don’t have a guaranteed spot and hopefully it keeps going well then I can get some minutes with the first team.”
Also coming back from his training at Tottenham Hotspur FC was Robbie Keane, who joined A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez, both of whom were hoping to be on the roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Honduras on Feb 6.
“I always look forward to getting back into the swing of things,” said Keane to LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “I’m looking forward to really getting into training with the lads. For me, it’s been a long break. Certainly you get those niggles you had to get sorted out. I feel good.”
The Galaxy will open their slate of preseason matches today against the USA Under-17 National Team at the Home Depot Center. Los Angeles open up the regular season on Mar. 3 against the Chicago Fire at the HDC.