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Beckham Stays.....for Now

The deadline set by The Commish Don Garber has come and, apparently, gone: David Beckham stays with the Galaxy.

Here's what Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena had to say:

"Today's deadline imposed by Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber regarding a resolution of David Beckham's potential transfer to AC Milan has passed and we did not receive an acceptable offer for the player. As a result, David remains an L.A. Galaxy player and we look forward to having him back with the club starting March 9."

Read more here.

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2009; 9:29 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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Comments

Something tells me this won't be last we hear of Beckham and AC Milan.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 13, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

A big suitcase of cash is tantamount to a deadline extension.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 13, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

So, Posh wears the pants?

LA it is. More Beckham drama at least brings some much needed attention to the league as the World Cup Qualifiers come about . . .

but is that worth $10 or 20 million in Beckham driven publicity?

Posted by: delantero | February 13, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

everything that i have read has been from the galaxy and nothing from milan. it sounds like that LAG are hoping if they jump up and and yell loud enough that everyone will think it is so. But I have a feeling that the near $15 dollar offer that milan was reported to be ready to offer will speak just a bit louder, no matter what AEG or Garber say.

Posted by: jjfooty | February 13, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if David would like to become a partner in my new "Free Becks" T-shirt company -- :)

Posted by: mfloydhall | February 13, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations pinkfloydhall. I think you just suggested the BB banner for the Galaxy game at home.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 13, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

so United has an open DP slot and a need on the wing, right?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 13, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@jjfooty: Actually Milan president, manager and players including Pirlo and Maldini wanted Beckham to stay. It's been on many news.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 13, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

BWAHHAHAHAHAH!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 13, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh well back not the minors. No more of the Big Show. LOL

Posted by: truth2 | February 13, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@DCUnitedFootball

huh?

Posted by: redskinsux | February 13, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

if they up it to $15 million, MLS won't think twice. Better to cash in now than let him walk away for free come fall.

Posted by: doh1 | February 13, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

...Who's David Beckham?

Posted by: B_A_ | February 13, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how the BBC has a very different take on things...

See http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/7884924.stm

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 13, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Who's David Beckham? Probably, the only player that wouldn't be working at a car wash or Wal-Wart if there wasn't an MLS.

Posted by: truth2 | February 13, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"if they up it to $15 million, MLS won't think twice. Better to cash in now than let him walk away for free come fall."

--doh1

Ok, I got that. I didn't understand what DCUnitedFootball was trying to say in response.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 13, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Dimes, why do you think DC has an open DP spot? Their one and only DP spot is currently filled.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 13, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me this particular Betty La Fea telenovela is nowhere NEAR over...

Posted by: Juan-John | February 14, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm just happy to be here.
It's not about the money.
We love it here in LA this is our new city.
It's not true that I have already played my best soccer.
No, I don't miss England. I love smog.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | February 14, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Methinks it would have been better to let him go. This could get nasty.

But who knows. Maybe coming back, and helping out the MLS, will help him forget the Siren song Europe. I mean, expanding awareness in this country is a noble endeavor. Ah well. We'll hear more from this anon.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 14, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

On Sky Sports News they said that AC Milan would be sending people over to speak face-to-face with Garber next week.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 14, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

On Sky Sports News they said that AC Milan would be sending people over to speak face-to-face with Garber next week.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 14, 2009 12:40 AM

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Yeah, except the people are coming from Sicily and the meeting is in the Meadowlands, probably not Giants Stadium either.

Posted by: IamAM | February 14, 2009 1:38 AM | Report abuse

MLS are trying to play tough, but this whole affair has shown how weak their position is. Beckham has improved fitness at Milan and is back in the England team. He has a shot at one last World Cup. If he goes back to MLS he loses that. The league is weak, the competition (for a player of Beckham's calibre) poor. He needs away, and however much Garber blusters, Becham will get what he wants.

Posted by: hertsred | February 14, 2009 2:53 AM | Report abuse

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ - huh, what? What? Oh, sorry, needed somewhere to move my Z's to now that there is real stadium news taking place...

Posted by: throwin | February 14, 2009 3:36 AM | Report abuse

AC Milan is playing the game. They want a healthy Becks without having to pay. Lowballing in hopes that LA Galaxy will blink which they haven't. Holding out that he'll walk away from his contract at the end of the year and they will get him for a song. The risk to Beckham is that another injury will come his way and the Italians won't think of taking him on.

Posted by: hootie1fan | February 14, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else read the LA Times article? Looks like the boss at Galaxy has really put his foot down. Good for him. I hate how these players beg for loans and then don't want to come back. Welcome to responsibility Beckham. Same to you Landycakes. You sign a contract, you play. I hate the Gal's but I am cheering for the ownership here for sure.

