Sunday, September 02, 2007

Beckham rips critics of "pub team" Galaxy

David Beckham has again defended the standard of Major League Soccer and insists people who dismiss the Los Angeles Galaxy as a "pub team" know nothing about the game in the United States.

The England midfielder is out for six weeks with a knee injury, and since joining up with his Galaxy teammates this summer he and the team's management have had to field questions on whether the standard of the game is high enough for a player of Beckham's ability.

But the 32-year-old has no doubts the ambition and drive is there to make MLS one of the world's premier competitions and is adamant it is no "Mickey Mouse league".

Beckham told the Observer Sport Monthly: "I could feel straight away how much (LA Galaxy management) wanted to do well as a team; how much they want to make MLS bigger, make it a league that's known around the world. In a different way, you could feel how much it hurt them when people who don't know anything about it were turning round and calling the Galaxy a pub team and calling the MLS a Mickey Mouse league.

"I don't know whether it's ignorance or snobbery or whether it's the people saying these things have never played the game or watched it being played here."

Beckham, who signed a five-year contract with Galaxy in January, insists he has no regrets about moving to America despite interest from top clubs in Europe.

"One of the negatives I've picked up from the press back home is people saying 'it's too early for you to go there. You'll regret it,'" Beckham said.

"And I just feel like saying 'No, seriously, I'm not going to regret it because I know this is the right time for me! Real Madrid stalling over a new contract last season was probably what started me thinking 'maybe I do need something new, a new challenge. A fresh start somewhere else that would get me excited all over again'."

Source: Observer

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At 4:21 am, Blogger peiyi said...

what do people mean when they say beck's gone to USA 'too early'? they're so insulting american soccer! it's just implying that soccer should be a place for retirees to spend their time there and not for abled and capable footballers to play in USA. what criticisms.

At 4:20 pm, Blogger peiyi said...

know what i just heard, a. ferguson just said that becks will never make it big in the US. he'll never change US soccer. i'm sorry paul, but i just felt that he's such an ass. the more i think of him, the more i hate him.

and truthfully, i did wish keane kicked his ass that day. too bad.

At 6:54 pm, Blogger Paulsworld said...

Posted the story to the blog.


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