Posted by: buryyourduke | February 14, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

@jjfooty: Actually Milan president, manager and players including Pirlo and Maldini wanted Beckham to stay. It's been on many news.
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I was'nt syaing that milan did not really want him. I know that ancelloti has been urging the owners to give MLS a better offer. What I was saying was that all the news and quotes were coming from LAG so dont take it as the gospel. Milan had yet to really weigh in when the story broke. probably because it was around 4am in Milan. So i assume we will start to hear more as the weekend goes on. I read at ESPNsoccernet that it is possable that a deal could still be struck next week even though Garbers meaningless dealine has passed.
Garber, AEG, and MLS are showing how inexpirienced they are in the international player market. I dont think that they get that european squads tend to take their time a bit. I understand that LAG have season to prepare for but it is not hard to intigrate a player like becks into your team late in preseason. So there is no reason to rush this through, other than the fact that Garber wants to look like a tough guy to the international soccer world. Which he does not. He just looks foolish and arrogant. The other reason is money. MLS wants to lock david down so they can sell advertising for his TV games, get contracts for jersys, and sell tickets to games. It is not really a footballing driven issue here.
I say it is still 50/50 at best Becks comes back. and if he does it wont be good for anyone involved. MLS will be pissing away at least $10 million CASH here, cause becks will be gone in october for FREE. Does becks generate $10 million for the league in one season? maybe, maybe not, but as they say a bird in the hand...

Posted by: jjfooty | February 14, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

While everyone loves to underestimate the MLS, I think the opposite. I bet most leagues around the world did not grow as fast as the MLS has in its few years of inception. I could easily see in the future a more competitive league at a national and international level.

Posted by: fedster | February 14, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Beckham's problem is that the league as a whole isn't good enough for him. He certainly hasn't been dominant. His problem is that his team is poor. He's more of a complimentary type of player for the most part other than his freekicks. For him to really succeed he needs to have higher caliber players around him. Because he and LD eat up so much of LA's cap they can't afford to surround him with enough good players.

On the one hand MLS is being smart about not giving Beckham away yet. They must have figured out how much money he would be worth to them this season and that it is higher than what Milan is offering. So even if they have to let him go for free at the end of the year they still come out ahead. And if everyone expects him to be gone at the end of the year they could quietly say "come see David Beckham one last time before he runs away to Italy" to try and goose up ticket sales for this season.

I also think Arena is underestimating the psychology of the situation. Sure Beckham is a pro and will honor his contract. But like Lalas said the other night, once a guy is mentally gone, he's gone. Beckham has had a taste of what could be at Milan. It will be an inevitable let down for him to go back to LA.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 14, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

MLS will be pissing away at least $10 million CASH here, cause becks will be gone in october for FREE. Does becks generate $10 million for the league in one season? maybe, maybe not, but as they say a bird in the hand...

Posted by: jjfooty | February 14, 2009 9:24 AM

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Maybe, or maybe not. It depends on how much his buyout clause is for. I honestly have no idea what it is, but it is entirely possibly that it exceeds the offer Milan gave LA. $10-15 mil is being thrown around as what number MLS should pull the trigger on, but if the reports in Italy are true, Milan has already offered a $10 mil bid. If this is true, then MLS has calculated his value as higher.

I guess my point is that MLS' valuation of his rights and appearances, plus the money from his buyout, could be greater than any offer Milan would table. In this case, MLS would be smarter to take him back for the entire season then let him walk. But again, it depends on how much the buy-out clause is for.

Posted by: Josh8 | February 14, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Is this like going away to camp and meeting a lot of cool new friends and not wanting to go back home when summer ends?

Posted by: Pedalada | February 14, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

From a football standpoint he adds NOTHING to the league. He is not the kind of player that can take a so so team on his shoulders and turn them around (like Maradona did for Napoli for instance...). He is a pretty good football player and his best days are long gone.

If Milan really wanted him they would offer a lot more than 10 MLN USD.

In serie A, a 10 MLN USD (or 7.8 MLN EURO) offer for a "top" player would be considered offensive by any self-respecting club.

Posted by: malatestiano | February 14, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

maletaestiano, you are contradicting yourself. first you say he's not the type of player that will turn a team around, then you say 10mill for a top player is an insult. well, is beckham a top player or not?

beckham is a good player, 10 mil-15mil is what one should expect any team to pay for him, why? 'cos of his age. beckham wants to go to the WC, so Milan knows they will get a Beckham that can be usefull and productive this year and next - after South Africa, no one knows what Beckham will elect to do.

fact is, Beckham is worth more to MLS that to anyone else, and like it has already been said, he can leave in October for free.

if MLS plays hardball and doesnt let him leave, it hurts MLS in the long run, the leagiue will continue to be a last stop for quick $ for washed up players - they will never attact a player like him, who still has productive years left in him.

finally, in this age, we've seen it with a lot of players: Zidane, Figo, Rooney, et al, if a player wants to leave, and another team is willing to pay the transfer fee - the player will leave.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | February 15, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

vmrg1974, in my comment I placed the word TOP between quote marks...

What I was trying to say is that if AC Milan really meant what they are saying all over the Italian media ("David is vital for us", "He stabilized the midfield", "he is the missing piece to make us play right"... and so on...)they would have made a real offer. Not the joke offer that was reported....

My impression is that they are having a "so so" season and they are just trying to calm down the fan base (while making tons of money with becks branded merchandise...) with a PR/media operation without putting their money where their mouth is....

Posted by: malatestiano | February 16, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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